Crowd-sourced Summer Reading Suggestions

So far this summer, most of my reading has been nonfiction. Having a yearning to read fiction, I asked my social networks what they recommended.

Thanks to @amuhs, @llake, @cloudspark, @ddpaek, @LarryHehn, @frankmckay, my Twitter request yielded these suggestions:

And on Facebook Tom Golway, Hannah Doak Clifton, Elektra Damianos Gaebelien, Denise Lafountain, Greg Daly, Michell Arnold Paine, Kate Arnold Fitzpatrick, Katelyn Jo Melanson, Richard Cebra, Amy Cyrway, Maggie Hall, Jeff Pouland, Robert Sezak, Wayne Burke, Jean Coltart, Kathleen Tozier Duprey, Joanna Tracy Martel, Bill Taylor, and Faye Nicholson recommended:

These are all (affiliate) linked to Amazon but Robert Sezak reminded me that most of these books can be purchased at used books stores like RE-BOOKS in Waterville!

Amazon’s new pricing strategy?

A colleague recommended a particular book this morning, so I went to Amazon to check it out.

Here’s what I saw on the home page:

Take a look at this close up:

Do you see the book on the right? It used to cost $10 but now Amazon buyers can get it for only $14.04?

I wonder if Amazon’s experimenting with a new pricing structure. Pretty bold in a down economy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ask Without Fear is on AMAZON!!

Need I say more? ๐Ÿ™‚

I am thrilled beyond words to announce that Ask Without Fear is now on!

If you’ve purchased a copy, please write your review! If not, you can get a copy here:

or here:

(Hint: You get the autograph if you buy through the link. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What’s on YOUR bedside table?

What I'm reading
I’ve been thinking about my reading materials lately:

These all fascinate me.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m a bit unbalanced.

At least I’m consistent, as you can see at my profile.

May Reading

May 2002
Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
Another I read out loud to my family. I love L’Engle’s imagination. A wonderful form of midrash.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
Read this book outloud to my wife and our new daughter. Amazing imagery!

So That’s What They’re For!: Breastfeeding Basics by Janet Tamaro
I re-read this fun book on a very serious topic in preparation for the birth of our second child.

Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle
This hardcover edition includes the “anti-muffin” chapter that wasn’t originally published. A quick, engaging story.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
I started reading this series out loud to my son, a few pages a day before he goes to sleep. Lewis is an incredible story teller.

Boys Will Be Men: Masculinity in Troubled Times by Richard A. Hawley
Hawley has some great insights about boys and about masculinity in the 20th century but I must’ve missed how he intended to tie it all together. This book seemed more like a series of essays than a cohesive whole.

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and ‘Women’s Work’ by Kathleen Norris
This slim volume is packed with wisdom.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’d never been able to get through this book until I read it out loud to my wife! It’s terrific.

The Cat Who Robbed a Bank by Lilian Jackson Braun
I’m doing this series out of sequence but it’s as delightful as ever. Recorded Books does wonderful editions of Braun’s work.

Schoolmastering by Samuel S. Drury
This 1926 book on being a boarding school headmaster is a classic. Drury was the head (“rector”) of St. Paul’s School in NH.

Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques
I did it. I’ve caught up with my wife before the baby came. Another fun Redwall story.

The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey, Danny Danziger
I enjoyed this book through a recording by Books on Tape. An interesting look at life a millenium ago.

Addiction and Grace by Gerald May
I was indirectly inspired to read this after reading so much Anne Lammott. May does incredible things with his understanding of addiction and God’s love. I highly recommend this for people of any faiths.

Salamandstron by Brian Jacques
My wife’s charged me with catching up to her in this series before our second child is born this month. I’ve liked each book in this series so far!