Here’s what I’m reading this summer:
About a Boy, Nick Hornby
Skinny Dip, Carl Hiaasen
Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Code of the Woosters, PG Wodehouse (may substitute My Man Jeeves)
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
Columbine, Dave Cullen
The Hours, Michael Cunningham
Since I’m writing a dark comedy, I will probably add in some David Lodge (Changing Places, Small World, and Nice Work are all fun reads) and perhaps Richard Russo’s Empire Falls. If you haven’t read Straight Man, do.
Here are more suggestions. I tend toward the second list.
I’m not much for thrillers, but Salon has a few suggestions.
UPDATE: Welcome Anchoress readers!