Who remembers high school summer reading books? Anybody? (Word Nerd raises her hand. Both hands actually. She was assigned a lot of summer reading).
As Word Nerd recalls slogging through "A Brief History of Time," "Les Miserables" and "The Scarlet Letter" (plus other titles she doesn't really remember) and it was no way to spend a summer vacation. On the other hand, if Les Miz hadn't been assigned for summer reading, Word Nerd probably wouldn't have made it through all 1,488 pages of that book.
This is the time of year when magazines and the like dub their summer book picks for this summer and review the latest and greatest books coming out.
So far, Word Nerd's got one book on her summer picks list: Michael Chabon's new novel, "The Yiddish Policemen's Union." Of course, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is on the list too, but that's a given. Word Nerd's pretty sure she'll get through the last three of C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner books as well.
And she's thinking it's high time for a classic. Or two. Like the recently translated Jules Verne book, "The Meteor Hunt." Maybe.
Anything you are planning on reading this summer?