What I’m Reading – Summer 2013

When I was a girl, I loved summertime reading. I’d ride my bike to the library on a warm summer morning, spend a lot of time picking out my books and then ride home, the books in my basket on my handlebars.  I can’t recreate the leisure and pleasure of that time in my life, but I can have my selection of summer reading all picked out by the first day of summer, which is today, June 22nd.   See what I’ve got on my list so far.  What are you reading this summer?

Mists of Avalon

thThis 1983 novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley I read many years ago, but I am revisiting it this summer as an audio book.  And  I love it again!  It’s a retelling of the King Arthur legend, but this time from the point of view of the women behind the throne, including Arthur’s mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine (also known as Morgan le Fay, “the Fairy”) ; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; and his wife, Gwenwyfar or Guinevere.

I am also loving again the 2001 TNT-TV movie of the same name with Angelica Houston as Viviane and Julianna Margulies as Morgaine.Mists of Avalon TNT movie As I watch it again and re-read the book, I am still fascinated by the women characters and how their stories had been lost or misinterpreted by male story tellers until Marion Zimmer Bradley brought them to life  with all their strengths and flaws.  It’s also a story about the movement from the Goddess-center spiritual belief to the God-centered religious beliefs of today in a good part of the world.  Zimmer Bradely is a great writer of historical fiction, which I hope to write someday … soon!


Little Women and Me

littlewomenme1This is a YA (Young Adult) book by Lauren Baratz-Logsted that I just started reading.  The main character,  Emily March, writes an essay for school assignment to describe one thing that she’d change about one of her favorite books.

Emily’s favorite  book happens to be Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which is also my favorite book ever.  In this new story, Emily mysteriously gets transported into the 1860 world of the March sister and attempts to right some injustices in the March family.  What happens next?  I’m still finding out about that.  But I love the idea of this book.  What would happened if in a magical mystical way, we could enter the fictional world of the characters we love? What a great idea for a book!  Why didn’t I think of that?


Her  Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful SymmetryThis is the latest book by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, a book I loved. That book was about time traveling and so she had the narrative travel in time, too.  It was fun to see how she did that as a writer.  Because of the narrative style of the book, it was hard to imagine how it could be made into a movie, but it was in 2009.  The movie (of the same name) which starred Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, was a good rendering of the book and it made parts of it more understandable.

I’m listening to Her Fearful Symmetry as an audio book but I also have the book in hard copy, too.  Sometimes I like to “hear” the book and also “see” it on the page.  In this story like her last, Niffenegger is a master of point of view shifts and strong character development. This one is the story of a set of twins, who beget another set of twins, hence the “symmetry” of the title, I think.  I’m still getting into the book, a vast web of characters and much of the novel is set in London, a city I love.  So I’m into this book!