I am a voracious reader. I can finish a 350 page book in about four hours, depending on how much attention I wish to devote. Also, while my apartment has a TV, it isn't connected to anything other than a DVD player. So I have the desire and the impetus to read a great deal, and the summer always seems a perfect time for that.
AV Club book reviews, and those in most other publications. I'm a member of GoodReads.com. I do try to find "good" books, but for the most part I'm easy. I'll read anything that is left sitting around long enough, from old copies of the New York Times Magazine to TV Guide to trashy romance novels. Although, for the record, I actually read trashy romance novels for enjoyment, they're better than a pint of ice cream. And significantly less fattening. And they teach me some really interesting vocab words.
At any rate, I'm trying to compile a list of summer reading books, and possibly people from whom to borrow them (I hate my branch library) .
Here is what I have so far:
The Human Stain by Phillip Roth: CJ left this at my house with the other stuff I'm supposed to store for him while he's away.
Nobody Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July: I love short stories, I do a lot of reading on the subway/other mass transit, and I hate books with long chapters, because there is no natural ending place. Also, her website is charming,
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman: This looks interesting, but I'm a bit wary because I didn't really like The Lovely Bones, and it appears to be in the same style. Also, I should probably stop reading about death while my boyfriend is away. I tend to have nightmares.
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: Ok, so this one is about death too, but I love history, and it is about that most magical of cities... Chicago! It freaked my brother out, but it has the added benefit of being owned by one of my roommates. Free+accessible trumps freaky+depressing.
This list will probably only last a week or two, so suggestions are welcomed, especially if they come with books. I will read those first, and return them in good condition, I promise! And you can borrow anything you want from my bizarre, esoteric, and heavily military-history book collection. It's great if you want to read some John Keegan.