Monday, June 24, 2013

Beach Read Favorites

Vacation times are coming, and for many of us that means a chance to catch up on some reading. I know I’m looking forward to my week at the beach with a stack of new titles, including Grace’s Pictures by our own Cindy Thomson. :-)

There seem to be trends every year for what “the big summer read” is. I’m not sure what this year’s is because I’ve been too swamped with work things to notice. But it led me to do a little digging to learn what some popular titles of yesteryear were.

Here are a few that I found, courtesy of the search engine on the dMarie Time Capsule website. If you were interested in reading the top books of June in these years, here’s what you might’ve carried on your trip:

1901: Kim by Rudyard Kipling or Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
1905: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
1908: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster or The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
1916: The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1920: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, or The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1925: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, or Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1930: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer, Selected Essays 1917-1932 by T.S. Eliot, or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Some have familiar titles or authors for me, and I actually read a couple in high school or college.

What about you? Have your read any of these books, or other titles by the same authors? More importantly for those of us working on our reading stash, what are you planning to read on vacation this year? We’d love to know!

~ Leigh

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