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May 29, 2009

Open book thread: Summer reading recommendations

Open book 2 'Tis the season for digging up some good books for vacation reading. Here at BreakPoint, we're working on our new book lists, which will be out about the middle of next week. But in the meantime, we'd like to hear your suggestions. What good books have you been reading lately that you'd like to recommend?

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Benjamin Ady

I've just read Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" and greatly liked it. It's nominated for the Hugo, and best of all you can download the e-version for free from the author's website =).


My daughter bought me a book for Mother's Day called Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Relin. It is about Greg's work in Pakistan trying to open schools in the remote, mountainous areas. It is not from a Christian viewpoint, but it gave me a new perspective on the people of that area, instead of just what the MSM shows, and it was interesting to read what he went through.

Steve (SBK)

Oh yeah. First mention, from my searches, on The Point:
People, read Richard Adam's "Watership Down"! Just read that last month (again), and it's an amazing example of Tolkien's concept of sub-creation.

Jason Taylor

I've just started reading Tales From the Alhambra by Washington Irving. It is about Irving's travels in Spain, his exploration of an old Moorish palace and of some of the legends connected with it.


The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie WIllis.

These are the two best books I've read lately. Click on the titles to read a short review.


Ok, I haven't read it, but I really really just want to know what Lori has to say about this...

Ben W

I recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns and/or The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Amazon page of A Thousand Splendid Suns, with reviews:

jason taylor

I should be getting a replacement copy of Istanbul Intrigues by Barry Rubin. My old copy has to be duct-taped together.

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