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June 2010

» Happy Summer, and welcome to the inaugural 2010 Summer Reading List of Lists. Check the Pocket once a week for updates, or just bookmark the 2010 Summer Reading List and refer back when your bookshelf runs dry.

Journal of Opinion, 1934: Good Books That Almost Nobody Has Read
USA Today: Hot summer books: Titles worth reading in every genre
USA Today Summer Books Calendar
NYT: Beach-Chair-Worthy Books
WSJ: Summer's Best Reads
WSJ: Great Expectations Sixteen reads the book world is betting on, from literary debuts to scientific adventures
NPR: Sizzling Summer Picks From Indie Booksellers
CSM: Summer 2010 reading guide
CSM: 5 mysteries that sizzle make cool summer reading
CSM: 8 (smart) books for the beach
CSM: 10 great books for Father's Day
CSM: 5 gripping real-life adventure stories
LA Times: 'Lost' reading list: the show's creators discuss literary influences, from Stephen King to Flannery O'Connor
The Arizona Republic: Summer Books: Fiction
BusinessWeek: Business School Summer Reading Lists 2010
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Summer books: Hornets, vampires, terrorists are coming by
Lincoln Journal Star: Summer reads: Books to keep you reading all summer long
Bloomberg: Top 50 Business Books, 'Animal Spirits' to 'What the Dog Saw'
Newsday: Beachy keen: 10 hot new summer books
O Magazine: 10 Books to Read Right Now
Entertainment Weekly: 18 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Summer
Details: Your Essential Summer Reading List
Westchester Magazine: Summer Reading
2010 James Beard Foundation Media and Book Award Winners
2010 Edgar Nominees
Agatha Award Winners
2010 Caine Prize for African Writing Shortlist
Library Journal: Short Takes: Summer Men's Fiction
Library Journal: Short Takes: Summer Women's Fiction
Top 10 Welsh underground novels
Desert Island Books (ones that actually take place on a desert island)
Arabic Writer's Union: The Best 100 Arabic Books
The Best True Crime Books
National One Book+One Parish+One Summer 2010 Begins
Summer Reading Ideas: Victorian Literature and the Novel

Children and Young Adults:
Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1960: "200 Great Books for Young Americans," ages 14 to 18
The Summer 2010 Children's Indie Next List
Guardian UK: The best children's books ever
CSM: 5 books for kids of all ages
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Reading for a Summer of Fun
Salon: Your daughters' summer vacation reading list Ages 4-12
The Statesman: Children's books: Summer titles for every age
Arizona Daily Sun: Summer reading: All in the family
The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards
Writers Against Racism: Ira Socol's DIVERSE Summer Reading List (secondary level) Top 10 Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens: 2010 (scroll past the ads to get to the bulk of the list)
Summer reading for antsy little boys
Summer Reading: 52 Picks for the Hols (Bonus: adult titles, too!)
 [ 06.02.10 ]

» The rise of the Historical Mystery from niche to award-winning, best-selling genre. I'd never even heard of Uncle Abner before, or indeed, most of these protagonists.  [ 06.03.10 ]

» The pictures BP doesn't want you to see.  [ 06.04.10 ]

» This week's installment includes thrillers, business books, and writer's favorites from summers past. Adults:
NPR: Summer Titles That Will Transport You Into The Past
NPR: Booksellers' Picks: 15 Soaring Summer Reads
Salon: Your guide to nail-biting summer reads
Salon: Your guiltiest summer reading pleasures
New York Books: If You Liked My Book, You'll Love These: Six writers on their favorite reading, genre by genre
USA Today: Roundup: Mysteries, thrillers to chill you this summer
NYTimes: Summer Shares: Eight writers tell us what they have read on their summer vacations.
LA Times: Summer reading: 60 titles for 92 days
Seattle PI: The Early Word Swimsuit Edition: New Summer Reading, Week of June 1, 2010
New York Post: Summer beach book preview
Publisher's Weekly: 'PW' Staff Picks 2010
Time: Summer Book Picks Books WEEK OF JUN 7 - JUN 13
The Root: Summer Reading: Best of the Beltway
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time [Cool Tools recommendation]
 [ 06.08.10 ]

» Now you can support Rebecca's Pocket by making your summer book purchases at Amazon's Summer Reading Store!

This week's summer reading installment includes books on soccer, the best science fiction of 1912, books that have captured and shaped the experiences of African-Americans, 10 recommended writers over the age of 80, and a lesbian mystery roundup. Plus picture books, chapter books, and other books for kids.
NPR: Fiction, Long And Short, For Summertime Escape
NPR: To Market, To Market: 10 Top Summer Cookbooks
NPR: Historical Fiction: The Ultimate Summer Getaway
NPR: Booksellers' Picks: 15 Soaring Summer Reads
NPR: Fiction, Long And Short, For Summertime Escapes
NPR: Vampire Stories: Two New Twists On An Old Nemesis
Guardian: Carlos Ruiz Zafón's top 10 20th-century gothic novels
Guardian: Mihir Bose's top 10 football books
Vancouver Sun: Prep for the World Cup with these books about soccer 10 hot new summer books
Lambda Literary: Lesbian Mystery Roundup: May 2010
Publishers Weekly: The Books on Foodies' Beach Blankets
Essence: 40th Anniversary Portfolio: 40 Summer Books 40 books that have captured and shaped the experiences of African-Americans
Forbes: Twenty-One Women Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Favorite Business Books
The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 shortlist [longlist]
The Nebula Awards
Independent Book Publishers Association: Benjamin Franklin Award Finalists 2010
Gospel Music Channel: Summer Reading 2010: The Best of the Best
No Tells: Recommended Summer Reading (Poetry)
Shelflife: Short short stories
The Reader's Advisor: Under the Radar: Thrillers to Read While You Wait for the New Stieg Larsson
Ward Six: Ten Over 80: Writers To Go Back And Read
io9: The Best Year of Science Fiction Ever: 1912
Goodreads: Summer
Goodreads: Summer Reading
Goodreads: Summer Books

Children and Young Adults:
Shelflife: Summer Reads for Tweens
Shelflife: Children's Summer Reads: Picture Books
Shelflife: Children's Summer Reads: Chapter Books
Shelflife: Ship Ahoy!: Sail Into the Sunset with a Picture Book
Shelflife: Can You Feel the Beat? Picture Books that Boogie!
 [ 06.14.10 ]

» The New Yorker: Fresh Hell. What's behind the boom in dystopian fiction for young readers? Heck, I think it's because they already live in dystopia: their parents' homes.  [ 06.15.10 ]

» This week's summer reading installment includes books on finance, crime novels, sci-fi, recommendations from the women of Forbes, and some scary books for kids.

NPR: Top Reads: Summer Heat Sparks Rise In Crime Novels
NPR: Summer Books That Make The Critics' Cut
Houston Chronicle: It's summer reading time, so get crackin' - a book, that is
Portland Tribune: Sports books: My suggested summer reading
WSJ Blogs Financial Adviser: Nine Books to Read This Summer (Plus My Own)
National Post: Summer Reading: Some reminders that life is awesome Travel around the world through summer's best beach books
Elle: Top 10 Summer Books for 2010
Forbes: The Absolute Best Books For Summer: Members of the ForbesWoman community tell us which books will make their summer reading lists and why
Kevin Hatch: Scifi for Summer Reading
S. Krishna's Books: Summer Reading List

Children and Young Adults:
Salon: 10 great "grownup" books for kids A summer reading list of adult literature suitable for middle school readers
Bright Hub: Summer Books that are Haunted!!
 [ 06.21.10 ]

» 10 artists who are creating sublime art with the barest of resources, using the Internet, video, and...sand.  [ 06.22.10 ]

» Jim Emerson has written a thoughtful post on the ways in which the experience and social element of film-watching have changed, not disappeared--and why that points to a brighter future (and present) than the past. It's a terrific piece, well worth reading for that alone.

Embedded deep in the article is a tangential and thought-provoking idea that is also worth your consideration:

[W]e need a Slow Internet Movement along the lines of Slow Food and Slow Cinema, if we're really going to take advantage of the archival nature of the Web. It's not just about being first and fast and superficial; it's an opportunity to consider a spectrum of arguments and evidence.

As you know, the blogging mainstream has veered 180 degrees from anything resembling a Slow Internet aesthetic[*]. But Jim's phrase "the archival nature of the Web" hits the nail on the head. With so much analysis, reflection, and imagination collected on the Internet, why are there not more writers curating, collating, and synthesizing this vast repository with measured deliberation?

Most popular bloggers will tell you that this is exactly what they do--but they do it at lightning speed. The popular Web most closely resembles a hyper-paced newspaper, with Extra editions required for every new development, regardless of its importance. Publish (and publish and publish) or perish is the credo--and in fact the reality--of any Internet publication that desires mindshare and/or advertising revenue.

The Slow Web would be more like a book, retaining many of the elements of the Popular Web, but unhurried, re-considered, additive. Research would no longer be restricted to rapid responders. Conclusions would be intentionally postponed until sufficiently noodled-with. Writers could budget sufficient dream-time before setting pixel to page. Fresh thinking would no longer have to happen in real time.

I love the Fast Web, and I value the work that is done there. But no matter how informed, intelligent, and talented a writer may be, an idea that has been returned to and then turned away from, repeatedly, is simply different from one that is formed in a few hours, based on that afternoon's best available facts. (via @ebertchigago)

[*] Obviously there are exceptions, but on the Web in general and on blogs specifically, to the "first and fast" belong the spoils traffic.  [ 06.23.10 ]

» Why I Returned My iPad. It's all true. One of my goals as a parent will be to ensure that my children are bored part of the time. That's when children invent games, write stories, learn new skills, or read an unfamiliar book. Just as the eye needs space to make sense of words on a page, the mind needs space to make sense of its thoughts, intentions, and emotions. (thanks, jjg!)  [ 06.24.10 ]

» Chefs Resources is a "culinary wikipedia" designed to be a collaborative culinary resource for professional chefs. I share it here for those, like me, with a passion for cooking and food culture.  [ 06.25.10 ]

» This week's summer reading installment includes suggestions for progressive Christians, authors' recommendations, and lots of books for kids and tweens.

Today: Have fun reading in the summer sun: Try great book recommendations from these three authors
Relevant Magazine: Top 10 Summer Books
Huffington Post: Nina Sankovitch: What I am Reading This Summer and Why

Children and Young Adults:
ABC News: Summer Reading: The Best Books for Your Kids
Salon: Best fantasy books for children A summer reading list that will let your kid explore the magical realm (and you may even want to come along too)
Shelflife: Children's novels: Summer adventures away from home
BrightHub: Reading lists for Elementary Students in the Summer
BrightHub: Books for Summer
Our Big Earth: Must-Haves for Your Tween's Summer Reading List
Huffington Post: Pam Allyn: Summer Reading: A Midsummer Night's Read
 [ 06.28.10 ]

» Oil reaches Pensacola Beach in Florida. These pictures are just devastating.  [ 06.29.10 ]

» Book publishers Ballantine Books and Harlequin Teen are planning to electronically publish inexpensive "bridge" stories for two of their authors, both to build buzz among current fans, and (hopefully) to attract new readers.  [ 06.30.10 ]



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