Between the Lines: Booklovers share summer reading lists

Published: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8AANDE
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 - 8:42 am

As part of our June 9 summer-reading preview package, we asked you to share your summer reading lists with us, so we can share them with other readers, maybe get some literary synergy going.

You're off to a good start. But the question remains: What's in your book bag this summer? Fiction, nonfiction or both? Send us your summer reading lists, and we'll print them each week in this column as the summer goes on.

Please email your lists to Include the words "Summer Reading" in the subject field, and tell us your full name, city of residence and best daytime phone number to reach you.

Meanwhile, here's a sampling of the responses we've received so far:

"I love historical fiction, but I like to mix it up," said Connie Zamarripa of Fair Oaks. "I belong to a book club, where I learn a lot of things from the books we choose."

Her summer list:

• "Secret Daughter" by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

• "O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather

• "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson

• "War Brides" by Helen Bryan

• "The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott

• "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman

• "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter

• "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie Benjamin

• "Defending Jacob" by William Landay

• "Entwined With You" by Sylvia Day.

"I have an insatiable curiosity and want to know everything," said Pam Flohr of Carmichael. "After reading lots of 'heavy stuff' for the Renaissance Society's Great Books Group (at California State University, Sacramento), at last I got to plunder my bookshelves for things I've been anxious to read. A glass of iced tea (or wine), soft jazz in the background and bookworm fun!"

• "Awakenings" by Oliver Sacks

• "The Epigenetics Revolution" by Nessa Carey

• "The World Until Yesterday" by Jared Diamond

• "Prague Winter" by Madeleine Albright

• "Hedy's Folly" by Richard Rhodes

• "Personal History" by Katharine Graham

• "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" by Studs Terkel

• "French Lessons" by Peter Mayle

• "Judgement Call" by J.A. Jance

• "Cat's Claw" by Susan Wittig Albert

• "The Brass Verdict" by Michael Connelly.

"I made a summer list last year, too, and it helped me organize my reading," said Penny Wells of Sacramento.

"My husband and I are going RVing up the North Coast, and I thought I'd bring something classic along with some mysteries. With (my e-reader), the books are instantly at hand. I've got to get my tangible collection read eventually."

• "Sweet Jiminy" by Kristin Gore

• "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built" by Alexander McCall Smith

• "Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray

• "Bluegrass Undercover" by Kathleen Brooks

• "A Great Deliverance" by Elizabeth George

• "Clair DeWitt and the City of the Dead" by Sara Gran.

"I like a lot of the best- sellers, but I also like mysteries and history, especially (set in) the Tudor period," said Ginger Dent of Rocklin.

• "Joyland" by Stephen King

• "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

• "Don't Go" by Lisa Scottoline

• "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey

• "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand

• "Inferno" by Dan Brown

• "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini

• "A Feast For Crows" by George R.R. Martin

• "Z" by Therese Anne Fowler

• "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan

• "Sacrilege" by S.J. Parris

• "After Visiting Friends" by Michael Hainey

• "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel

• "The Rithmatist" by Brandon Sanderson

• "The Shining" by Stephen King ("A sequel is coming out this fall, so I wanted to read the original one first.")

New films based on books

Is the movie ever as good as the book? Is the "companion book" ever as good as the movie? You decide:

"Salinger" is a documentary on the life of writer J.D. "Catcher in the Rye" Salinger that attempts to answer the question: Why did he stop writing in 1965 and become a recluse?

Though the 750-page manuscript of a "companion biography" to the film has been turned in to editors at Simon & Schuster, no one at the publishing house will talk about it, except to say, "It's far beyond anything that's been written about Salinger to date."

See the trailer at Release date is Sept. 6.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio is based on the autobiography by stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who did jail time for noncooperation in a securities fraud case. At the peak of his fortune-fueled frenzy, Belfort ran up a hotel bill of $700,000.

See the trailer at Release date is Nov. 15.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the second of three movies made from one book ("The Hobbit") by J.R.R. Tolkien, starring Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen.

See the trailer at Release date is Dec. 13.

Area authors debut books

Thriller novelist James Rollins has a new book due Tuesday, along with a tour stop in Roseville the same day.

The El Dorado Hills-based writer left his veterinary practice to write adventure novels that mix sound scientific principles with rough-and-tumble action. "The Eye of God" is the ninth in his best-selling Sigma Force series (William Morrow, $27.99, 432 pages).

Catch the author at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1256 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 788-4320. Visit him at

On the subject of area authors, former radio host Ronnie Rush recalls his years as a roadie to some of rock 'n' roll's legendary bands in "Life of a Roadie: The Gypsy in Me" (Wise Media, $19.95, 272 pages).

Horror writers win awards

Most readers like a scary story. Just ask Dean Koontz or any member of the Horror Writers Association, "an organization dedicated to promoting dark literature."

The group recently announced the winners of its Bram Stoker awards for "superior achievement" in a number of categories. Visit

Novel: "The Drowning Girl" by Caitlín R. Kiernan

First novel: "Life Rage" by L.L. Soares

Young adult novel: "Flesh & Bone" by Jonathan Maberry

Graphic novel: "Witch Hunts" by Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton

Long fiction: "The Blue Heron" by Gene O'Neill

Short fiction: "Magdala Amygdala" by Lucy Snyder

Screenplay: "The Cabin in the Woods" by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard

Anthology: "Shadow Show" edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller

Fiction collection: "New Moon on the Water" by Mort Castle, and "Black Dahlia and White Rose" by Joyce Carol Oates

Nonfiction: "Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween" by Lisa Morton

Poetry: "Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls" by Marge Simon


If you have information on author appearances or other book-related special events, email it to at least two weeks before the event. To read the online calendar, go to Questions? Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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