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Of all the books Tim O’Brien has written, I think The Things They Carried is the most well-known and well-read (but that’s just me). When I said I planned to read all of Tim O’Brien this summer, there was a lot of enthusiasm for this book in particular.

Because of that, I decided to encourage more people to join me in reading the book. My plan is to have it read by Monday, July 26 and put up a post that day. I’ll do a Mr. Linky so others can leave reviews or discussions, then I hope we’ll have a good chat in the comments.

Over the last few weeks I got to work on a freelance story for our local newspaper about summer reading trends and approaches. I interviewed local librarians and other readers to try and write about why people choose the books they choose in the summer, and about the idea of taking on summer reading projects versus “beach reads.”

I’d love it if you went over and read the article and let me know what you think. There’s also a sidebar of suggested summer reads in a variety of categories that I think turned out well too. And there’s a story on e-readers (by another editor), that I think is good too.

Summer of Tim O’Brien

by Kim on May 1, 2010 · 36 comments

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There are, I think, two schools of thought about summer reading. The first is that summer is a time for light, fluffy, beachy reads. Sunshine means pulling out your Patterson novels or Picoult melodramas, then laying back in the sun with a floppy hat and a margarita.

Other people think of summer as a time for reading projects — using time and vacation to really delve into something intense. That’s what I did last summer when I read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I didn’t always love it, but I got done and felt proud of what I’d accomplished.

The Future of The Sisterhood (A Vlog!)

by Kim on September 23, 2009 · 32 comments

The Sisterhood of the Summer Book Reviews — a project where my sister and I read and review each others favorite books — was supposed to just be a summer thing. However, our reviews were well-received and we had fun, so we decided to keep doing reviews together throughout the year. We saw each other […]

I finished Infinite Jest this morning, all 981 pages plus all 98 pages of footnotes. I’m not sure how I feel. Excited. Tired. Accomplished. Confused. As soon as I got to the last page, I turned to the beginning and read the entire first section (17 pages) over again because those scenes are actually set […]

Title: The Truth About Forever Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: YA Fiction Summary: Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen has a dull summer ahead of her — her boyfriend as at camp and she’s working at the library and studying for the SAT. Macy is also dealing with her father’s recent, unexpected death, as is her mother. A few […]

I realized this morning that I have not finished a single book in the month of August. Part of it’s because I’ve been slogging along with Infinite Jest, which takes a lot of time. Even though Infinite Summer officially ends September 22, my goal is to finish the book before classes start just because I […]

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve been interning at The Capital Times this summer. Along with learning about online journalism, posting stories to the web, writing features for print, and generally helping out, I also spent a long time working on a multimedia project. The project is an interactive timeline about the day […]

The Random Reading Challenge

by Kim on August 5, 2009 · 12 comments

Wendy at CaribousMom is hosting the Random Reading Challenge, which is a challenge to bring back some of the spontaneity of reading by having a challenge without a list. Participants can choose to read six, nine, or 12 books between August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010 and the books need to be chosen randomly […]

Happy Birthday, Me :)

by Kim on July 8, 2009 · 31 comments

So, today is my 23rd birthday! Normally I wouldn’t post about this specifically, but I think it makes a good short post for Blog Post Bingo (which anyone can participate in!). I don’t have any big plans for today — Boyfriend took me to see Mat Kearney in concert last night, and I’m celebrating with […]