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Weird Summer Reading 2017

We can see summer over the horizon. Thus begins one of our favorite activities of the year: coming up with summer reading lists. You can organize summer reading lists by age (as we do for young readers every year so look forward to that), genre, theme, beach-readability, historical era, historical event, author, or even what kind of summer you want to have, like a relaxing summer or an adventurous summer or a romantic summer, or whatever. Well, if you’re one of the handful of people out there hoping to have a weird summer, you’ve come to the right place.

The Summer Stretch

The idea of “summer reading” being mostly lighter, fluffier books comes from the fact that after a school year’s worth of intellectual effort, it’s nice to take a break and read undemanding books. And it is nice to kick back, relax, watch characters do interesting things in interesting places, and not work very hard for awhile.

Top 10 Book Covers OF ALL TIME!!!!

Being a bookseller means looking at hundreds (maybe even thousands) of book covers over the course of the year and, when you’ve been a bookseller as long as I have (which is almost twelve years now), you’re bound to develop opinions and tastes when it comes to book covers. So I started a Pinterest board to collect some of the covers that I thought were most successful. At time of writing I’ve shared my thoughts on almost 150 different book covers.

SPQR

SPQR by Mary BeardSPQR by Mary Beard is a quite different kind of history writing. While her subject covers a millennium of ancient Roman history, Beard is not attempting a grand conception of the civilization such as Burkhardt did for the Renaissance or as Jared Diamond has written in more recent years.

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