May 29, 2008, 07:12AM

Suggested Summer Reading

Whether you're home from school or off on vacation, summers tend to be a more conducive season for leisurely reading than others. If you're looking for ideas, here's a place to start.

• "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens

Indulge in this epic novel that takes place during the French Revolution.

• "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne

If you're a fan of science fiction, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," is the perfect deep sea quest to get lost in.

• "Bright Shiny Morning" by James Frey

The controversial author who got caught for stretching the truth in his memoir "A Million Little Pieces" a few years ago is now receiving good reviews for his new fiction novel about Los Angeles.

• "What Happened to Cass McBride?" by Gail Giles

This novel is about a discouraged teenage boy who goes to extremes when he believes a popular girl caused his younger brother's suicide - he decides to bury her alive.


  • I might be mistaken, but I don't see any choose your own adventure novels in there.

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  • Dan, do you really want to advertise your semi-illiteracy? "A Tale of Two Cities" may not provide the instant gratification of a YouTube video or graphic novel, but it's certainly not "boring."

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  • By the way, this is not an endorsement of this article, which not only botches the publication date of "Catcher in the Rye" (1951, not '45) but also recommends books by Barbara Walters and Dan Barry.

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  • I agree with dan. Charles dickens (and that crappy Jane eyre book) to me is the ultimate stereotype of boring "classics" about england that should only be placed on high school curriculums to dissuade young people from reading. I'm not saying its bad but jesus its boring. Same with moby dick (i mean the whole chapters on whale science that aren't even remotely accurate?). Just because something is a classic doesn't mean it is above criticism, and should stand on its own merit besides its hallowed status. Like the mark twain quote, "Classic: a book which people praise and don't read."

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  • With the exception of Dickens and Verne, this reads like a list of "books read by someone who I think may be fun to talk to because they say they're a reader, but who turns out to suck."

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