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What books will Monitor readers be enjoying this summer?

We asked our readers what they are reading this month and – on a scale of 1 to 10 – here are the books they're enjoying the most.

By Monitor Staff / June 16, 2011

Lots of readers will be picking up the books in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" cycle this summer, thanks to the current HBO drama based on "A Game of Thrones," the first book in the series.


More often it's us telling you what we've been reading. But last week we asked the Monitor's Facebook fans to tell us – on a scale of 1 to 10 – what they are reading and how they are liking it. They gave us plenty of answers. Here are some of the titles that drew the most enthusiasm and the highest marks:

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Irene Hofsetter gave Storm of Swords, the third book in George R. R. Martin's epic "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, an 8.

Jody Zuk loves Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (although she says that she regrets seeing the recent film version of the book, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, before she read the book itself).

Barry Wightman praises The Pale King by David Foster Wallace and calls it some of the best writing he's seen all year.

Jay Gatsby gave Decision Points by George Bush a 10 and says that, "Whether you liked President Bush or not" you should "read about the motivations and facts behind his decisions."

Jocelyn Cordova says that at halfway through The Island under the Sea by Isabel Allende she would give the novel an 8.

Joan Gaylord calls Monument Eternal: the Music of Alice Coltrane by Franya J. Berkman a fresh perspective on "a major musician who stood for too long in the shadow of her husband" and gives it an 8.

Abraham McLaughlin recommends What Is There to Say to What We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell by Suzanne Marrs, writing that "their gentle affection for, and encouragement of, each other is what friendship is all about." He rates the book as an 8.

Andi Diehn gives the annotated version of Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen a 10.

Jolene Miller says she is enjoying Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, the gripping story of one town's quest to build an early Gothic cathedral. She says she read the book after many recommendations from friends.


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