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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
Kathyrn Sykes Krentz gives Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls a 9.
Chic Barna calls In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larsonan "excellent narrative history of the first year of Hitler's Nazi Germany written from the prospective of the American Ambassador and his family's point of view" and rates it as an 8.
Geoff Wisner rates The Master by Colm Toibin as an 8.
Rachel Unell calls No Dice by Mar Preston (8) a "very well researched and interesting mystery!"
Dennis Hargens heartily recommends Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, rating it as a 10 and callling it Foster's "tour de force." He also recommends that readers "read this as an ebook if you have an ereader" because it reaches over 1,100 pages.
Chip O'Connor and Omar Dehrab both recommend The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Both rate it as a 10 and O'Connor calls Campbell "an enthralling storyteller, who possessed an amazing insight into the collective subconscious, and human experience."
Jorg Lueke enjoyed Bad Samaritans: the Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang and gave a rank of 8.
Keith Vaglienti recommends Pirates of Venus by Edgar R. Burroughs.
Jennifer Susan rates Fundamentalism and American Culture by George Marsden as a 9.