Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Maureen Kehler
Date posted: August 1, 2018
Book Spine Poetry on Bikes
I went cycling in the Kootenays a couple of weeks ago – Creston to Moyie Park to Cranbrook to Fort Steele to Canal Flats to Radium to Invermere to Skookumchuck to Kimberley to Cranbrook. I waved to all you CBAL folks as we travelled through.
My cycling friends love to read too so I knew they would bring books along. We didn’t have our usual book discussions on this trip but we did create a book spine poem with our collection. We debated about the order and what meaning we could make out of the stack. Nothing deep or inspiring came out of it but it sure was fun. We made two versions.
So which books am I going to read this summer?
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is the one I was reading and then lost at a campsite along the way. I’m waiting for a copy from the library because it’s definitely worth finishing. It takes place in the Great Lakes region after the world collapsed from a deadly swine flu pandemic. A theatre troupe brings Shakespeare to the settlements and there’s a two volume set of graphic novels that is integral to the plot. Are you hooked?
Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese is on my list. It comes highly recommended and I haven’t read any of his books yet.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly sounds interesting. Goodreads gave it a good rating, “brooding and intricate, suspenseful and sad”.
Never Trust a Smiling Bear: True Tales to Make you Laugh, Chortle, Snicker, and Feel Inspired by Matt Jackson. I prefer novels to short stories but this might be a good one to take along camping.
Breathe! You are Alive by Thich Nhat Hanh and When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate are too serious for summer reading for me. I’ll wait until the fall I think.
Princess is a definite no. As my friend says, it’s good for putting yourself to sleep at night.
While I wait for my library copy of Station Eleven to arrive, I’m working through a stack of books from one of the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s “Grab and Go” “No Peeking” bags. I probably won’t read all of them but they might make it into my next book spine poem.