This week there are plenty of options for the weekly geeks.
- With Memorial Day in the U.S. this coming Monday, I thought it would be appropriate to focus on the military. Either share your favorite book on war or movie on war and why. Provide a clip from the movie if you’d like or a passage from the book that shows us why you it’s your favorite book or movie. Or do both. OR choose your own military theme, for example, if you have a relative or friend in the military and you would like to send them a video or a message of thanks, do that on your blog. OR do all three. The book and movie also don’t have to be "patriotic" necessarily. For example, one of my favorite fictional books on war is Johnny, Get Your Gun by Dalton Trumbo.
- Again with Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S. starting traditionally on Friday evening, it also is unofficially the start of summer. You’ve probably been asked this in other meme groups in which you participate, but do your reading habits change over the summer? Do you choose lighter fare? What do you enjoy to take to the beach, for example? What is the ultimate summer book? OR what are your favorite travel guides — official or unofficial guides? Again, an example, I think of Holidays In Hell by P.J. O’Rourke, of places I’d rather not vacation. Along those lines, where do you vacation? Any places you recommend or even don’t recommend?
I chose no.2, because I don’t particularly like the military theme in general. However, I strongly support reading the Dalton Trumbo book. “Johnny got his gun” is the best anti-war book ever and a must-read for everybody.
That being said on to the beginning of summer.
Over here the beginning of summer is no big deal. My reading habits don’t change at all. I read just what I always read and what I fancy at any given moment. I don’t see any reason why all of a sudden I should start to read chick-lit or other stuff, that I usually don’t read. Whenever I see promotion tables in bookshops saying “summer reads” or “vacation books” or the like I wonder who on Earth is going to pick up a book because it is a book “good for the beach”. I either would like to read it and then I’d read it any time of the year, or I wouldn’t at all.
Therefore for the beach – if we had one – I’d just take whatever I want, there is no beach literature for me. I probably would even take my e-reader, even though Dave from Read Street says that you can’t leave an e-reader lying around on the beach towel. I would. With my cute cover nobody would recognize it for what it is anyway – I hope.
It won’t come as a surprise now that I can’t come up with the ultimate summer book. But for a great read that is vacation-related I’d recommend The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. It is a wonderful, uplifting story which has also been made into a great movie. Another wonderful story for a vacation would be A room with a view by E. M. Forster. Coincidence that both books are set in Italy for a large part? I don’t think so. Italy is a beautiful country. Being there just mellows you.
For a vacation it is the place for me. It is not too far away. In a few hours we can be at Lake Garda, which is one of the nicest spots I’ve seen so far. It is warm, but not too hot, the lake is beautiful, the mountains impressive, the food delicious, Milan, Verona and Venice are not too far away – it is perfect.
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