I've been combing book reviews lately to find some good books for upcoming travel- I've been on a roll the last few days since I am planning a media fast (no phone, internet, or email) for 3 weeks, starting today!
What I am reading this summer:
Knit One Knit All the book I am most excited about. I told myself I wouldn't peek in it until my media fast started...ten minutes later I was leafing through it (the excuse of needing to know what tools I might need is a good one, ha). I ussually bring Knitting Workshopwith me and trips (it is nice and small, and I have knit the baby surprise jacket more times than is healthy), and I am looking forward bringing both along and to knitting some of the smaller project in the book on upcoming trips. One look at the star booties and I was sold. I am also super excited about the V Vest (and several of the other vest patterns) in the book, most of which don't seem to have pics up on Ravelry quite yet.
The book I am probably the most excited about is A Dance with Dragons. I read/listened to the rest of the series a couple months ago*, so I am pretty excited to read the book. I did make the mistake of reading a few of the reviews on Amazon, which has me a bit worried. I don't think my expectations are as high as many though (and I haven't watched the TV show), so I am hoping it will be good vacation reading. This is the 5th book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series complete with medieval knights, exotic locales, and plenty of (dark) intrigue.
The Optimism Bias and The Compass of Pleasure both are recommended in this NPR book review.
My Korean Deli- the reviews for it make it sound hilarious.
The Pirates of Somalia. How can I not read a book that has been reviewed on NPR but has no reviews on Amazon (as of 7/21/2011).
*The audio versions of the previous books in the series are pretty good, better than the usual audio books at any rate (voice of the reader isn't grating or sans inflection).