More Summer Book Picks

And, More Mashup Madness. People picked their favorite “Sizzling Summer Reads” this week (6/30 issue; unfortunately the list is not posted, but, happily, they did post the list of “The Single and Sexy Men of 2008“) and O the Oprah Magazine features “The Books of Summer” in the July issue.

So, I’ve updated the Summer Reads Mashup with titles from the above lists as well as from the following:

Miami Herald ‘Summer Reading: Jump in…the fiction’s great”

NPRCritics’ Lists: Summer 2008

Washington Post, “Spring Books Preview”

The Mashup began with the titles from:

USA Today, “2008 Summer Books”

Wall Street Journal, “Summer Reading”

L.A. Times, “2008 Summer Reading List”

Some of these sources included older titles. For consistency, I’ve only included titles to be released from June onward. The list is in Excel format, so you can sort it in any way that you need.

We end up with a total of 139 titles. Only 33 appear on two or more lists. No title appears on all of them; America America comes the closest, appearing on six of the lists.

People’s list is dominated by what is traditionally considered “beach reads” — light, frothy and not too taxing in the summer sun. But it also contains two literary darlings (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and America America) as well as a serious memoir (Counselor, Ted Sorensen, which they say will make you “feel smart.. by Election Day.”)

The top pick (am I right to assume it’s the top pick? They’ve superimposed a gold medal on the book’s cover) doesn’t appear on the other lists:

A Summer Affair

Elin Hilderbrand

  • Hardcover: $24.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316018600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316018609
  • Audio CD: ; Unabridged, $39.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1600242324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600242328

People calls it “voyeuristic fun.” Hilderbrand writes grownup chick lit with serious themes. Her Nantucket-based books build in sales with each outing. It’s included in LJ’s “Summer Getaways for Chicks” in the 6/15 issue.

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