Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Summer Reading (colorwash technique)

Continuing with my celebration of quotes for this week, here is a great one from Cesar Chavez.  The whole quote reads:  Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”  But I have always loved the one sentence on today's art journal page best because it contains such a strong, basic truth. To join in the celebration of quotes and have a chance to win a prize, check out my post here.  I made the page when I tried (and failed miserably) this technique from Dina Wakely.  But, while trying it, I did find that I loved dipping a fine point paintbrush into Adirondack colorwash inks and painting with them! 
It's a childlike page, but I thought it went with the quote and also thought it worked for a post about summer reading lists.  My book group doesn't meet during the summer, and during our last meeting before our break, we share suggestions for summer reading.  Here's what I've got to offer so far:
Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (pure fun lawyer fiction);
Bangkok 8 by John Burdett (spies in Thailand; more pure fun);
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (recommended by Karen - a novel of Mexican immigration and its effects on Mexico; I might also pick up Urrea's The Hummingbird's Daughter, fiction based on a Mexican curandera);
Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer (two novellas and a few short stories about parenting and beyond set in Northern California; by the same author as The Dive from Clausen's Pier);
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (set in Salem, gothic-ish, possibly about witches);
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (ok; I bought it last summer and never go to it); and
Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon (from Sian's pass the book project).
{In the started and may return to this summer pile, I have The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver; Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips; Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski; and Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon.}
What's on your summer reading list and any suggestions you want to share?

7 comments:

Amy said...

My reading this year is in fits and spurts, I really must get back to the library soon - I have read a lot but in pockets. Anyway, sadly, I don't have any great recommendations at this stage - but, I do have a book to pass on soon which was passed to me by one of our blog friends and it was a very interesting read that you may like too.

Unfortunately I am not entering into the 'summer reading' stage - more like the 'winter by the fire' reading stage!

JO SOWERBY said...

i am still reading the crimson pteal and the white but hey i find reading hard when im depressed. u have some gr8 books on that list, my recommend would be ''one day'' by somebody nichols. its all about these 2 friends who meet every year on the same day, its beautiful,
Jo xxxx

Fiona said...

A lovely bright looking page. I am looking forward to some summer reading as my OU course will be finished by then. First on the list is the Earths Children books by Jean M Auel - I have read them before but am looking forward to revisiting them.

Sian said...

I am looking forward to some summer reading too, but I save up thinking about it until about a week before we go away and then I have an all-afternoon browsing and splurging session at the bookshop here.

When I first looked at your page I misread "person" as "yeoman" because it reminded me so much of the kind of thing the peasants were saying in the 1381 Peasants Revolt I had to do a special project on for my degree.

Cheri said...

I have to save my summer reading for vacation time - but thanks for the recommendations!

scrappyjacky said...

A wonderful quote,Rinda.
I tend to do most of my reading in holiday times as well.....and it's definately very 'easy' read!!!
At present I'm reading Jo Brand's [English comedienne] autobiography and have the latest Patricia Cornwell ready to start

Alison said...

I've been reading(or actually listening to on my Kindle)the 'In Death' series by JD Robb.(set-in the -future crime) and a series of books by Sheryl Woods about the fictional town of Chesapeake Bay (romance/family)
Alison xx