I was introduced to the Goodreads site and find lots to do there: http://www.goodreads.com/
I've been playing the Goodreads 2009 Spring Reading Challenge and it's been so much fun that come June 1, I'll start the Summer Challenge. You can, too. If you are already a member of Goodreads, go to this site: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/147386-official-summer-challenge-2009 and start in.
I'll be getting double duty from the books I read this summer, using them for Goodreads and for the Olathe Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program, which started last Tuesday.
I've already completed three books for the Library Summer Read:
J. Anthony Froude: The Last Undiscovered Great Victorian, by Julia Markus.
I must admit I would never have picked this up on my own. I'd never heard of Froude, but Lorie asked me to read the book. The first third of the book makes for wretched reading (for you fans of A Child Called It, it's right up your alley), and most of the remainder of the book is a reminder of how early abuse affects a person's life forever. Oh, and why was Froude so great? He pretty much set the standards for carefully researched biography.
Flinx Transcendent by Alan Dean Foster.
I've been reading Flinx and Pip books for years, following the orphan and his minidragon around the universe. I must admit, I'm glad this is supposed to be the last one. The last two or three have taken themselves way too seriously about Flinx being the only one who can save the universe from extinction. Midway through this one I was hoping it would whimper to a close in a hurry. A disappointment.
Perfect Soups by Anne Willan.
The layout and instruction in this book were really exceptional. A couple good sounding recipes.