Men’s Summer Reading List

26 Apr

I picked up a neat link from Janet Reid’s blog.  She blogged about Library Journal’s Summer Men’s Fiction.   Below are the books on the list.

Eisler, Barry. Inside Out. Ballantine. Jul. 2010

Grant, Andrew. Die Twice. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2010

Hawke, Richard. House of Secrets. Random. May 2010

Hewson, David. City of Fear. Delacorte. Jun. 2010

Hinshelwood, Tom. The Killer. Thomas Dunne Bks: St. Martin’s. 2010

Hurwitz, Gregg. They’re Watching. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2010

Knox, Tom. The Marks of Cain. Viking. May 2010

Lawson, Mike. House Justice: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

Patterson, Richard North. In the Name of Honor. Holt. Jun. 2010

Stevens, Michael R. Fortuna. Oceanview, dist. by Midpoint Trade. May 2010

Vance, Lee. The Garden of Betrayal. Knopf. Aug. 2010

What do you think about the list?  Are these the kind of books that guys like?  Should they be the kind of books that guys like?  In our last blog we talked about making boys read books with girl main characters.  Should men have to read books with female male characters, too?

If you’re a man, what would you put on the list?  If you’re not, what would you put on a reading list for men if you had the power to influence what men read?

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  1. Anna Staniszewski

    April 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Interesting list. I keep hearing about how men aren’t reading these days, so I guess if this kind of list will get more men to pick up a book then it’s a good thing. Then again, does the fact that they’re for men mean that the books should be about/written by men? I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, but it seems like it’s extremely gendered. I’m not sure what the solution is, but it makes me think we’re doing something wrong.

    • Carl

      April 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong if men and women have different reading interests because of gender specific differences. However, if boys do not wish to read something with an opposite sex main character because they fear real or perceived social consequences, that’s a problem.

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