Here are the books currently stacked on my nightstand:
• “Who Owns the Future?” by Jaron Lanier, one of the fathers of artificial intelligence who is now arguing that the internet is going to wreak economic ruin, starting with the artists, photographers and, gulp, journalists. I’m 106 pages into this one.
• “The Stone Sky” by N.K. Jemisin, the last book in a post-apocalyptic science-fiction trilogy called “The Broken Earth,” in which racism has literally broken the Earth. I finished the second book in the trilogy about a year ago. Haven’t started this one yet. I’ve forgotten pretty much everything from the first two books.
• “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, set in occupied France during the devastation of World War II. I actually started this book on summer vacation. Three years ago. I can’t get past page 33.
• “A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs” by Matthew P. Martyniuk, “a comprehensive illustrated guide to the birds of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and their dinosaurian forebears.” This is a science book. We are in fact surrounded by tiny feathered dinosaurs. Hitchcock was right to be scared.
• “Gnomon” by Nick Harkaway. I don’t even know where this book came from. I don’t know what it’s about. The cover is black. It is 666 pages long.
• “The Midnight Assassin: The Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer,” a nonfiction account by Skip Hollandsworth. The subtitle pretty much sums it up.
I’m sensing a trend here. Apparently my taste in reading leans to deep, dark and scary.
But I don’t want deep, dark and scary right now. This is the season for light, bright and breezy.
I would say I need beach reads, but I am nowhere near the beach and that would just be rubbing it in.
I need summer reading.
Let’s see what’s on the bestseller lists.
• “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, a tale of cyberterror, spies and a traitor in the Cabinet.
• “The Outsider” by Stephen King, in which an 11-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in the town park.
• “Tom Clancy: Line of Sight” by Mike Maden, in which our hero must head off the next world war.
• “The Fallen” by David Baldacci, about a string of murders in a crumbling Rust Belt town wracked by unemployment and opioid addiction.
• “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts, which starts with a mass shooting at a mall. Et tu, Nora?
Maybe there’s something good on my son’s high school summer reading list.
• “How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines (Revised Edition)” by Thomas C. Foster.
• “The Story of Mathematics: From Creating the Pyramids to Exploring Infinity” by Anne Rooney.
• “Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.
• “Jane Eyre.”
You know what? I’ll just be over here on Netflix, watching “The Great British Baking Show.”
Lisa Davis is Features Editor of The Anniston Star. Contact her at 256-235-3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.