About two months ago, I made a list of books I wanted to read this summer. A few blinks later (seriously, where does the time go?) and the summer is quickly approaching its end. So, how am I doing with my summer reading so far?
Perhaps most predictably, I’ve already read (and reviewed) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Only the Good Spy Young and Insatiable. But we knew that was going to happen. Those were all perfect, entertaining, indulgent summer books. They were the no-brainers on the list.
It was the other books, the more “literary” books on the list, that I figured I’d have to talk myself into reading. And in my defense, I am trying – My Name is Memory is currently waiting patiently for me at the library circulation desk. Unfortunately, the consistent good reviews for The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and The Passage mean I’m on endless waiting lists for those books. Still, I intend to read them just as soon as my number comes up. Sadly, though, I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for Lunch in Paris and The Help. I’m just not feeling them like I used to.
Meanwhile, I did finish Mary Balogh’s Huxtable series, I completed at least one of my yearly Austen re-reads (though, thanks to Austenprose, it was a re-read of Pride and Prejudice and not Sense and Sensibility as I had originally intended), and I devoured all of Abigail Reynolds’ Pemberley Variation books.
I’ve made absolutely no progress whatsoever on Wolf Hall or True Compass and every time I go to pick up The Magicians, there’s something else on my shelf waiting to tempt me (I am so easy to sway sometimes). As a result, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to spend the next two and a half weeks in a constant state of anxiety as I await Mockingjay, since I just finished re-reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and am now desperate to find out what happens (in the meantime, though, I’m amusing myself with Twitter’s “fake mockingjay spoilers” hashtag).
I’m currently reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth, with The Last Olympian, Irish author Clodagh Murphy’s Girl in a Spin and Ally Carter’s Heist Society on deck. As I look forward to the fall, I tell myself in vain that I’ll finally finish Wolf Hall, but chances are that one of the books on my Good Reads “to-read” shelf will tempt me away. Speaking of…have you checked out LND on Good Reads? You really should, if only because it looks really sad that I only have four friends.
Your turn, bookworms – what have you been reading this summer? What are you looking forward to this fall?
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