Saturday, June 14, 2014

Amazing Reads: My summer reading list

Last week I gave you a list of books I thought you should pick up and read this summer.

This week I'm going to tell you about a batch of books I have - either on my shelves or my Kindle - and am planning to read this summer.

In years past I've written posts about my summer reading plans, I've included lists and crossed books off as I've moved along. I even wrote a post back in December about the books I was planning on reading this year.  Some of them I've read. A few were on last week's list. Some of them will be carried over to this list. One of them I'm currently reading. Oy. Books abound!

Okay, are you ready? Here are the books I'm planning on reading this summer.

And none of them are for review. They're just on my *I want to read these books* list.

This has been on my to-read list for quite a while. I bought it on sale for my Kindle many many months ago (it was on my December to-read list!) and I plan on getting to it and through it this summer. Summer hasn't officially started yet, so I have plenty of time. Plus, I might be bumping it up on my list after reading what my friend Tracie of From Tracie said about it. * Kindle edition *

Some time back I got sucked into reading The Passage, by Justin Cronin.  I read it - all thousand+ pages of it - for a book club meeting I eventually wasn't even able to attend. And then? Then, when I got to the end? I was like COME ON!! It's a series? GAH! And I tried to avoid book 2. I really did. But then I had too many friends tell me it was a really good read. So. Boo. I'm going to read it. I'll let you know how that goes. * Kindle edition *

I've wanted to read this book since I first heard about it. I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet, but I am planning on it and think I'll be able to do so before the summer's out. It's supposedly a Young Adult read, but I'm becoming more flexible now that that genre consists of way more than vampires and werewolves. Ehem. * Kindle edition *

I have had my eye on this book for a while now. I finally bought a Kindle copy and now I'll be able to bring it with me and have it on-hand to remind myself to READ it. I think I've just got a thing for the title, since my husband is from Maine. Perhaps I'll even read it while visiting there? That would just seem perfectly appropriate, no? I don't know exactly what's drawn me in to this story, aside from the setting, but it's on my list, so I'm sharing it with y'all. So there. * Kindle edition *

And lastly ...

After reading The Fault in Our Stars I had enough people say that I had to read Looking for Alaska. Enough people said it was even better. And even more moving. TFIOS was pretty moving (though I think I'm the only one in the world who didn't cry reading it!) so I'm intrigued. I bought myself a copy and started it yesterday. I'm not far in because it was late and I was too tired, but I am ready to jump into it this weekend. I'll let you know what I think as I move along. * Kindle edition *


Now, I know these books don't seem like typical "beach reads" - but I don't really get to the beach much, so I think it's okay. And who's to say what you can and can't bring to the beach to read, right?

But for those of you looking for more light and fluffy reads, I'll try to get that list up for you soon. I've got a truckload of pretty beach books that seem to be waiting, summer after summer, collecting dust and hoping that this will be the season I pick them up. So maybe I finally will.

So, there you have a good handful of suggestions from me. I can't vouch for them yet, but hopefully I'll be able to soon. Let me know if you've read any of them! And let me know what's on YOUR summer reading list. Or find me over at Goodreads, because I'd love to see what you're reading now.


  1. I think I'm the only woman in the world who didn't like The Goldfinch. I didn't care for it all, didn't like the main characters and couldn't finish it....but everyone else loves it!

  2. I loved The Goldfinch. It has stayed with me since I read it. At times it isn't easy and you just get so mad at the characters, but it is a must read. I also loved The Passage and The Twelve, and I think there is supposed to be a 3rd book eventually.

    I never read Eleanor & Park, although I plan to, but I loved Fangirl by the same author. And I've been meaning to read more John Green books since The Fault in our Stars. Seems like we have very similar reading tastes. Enjoy.

  3. The series books drive me crazy because if I like the series, I have to WAIT for the next one! I am very impatient. I have a ton of books on my Kindle. I need to start reading so I can add more. All of these look interesting.

  4. My too be read pile is tipping over and I don't think I can add another thing to my kindle or nook. I am esiting my second book and it is so time consuming.
    I cannot wait to get to the beach and start reading.

  5. I loved The Goldfinch, Maine and Eleanor and Park. I don't think I have patience for the Justin Cronin book but I do want to read John Green, which my daughter loved, especially since I sobbed my way through both the book and movie of The Fault in Our Stars!

  6. My bookclub read Maine & we talk of it often. Really good read! Glad to have another Green recommendation! I didn't find The Fault in Our Stars as sad as everyone else either. I did have some tears but nothing like... Say a Marley & Me. I've also seen a Goldfinch around a lot too. I'll add it to my to-read too.

  7. I am SO excited you are reading Alaska and Goldfinch - can't wait to hear what you think of both of them. (And thanks for linking to my Goldfinch post!)

    I've had The Passage on my list to read since you said something about it (or maybe reviewed it on Goodreads?) right after you read it. I've now officially put it on hold at the library. Hopefully the people in line ahead of me will read quickly. I'm waiting on Eleanor & Park, too. (and SO happy to have books without vampires and werewolves!)

  8. Justin Cronin's book is amazing.

    The Goldfinch made me alternate between wanting to stab myself in the eye and wanting to stab one of the characters in both eyes.

  9. I probably read YA more than anything else. Not the vampire stuff, but for the stories. I think I relate to it b/c it's usually about some bigger, universal theme(at least, the good stuff is).

    I adored Eleanor and Park. Though I think I liked Fangirl even better. And Attachments is a fun read(not quite as YA).

    Other good ones I've read lately: The Beginning of Everything and 13 Reasons Why. I read 13 several months ago and I can't get the story out of my head(it's dark, though, it starts out with a girl who killed herself, but reading it really made me think about how much our action affect other people and even if we think our little thing we did isn't all that bad, they can all add and make someone feel hopeless).

    Um, okay, I think I need to do my own list soon since apparently I have a lot to say.

  10. Oh, and Maine. I had picked it up at the library a few years ago and couldn't get into it, so I returned it. Then someone sent me a copy. I read it, but I thought it was really slow.

  11. I am with Shell. I read Eleanor & Park and really liked it, but I LOVED Fangirl. LOVED IT. I have Looking For Alaska on my shelf right now. Just started the new Jennifer Weiner book last night. Already completely hooked!-Ashley

  12. For lighter reads, I guess, you should check out John Lescroart. He writes murder mysteries. They are a little edgier than Grisham, but a great read. The Dismas Hardy series is great! I am reading The Ophelia Cut right now and waiting for the Keeper to come in paperback.

  13. I'm reading the Goldfinch now, though I have to admit I'm to a part that makes me want to put the book down without finishing. I haven't picked it up in days. Not a very supportive comment, but usually when I'm into a good book, I go so far as to read it at red lights on my commute to work! I'll check out some of the others you're reading.


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