Summer, time for the beach, time for summer sports, time to go basking in the sun. Or maybe you’d prefer to read in the shade or in an air-conditioned home. Well, I like doing all these things, but this is about reading. Let’s find out what everyone’s doing this summer.
Ha ha ha…what’s on my summer reading list? That’s a good one. I don’t have a “summer” reading list because my capability to commit to a reading list is pretty much non-existent. For one thing, I never seem to be able to find the time to read these days (and yes, I know how horrible that sounds). For another thing, whenever I try to commit to reading something new I end up getting the urge to read an old favorite, and that favorite almost always wins out.
For the sake of answering the question, however, I’ll tell you that I’m trying desperately to finish “A Dance With Dragons“, and as soon as I manage that I’m planning to go back and read the other two books in the “Strain” series.
I wanna get all these overpopular YA reads of my TBR this summer – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Golden by Jessi Kirby, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, the list goes on… I’ve been avoiding them long enough, I think; I need to bite the friggin’ bullet.
It’s more like what is on my summer writing list. I’m busy working on two new novels. That said, I just finished a reread of Glen Cook’s excellent Annals of the Black Company.
I hope to make it over to the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at ENMU this summer for some good ol’ science fiction, but it depends on my schedule, which has been busy with archaeology. I may be able to fit in some Heinlein, Weber, and McCaffrey. I may need to.
Anything I can get my hands on by Stephen King. Because I’m editing and he’s good for keeping me on track by example.
I have a TBR stack about three feet tall, unfortunately summer is a busy time and I don’t know if I’ll even get to take a book off that stack. There are a couple of the newer Dune books, several books on writing, a couple funny books, an old sci-fantasy trilogy I came across at a used book sale, a fantasy novel from a series I read years ago that will require me re-reading the whole series to get back in the right mindset to appreciate it, and a lot of paranormal romance.
Since I am the sort of weirdo who doesn’t take vacations unless someone drags me along with them, there’s no difference between my summer- and rest-of-the-year reading. Right now I’m halfway through C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series, having discovered it about 20 years later than I should have, and I have a stack of fiction and informational books waiting for me to get to them, as well as my Goodreads To-Read list and the entire library system I work at… So yeah.
I started my summer with The Madness Engine by Paul B. Spence. I highly recommend it!
I’ve got Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence queued up next. I’ve heard a lot about it, and In Siege of Daylight is part of his Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, so I thought it was time to check that one out!
Lastly, I need to catch up on M. Todd Gallowglas’ Tears of Rage Sequence before he releases the next book.
I have a pile of books to read, a physical and virtual pile. I’m currently in the middle of “The Girl On the Train” by Paula Hawkins and “Pluto’s Ghost” by Sheree Fitch. I have “Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, “Monument’s Men” by Robert Edsel and “Looking for Alaska” by John Green waiting in the wings.
I don’t always plan what I read ahead very much, and I’ve been so busy this month that I’m actually reading less than usual instead of more, so all I’m going to say is that I have been meaning to read Fangirl.
I just had a blog post about this. At the moment I am trying to catch up with all the books on my Kindle. I had hoped to not buy any new books until I had finished these. I have failed.
A few highlights include:
The Indie Author Pack: Write Publish Repeat by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Trant, Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran, How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn
Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony- Book 1 in the Xanth.
Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason
Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon
Beyond this lovely list, I hope to read a few “classic” mysteries. I recently, read an article on the best mystery novels of all time. I was shocked to discover I had only read a handful of the titles listed. I plan on correcting that.
First task is to finish my own projects. That said, I am working my way through Wired for Story, which is a fascinating. It is billed as a “Brain Science” view of why and how our brains respond to different story elements, and why some things work and some don’t. I’m sure it sounds academic, and to some extent it is, though the author’s tone and writing style are more informal.
And arguably there is not much new here (so far, but only 1/3rd of the way through it). For instance, you should not include extraneous information to the story. Well…duh. On the other hand, it is interesting reading to understand why that matters from a cognitive perspective. So it reinforces the need to be ruthlessly focused on only sharing what matters, but doing so in a way that is subtle enough that the reader does not feel like I’m pulling them through the plot by the nose.
In the last few weeks, as I’ve been reading Wired for Story, I’ve also been listening to the most recent draft of my next novel as I commute an hour to and back from work each day. It is always good to listen to your work as part of your editing process, but now I’m hearing more that I can cut out to keep the story more focused.
As to fiction…nothing has caught my fancy of late. I’ve tried hard to get interested in Old Man’s War and The Forever War by reading the opening pages via Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, but neither has captured my attention. I have been thinking about reading Dune again…it’s been twenty years since I read it last. Probably time to go through it once more…
Every year, I make a list of books to read for the year. I stick to it always. But this year, I’ve been going incredibly slowly thanks to a behemoth of a book that I started reading in spring. I’m finally almost finished with it. So, this summer, I will finish The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton. I will then move on to a classic, The Iliad by Homer, which should be a quick read. Then it’s back to fantasy with The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan. If I’m lucky to finish that book before fall begins, I’ll then begin with Mercury by Ben Bova.
I also have some eBooks on the side, which I infrequently read. Currently, I’m going through The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo. Once I finish that, it’s on to Keepers of Water by R. G. Porter.
How about you?
What are you reading this summer? Share your reading plans, and maybe we’ll discover some new books.