Summer reading at my library is moving along swimmingly, but this check-in is about the online summer reading program I’m participating in this summer. I’ve already blogged about my goals for the summer. So, how am I doing?
Sphere by Michael Crichton. I can’t believe I haven’t read any Crichton before! I thought the science-y stuff was really interesting, and am definitely planning on reading a few more of his books–Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain–very soon.
Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg. Funny, fast, and literary all at the same time.
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. I adore spending time with the Gaither sisters, and I think I liked this book even better than the first one, One Crazy Summer. I listened to it on audio–a great listen!
To Dance With Kings by Rosalind Laker. If you’re interested in the history of Versailles, or in epic family sagas, this book would be a good one to check out.
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. An interesting concept about a world where different places are also different ages. Listened to this one on audio, as well.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. I generally listen to Sanderson books, but this one had quite a bit of drawings in it that were central to the plot so I read it. While it took me a while to get into it, once I did I was completely sucked in. It has Sanderson’s trademark interesting, complex magic systems, as well as great world-building.
Quiet Leadership by David Rock. I read this for my CALLI final project, where we are going to talk about “tough conversations.” I’m really excited about digging more into this topic. So, while this wasn’t exactly fun summer reading for me, it was interesting.
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. A really fascinating mystery/thriller set in Soviet Russia.
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest. A mystery/thriller for teens featuring really cool comics throughout. The cover is one of my favorite new book covers I’ve seen lately.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. One of my favorite chick lit authors writes a YA book! It’s more serious than her adult books (although still with her trademark humor)–it’s about a girl with an anxiety disorder and her road to recovery. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
Spoiled by Jessica Morgan & Heather Cocks. I have been meaning to read this one for a while, and also have The Royal We (their new book) on hold at the library. This is good, easy, light summer reading. I personally was less excited about the Hollywood angle in this book, but am excited for the royalty angle in The Royal We.
Fad Mania by Cynthia Overbeck Bix. A YA nonfiction book that talks about various fads in America throughout the 20th century.
How I’m doing on my goals: Well, one of my goals was to read 12 books, and this list is exactly 12, so I’ve definitely already fulfilled that goal! Since this reading program goes until the end of August, I will probably read closer to 20 books over the summer, although we’ll see. Some of the books I’m planning on reading are longer, and may take a while to get through.
Another goal: to start on my project of rereading all of Jane Austen’s books. I haven’t started on that yet. Once I get through the last few library books I have at home, I may try that next.
Another goal: to read books that have been on my to-read list for a while. I’ve definitely been doing that: Child 44, Spoiled, and To Dance With Kings have all been on my to-read list for a log time, so I was excited to read them all.
Last goal: To pick books that sound fun and get into the spirit of summer reading. I’ve definitely been doing this–I haven’t let myself get too concerned about genres or anything like that–I’ve just been picking up books that I want to read and savoring them. Yay for summer reading!
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. I’m listening to this one–it’s my first Anne Tyler. Apparently I’m really into family sagas this summer!
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. One of my favorite children’s authors just came out with a new book and I’m tearing through it. It’s really heavy, but so far beautifully written and gripping.
How’s your summer reading going?