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30 May 2015

Summer is Coming

May is coming to a close. The schools are about to let the kiddos out for a nice long vacation. The tourists are descending in flocks upon the beach towns. Libraries, museums, and other kid-friendly / air-conditioned places are bracing themselves... summer is coming.

Like this, but with less death. Probably.
Summer reading means something different to everyone. For some, it's all about entertainment -- easy, fun "beach reads" or catching up on the latest bestsellers. For some, it's the perfect time to double down and really stretch towards some reading goals (there's nothing better than long road trips [as a passenger obviously!] or hours trapped inside with the AC for this). For some, it's about trying new things because YOLO (that's a thing the youths say these days, I think). For some, it's about returning to comfy old favorites once again.

We're just about to launch into our annual summer reading clubs at my library. Every library has their own way of doing this kind of thing; ours is really meant to encourage childhood literacy + safe, fun stuff to do outside of school. We don't have a "grown up" summer reading club this year, so I'm signing up with another nearby library that does just for my own amusement. I like setting goals and checking stuff off of lists (another post coming soon on that topic...) so summer reading clubs are just right up my alley.

So what am I planning to read this summer?

First, let's look at some upcoming titles. These haven't been published yet, but they will be soon, and I'm trying to catch up on them to get those reviews out in a timely manner!






All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder, due July 2015
Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán, due July 2015
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas, due October 2015
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, due June 2015
The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack, due September 2015
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer, due June 2015

Next up are some blacklist titles that I signed up to read for some challenges this year (the TBR Pile Challenge and the Foodies Read one, not to mention the Classics Club). I really need to play catch up on these lists!




The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Road to Dr Pepper, Texas by Karen Wright

And here are a handful of books that recently caught my eye, but I haven't really had a chance to pick them up yet. Maybe this summer is the perfect time for them?




All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
Tibet, Tibet by Patrick French
Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

Sooo...

Have you read any of these? Or do you have any other recommendations for my summer reading plans? Want to take bets on whether or not I'll be able to read them all?

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