Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ok, So This Is Really About Reading

(You can't be a good writer unless you're a good reader - right?)

Over the last 5 years or so, making a Summer Reading List has really become a thing for me. In May I start looking around for lists and titles that are coming out soon. But the books on my list don't have to be new - they can be something I've been meaning to read, or just hadn't gotten to over the last year. And since I'm a Child/YA Librarian, the books on my list run the gamut from chapter books thru teen to adult. You aren't likely to find any books about sports on the list, or much chick-lit romance. These books are solely for my own reading pleasure, and often involve family stories, mysteries, medical mysteries, and historical fiction. My boss and I were joking the other day that murder is a perfectly good thing to read about in the summer - forget the books with the ocean and beach chairs on the cover! So these titles may not be for everyone, but I always get asked what I'm reading and what's here!
I started the list when we began making the drive to Maryland and back each summer - I love to read in the car. How do I know if something on my list is good? The car conversation will go something like this:

Husband: Can you look and see what the next exit blah blah blah coming up is?
Me: Silence.
Kids: I'm hungry. I'm thirsty. Can we stop? I have to go to the bathroom blah blah.
Me: Silence.
Husband: Can you please pay attention to us! Get your head out of the book!
Me: Can everyone just be quiet! I'm on the last chapter and it's really good - and you're ruining it for me!

So I looked over my list on Goodreads, and found some really good books from past years that were 'summer books' on my list:

 I can't guarantee the titles will be good - I've even hated a few of the titles on my own list before (sorry Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat and I just didn't get along). 
And I can't forget to mention those titles that are ALWAYS on your list, yet you never quite get around to reading them. My two big ones are:

 I don't know what the problem is really - I'm sure I will LOVE both of these. They just keep getting pushed down the list. (With Pillars of the Earth, I usually decide I will have time to read during the summer, then when the summer comes, I decide it is more of a winter book.)

So here's what I have for 2015 so far:


 (I've already finished one and am starting #2!)