Here in the UK, summer has begun.
For some of us this means a chance to relax and splurge on an expensive holiday, for others it provides some much needed hope when shuffling into work, but for students it means the long awaited summer holidays are finally here; a short break from ramming facts and figures into our heads. Of the overwhelming stress and the manic shots of adrenaline our bodies pump through our system to keep us revising until 2am in the morning. But most importantly for me, it means the opportunity to hopefully get a lot more reading done!
I noticed on the WordPress Reader that a lot of people seemed to be doing summer reading posts, so I thought that I would join in the fun. It’s a difficult one, because I have so many books I want to read at the moment! Which I suppose is directly correlated to my hugeeee TBR pile!
Firstly there are several series that I am determined to complete. I started reading the Millennium series back in 2011 after the popularity of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo escalated, but I still haven’t read the last book in the series (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest) and I really want to know what happens! I’m also determined to finish off Tolkien’s famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read the first and second in quick succession and loved them but never got around to reading the last, The Return of the King. Shameful I know! Especially since I’m often preaching the greatness of Tolkien to my friends and trying to persuade them to give him a go. The problem is, I don’t actually own either of these books, so I’m hoping my kind friend will let me borrow them from her bookshelf. Teehee. 🙂 I also want to finish the Numbers trilogy by reading the final book (Numbers Infinity) as well as getting stuck into some more of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series.
Then of course there are the current books that seem to be calling my name; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I read the first page on a whim and I’m already intrigued!), Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (I can’t wait to see how this series concludes, but I’m also a little sad about it too), The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and of course, the famous Dracula by Bram Stoker. Oh and there’s also Die Trying by Lee Child that my friend lent to me before I started exams which I really should read and get back to her.
Then of course, there’s the books I SHOULD be reading for the Eclectic Reader Challenge which I have been neglecting and have fallen behind on due to exams (I’ve actually noticed quite a few of these, the historical and non-fiction genre’s relate back to Dracula which gives me even more incentive to get reading that BEFORE I pick up the books based around it. Mwuhuhu!) so I need to start shifting some of those books too!
There’s also the recommendations that I’ve been given by other bloggers in relation to my TBR pile. Way wayyyy back Nisha insisted I read Dracula (you see how the name of that book keeps coming up? I’m not desperate to read it, no not at all. I’m not silently dying from the curiosity to read the famous story that helped first bring about the concept of vampires to the general publics eye. *looks longingly at her bookshelf*)
Then Tony suggested that I start on my huge pile of Dickens, and several people have encouraged me saying A Tale of Two Cities would be a good place to start.
Photos from the loony bin also recommended recently that a start A Discovery of Witches because she really enjoyed it.
I also know Summer Grant is desperate for me to read Inheritance. 😉
(Sorry if I’ve left anyone out, my bookish brain can only hold so much! But please feel free to remind me 🙂 )
Recently I’ve also been getting the urge to reread, which lets face it, with my huge TBR pile this is not a bookish urge I need right now! I’m getting that longing to reread Harry Potter that always emerges on those sunny summer evenings. I fancy diving back into Cate Tiernan’s Sweep series for a little comfort reading, and that feeling of something familiar. Wuthering Heights also seems to be calling my name of late. After reading it I thought it was fantastic but already the specifics are getting cloudy. I think Emma by Jane Austen is the culprit for this, it left me with a craving for some darker Brontë. I also really want to see what I get out of it a second time, and if I will like it as much as the first.
As you can see, my bookish brain is torn. But to avoid sending myself into overload, I‘ve narrowed down my choices using both logic and my latest whims. The next books up are a combination of recommendations, necessity and my latest desires.
The result is:
1.) Die Trying by Lee Child (because it needs to be returned)
2.) Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Eclectic Reader Challenge, recommendation, and desire.)
3.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Desire, and it’s also on The Rory Gilmore Challenge)
4.) Dracula by Bram Stoker (Desire, recommendation and also because I want to read it before several of my Eclectic Reader Challenge books)
5.) The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman (Eclectic Reader Challenge)
So, I would love to know, what are you reading this summer? Or if it’s not summer where you are, what books are calling your name this season? 🙂
P.S I would also like to thank several lovely bloggers who have given me awards over the past couple of months. I was re-nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Reviews and Rants who is new to blogging but already doing a great job! (You can check out my original post here if you’re interested.) The One Lovely Blog Award from the hilarious and ironically gifted Gemma at Remain Insane. And finally the Best Commenter Award from The Reading Life of A Bookworm who is an impressively consistent blogger always cheerful and up for a fun chat. Thank you guys! 🙂 Your nominations really mean a lot! I have decided to not pass these on this time because I feel like I have been doing a lot of tagging recently and I know they are not the most interesting posts to read.
Picture of books: My own, please do not reuse.
One Lovely Blog Award: http://therantommenace.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/a-lovely-suprise/
Versatile Blogger Award: https://beckysblogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/the-versatile-blogger-award/
Best Commenter Award: http://shelovesreading.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/best-commenter-award/
Four books with daisy’s: My own picture. Please do not use without permission.