Where I live we have “Sneaks the Cat” as the local library system’s mascot for summer reading for children. I still have a soft spot for Sneaks as it reminds me of summer vacations long, long gone. But as an adult reader, I still set plans for reading in the summer. It is not an official plan like you see on some blogs where I have a list of themes, authors or genre. Instead, it is that time of year where I up my reading game.

I have been quite ambitious this year with setting a Goodreads reading goal of 50 books. [let’s be friends!] So far I am at 12 books marked as read. Not a solid foundation but good enough. Sadly, I am a bit of a slow reader and I am on the hunt for tips and tricks on how to read faster without sacrificing pleasure or quality.

Like the first half of the year. my summer reading list contains heavy topics and high page counts:


::LET SUMMER BEGIN::


 

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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

I approach the fourth and final book of Ferrante’s Neaopolitan Novels and I must admit, I am saving it for the long plane ride to California from my home state of Maryland. I’ve devoured this series and will have a full dedicated post once I finish.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

This book has a lot of buzz around it which usually makes me cautious. After hearing many a podcasters say how great this is, I had to get it. (Side noteBarnes and Noble (local location) had it on sale for 20% off, plus my 10% discount, plus a 20% off coupon and I got myself a deal! (2 books purchased that day for less than what this hardcover would have cost full price.))

I am on page 200 and it is really great. It is not a typical novel and it takes a bit to get used to the structure (which reminds me of a play) but the way in which Saunders uses the structure to tell a story is unlike anything I have read. I look forward to finishing it and writing about it soon!


The [Unofficial]Summer TBR*


Everything on this list!

Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

*subject to change 😉

What are you reading this summer?

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My reading plan for 2016 was to read 30 books. I fell short on that goal for various reasons: life happens, lack of inspiration to read, major book let downs…. As I close the year I am hoping to finish The Twelve, then read the City of Mirrors in 2017. I was thinking about the period of time where I did not read. I remember the exact book and where I was when it happened. Although, I do not fully blame the book as there were other personal issues going on at that time that caused my reading slump. For the sake of this post, I blame the book.

I went a little over a month without reading a single book which is very unusual for me.  I’m the woman who always has a book in her bag because you never know when you might need one. When the slump began in August I was gifted the Complete Stories and Novels of Sherlock Holmes and each night I’d read a story as they are about 10-20 pages each. At the same time I began The Twelve which is book 2 in a trilogy. Those 2 books kept me reading and while both are excellent, the spark for finding a new book to envelope myself in, everything continued to fall well below my expectations.

Which led to a thought: how do I spark my reading again?

And thus, the Re-Read Project was born.

 

I have so many books over the years I love and that I have not read in quite a long time. I’m not one to re-read books except for very few. “Chocolat” is the only one I can recall I read at least three times and I always read it during the cusp of Spring for obvious reasons. But there are more.

From January – December of 2017 I will include one book in the Re-Read Project and supplement any new reads because there will always be new reads. I already have several in mind and I cannot wait to begin to share my experiences with you throughout the year.