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::
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 note: Barnes 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?