Summer Reading 2013

Every summer a magical window of free time opens up and I find myself a regular at the local library, checking out a book one day, returning it the next. Something about summer screams “time to read!” to me, and always has. So with a couple weeks (really, a handful of days) in between classes, I can’t wait to sit down with some of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most.

What’s on my summer reading list? How does all 354 books on my “to-read” Goodreads shelf sound? HA! Yeah, right. Even if my summer were less chaotic and fairly normal, I still wouldn’t be able to make a dent into the ridiculous list I’ve created for myself. But seriously? Here’s what I’m hoping to get to before August comes to an end:

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman) – Neil read a pretty sizable excerpt from this when I saw him speak on Stardust last November. It was the most entranced I’d ever been from hearing a story, and I cannot wait to read it!
  • A Dance with Dragons (George R.R. Martin) – I just couldn’t tackle 1,000+ pages during the term, so I’ve got to catch up on the books before the show does. Or, y’know, I’m sure I’ll at least beat Martin to writing the next one.
  • Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) – This is been on my radar for a while, at the recommendation of many, many people who don’t always share similar tastes. I’m a bit behind, I know, but I’m getting there.
  • The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) – Ditto above. I started reading the sample on my Kindle, not because I was wary of the book, but because I couldn’t wait to start it. And now I ‘m hooked. Also, I stumbled across his literary crash course series on YouTube, which is pretty fantastic and hilarious on its own. After an embarrassingly long amount of time wondering if that was the same John Green, I’ve now come to the realization that I need to read more of his books (and we need to be best friends). Library patron – please return this soon so I can read it!  Check!
  • A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway) – I’ve been on a Hemingway kick lately. I just need to bury myself into another one of his books, pronto. There’s such a heartbreaking tenderness and humanity about them, that I can’t help but love Hemingway to pieces. Also check!
  • Etiquette & Espionage (Gail Carriger) – Gail Carriger really tickles my Victorian-steampunk-snarky-heroine fancy. I really enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series and can’t wait to see what else she’s got up her sleeve.
  • The Diviners (Libba Bray) – Libba Bray is another guilty pleasure that I’m not very guilty about. I read A Great and Terrible Beauty and the rest of the Gemma Doyle series some years ago and remember getting lost in it. I can only hope this is as magical and enchanting.
  • The Accursed (Joyce Carol Oates) – Joyce Carol Oates does some crazy awesome stuff. I need to read more of hers, and have resolved to do so ever since reading some shorts in college. This novel from her gothic saga caught my eye, and I’m hoping I get reeled in like the rest of her stuff!
  • Equilateral (Ken Kalfus) – Just go read the synopsis. I’m wildly intrigued.
What’s on your summer reading list?