Summer reading lists are one of my favorite things. There’s something about the turning weather that makes me want to find a shady spot and post up with a book. While there are a ton of books coming out this summer that I’m jonesing to read, I have a separate agenda. See, I’m going to be laid up with the newest edition to our family, so I’m planning on doing a massive re-read this summer in between diaper changes and the midnight feedings. There are five books/series that top out my list for the summer:
- The Troy Game series by Sara Douglass. I read this series years and years and years ago, before I ever started writing seriously. Now, I look back and am fascinated because I vividly remember despising all of the main characters in the first book or two, yet still being unable to put it down. The premise alone would make me pick it up again, but now I’m also determined to solely from a craft point of view. I want to know how she made a story so compelling that I couldn’t leave it alone, especially since I’m a reader who needs characters to love to get through a book.
- The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. So I’m both looking forward to and dreading this re-read. See, this book blew my mind in the best way possible. It’s told from an unconventional point of view (the vengeful ghost, rather than the living people), and even nearly a year later, when I hear a facet dripping or catch a shadow move out of the corner of my eye at night, I practically levitate in an effort to get out of the room. The book was scary and compelling and as soon as I was done, I promptly bought a bunch of copies and thrust it into the hands of everyone who I knew. The sequel is set to release this fall, so I need to read it again to refresh my memory.
- Naamah’s trilogy by Jacqueline Carey. I’ve recently reread the six books of the Kushiel’s Legacy series, and they hold up over time so well that they’ve become one of my favorite series and comfort reads when I get book hangovers. I haven’t had the chance to reread the Naamah trilogy back-to-back since the books released, and so this summer I’m aiming to get there.
- Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. This is one of those series that I lost contact with over time. It’s strange, because I don’t have the aversion that some readers do to the turns the latter books took, but I just stopped buying them sometime in the last few years. So I’m going back to the original and reading them again, because it’s been way too long since I picked up a book about Anita Blake.
- The Harry Potter series. Yep, it’s time. I grew up with these books, though I didn’t actually start them until around the time the fourth book came out. I haven’t reread any of them since they came out, and I’m really looking forward to a fully immersive experience with no breaks between the books.
As you can see, it’s a pretty varied list (and a lengthy one, once I take into account that some of these series are…really, really long). It will definitely keep me busy!
Series: The O'Malleys #1
Author: Katee Robert
Format: eBook/Paperback, 368 pages
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Forever
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot new series about the O'Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and seething with scandal.
Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.
Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.
About the author:
Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way-as it often does-and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she'd like to write a book and try to get published. Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding romance. Because, really, who wouldn't want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people? She now spends her time-when not lost in Far Reach worlds-playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. http://www.kateerobert.com/
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