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!