May 24, 2013

Casual Friday: Summer Reads

This week, it finally feels like summer in Michigan. Hot, humid, and full of mosquitoes. We turned on the air conditioning and dusted off the camping supplies.

It sounds strange, but this kind of weather always makes me want to curl up with a good book. As a kid, summer was basically 3 months of as many library books as I could devour. Mom took us to the library once a week, and I always left with the maximum number of books I could check out.  The librarian couldn't believe I actually finished them, but I read everything - adult mysteries and romance, historical novels, kids books like Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables and anything by Madeline L'Engle. I read sci-fi and fantasy, mystery and suspense. I think my eclectic reading taste now stems from this orgy. It was pretty much a free-for-all! By the end of the summer, I'd probably read 40 or 50 books.

Now I find that when the weather gets warm, there's nothing more I want to do than curl up in the hammock and read a book. So when it got nice last week, I pulled out some of my favorite books to re-read and looked at my TBR list.

Some of the books I'm looking forward to reading this summer:
  • Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) - Marissa Meyer
  • The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  • The Ashford Affair - Lauren Willig
  • Chantress - Amy Butler Greenfield
  • The Rules for Disappearing - Ashley Elston

There are a ton more, but then this post would be pages and pages, so I'll keep it short :)

I do find that I like to mix up the "heavier" books with something lighter in between. So I'm always looking for more beachy summer reads - fun, usually romantic, and definitely something I can escape with. I'm thinking that quite a few of the New Adult books I have on my list might work really well. Or even some contemporary YA that I haven't read yet. Either way, I'm so excited that it's finally summer and time for ALL THE BOOKS!

So how about you guys? Do you have summer book favorites? What are your recommendations for something fun to read while lounging by the pool?


erica m. chapman said...

I just read SCARLET!! SO GOOD!! I added 5th WAVE to my TBR too! Great list ;o) I love a good contemporary in the summer. Something I can just lose myself in ;o) But I love a good sci-fi too ;o)

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