The Marvel comic book multiverse collapsed in upon itself in Summer 2015. As the various worlds ended, a new one was forged by its all-powerful god, Doctor Doom. This new world -- Battleworld -- drove a summer's worth of of spin-off stories as Marvel cancelled every one of their regular books and replaced them with a series of quasi-sequel limited series.
My summer reading list for 2016 kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a combination of military SF, space opera, and fantasy. The following books were read in late May and June, and did a good job of priming my brain for the heavy reading days in July and August.
Why do I have a summer reading list? Two big reasons: 1) because I need time for myself, to be alone with the book, the plot, and the mental scenery I'm constructing and 2) because I gives me a project that I'm completely in control of.
I'm a creature of habit, and I know it. I love my pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast, my Mets baseball, and X-Men comic books. In the summer months, this manifests as kicking back with a new Lost Fleet novel by Jack Campbell, an Expanse book by the combined writing team of James S. A. Corey, and a stack of Hellboy/B.P.R.D. novels.
I have a bad habit of saving all of my heavy reading for the summer. Don't get me wrong -- I love my summer reading list, but my brain's happier when I keep reading throughout the year. Starting around Thanksgiving and continuing through to early March, I aimed to do exactly that. I put together a short (well, short for me) reading list.
Summer is long over, and the end of the year is looming large. Fortunately I can look back on a summer and know -- despite all the long work days -- that I read a hell of a lot of books.
I ended up reading all but one of the novels on my summer reading list, while adding several additional tomes. I planned to read 12 books and five graphic novels. I succeeded in reading 15 books and nine graphic novels.
It's been largely a comic-book-free summer in Easton, Pa. thanks to Marvel's Secret Wars. The publisher canceled all of their existing comic book titles in favor of new crossover Secret Wars books that revisited classic storylines (Civil War, Inferno, etc.) while creating a "battle world" for superhero smackdowns.