Welcome to Nuketown's 10th annual summer reading list! As with previous years, this year's list is heavy on space opera and military science fiction, but includes a smattering of fantasy. It includes 17 novels, 1 novella, and 8 graphic novels. That's one more novel than my Summer 2016 reading list. It's a stretch, but I'm looking forward to trying.
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.