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.
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.
Begun, this summer reading list has.
The core of my summer reading list should look pretty familiar. There are new Lost Fleet and The Expanse novels, earlier volumes of which have been on my list for years. There are also new novels by some of my favorite authors -- Neal Stephenson, Alastair Reynolds, Ernest Cline -- that I'm eager to read.
Christmas is only a few short weeks away, and although there is much and more to do with gift buying, Christmas party planning, and family visits, and The Battle of the Five armies, I have started squirreling away books for my Winter Reading List.
It's November. Summer is long gone, and so is my summer reading list.
There were 15 books and four graphic novels on my official Summer 2014 reading list. I read 13 of the novels and five graphic novels, beating last year's total of 11 novels and an equal number of graphic novels.
Summer is coming. It's bringing with it alien worlds, starship battles, ancient mysteries, and sequels. Lots of sequels. No, I'm not talking about movies -- I'm talking books, specifically my Summer Reading List for 2014.
My Summer 2013 Reading List, like 2012 before it, is a space opera/military SF heavy list. I keep waiting get tired of space opera -- after all, this particular jags been going on for several years now -- but instead I find myself seeking out new books in the genre. That's not to say I'm not branching out at all; I have a smattering of fantasy novels in the list, and my graphic novel segment nicely covers horror, but at the end of the day starships battling one another for galactic dominance rule my list.
Summer is coming. You'd never know it based on the cold, rainy, and generally miserable weather we've been having in Easton, but the area's finally greened up and warmer weather is on the wind. With June only days away I'm now scrambling to come up with my summer reading list. So far the list looks a lot like last summer's list, with three sequels to books I read last summer.