Prepping the Summer 2013 Reading 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.

I’ve got the boney carcasses of a few half-read books lying around, including Neil Stephenson’s Reamde and David Brin’s Existence. If I have time and motivation I’d like to finish them, but I won’t let them hold me back from getting new books.

Most of what I’m reading is still firmly in the space opera category, interspersed with a little fantasy. There’s just something about sitting on the rocky beaches of Lake Champlain and reading about gigantic space battles that just feels right to me. In addition to the books above, I’m thinking about reading Ian Bank’s Consider Phlebas. It’s the first in his widely-regarded Culture series and it’s been on my radar for a while now. I’ve already go Brandon Sanderson’s The Well of Ascension on my Kindle waiting to be read. It’s the sequel to his novel Mistborn and it’s the token fantasy book on my list.

I’m open to more suggestions — post them in the comments if you have them or email them to me at

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