Summer Time = Reading Time!
Sweet summer is here. This one is sweeter because I don't have to log on to that darn UNT website to begin a summer session like I've had to do over the past two years. I'M FREE! So that means more time to READ! But in typical Amianne fashion, I have already booked up my summer with stuff. I will: teach the 1st session of the Abydos Institute, travel to Georgia and South Carolina, de-crapify our house and paint some rooms that are still "builder beige," and work on some projects in my library. I don't do lazy well, and I am excited about doing all of these things. And, of course, I will make room for reading in my busy summer.
I've started making my Summer Reading List, and I don't feel like it is as enticing as in summers past. I have yet to come across many "buzz-worthy" new releases, or at least I haven't heard of many that interest me. So I feel like my list is very personal to my tastes because most of the selections are books that I've heard about throughout the Spring that I haven't been able to read. So without further ado, here is my Summer 2011 Reading List. If you click on the title, it will link you to Amazon:
Books that I'm the most excited about reading:
- On Folly Beach by Karen White--I'm going to Folly Beach, South Carolina, in July, and I love the thought of reading this book while lying on actual Folly Beach! (oh, the irony!)
- Beach Music by Pat Conroy--I'm really a "poser" Pat Conroy fan because I have only read a few of his books. But I have read enough to know that this man is a writing god who can string words together like...well, I am not worthy of creating a simile to convey the brilliance of Conroy. All I know is that his work embodies why I am a lover of words. This is my dear friend Tara's favorite Conroy book, and she is appalled every time she finds out I have not read it. Since I will be in Conroy country (Charleston, SC), I want to soak up his beautiful prose and see the Low Country through his eyes.
- The Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shephard--This series screams "MIND CANDY," which is what summer reading is all about. It will be an indulgent treat to sprinkle in between my heavy, intense doses of Conroy.
- One Day by David Nicholls--I've seen this movie preview twice, and I've got to read this book AND see the movie when it is released.
- The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly--This is the newest release on my list (June 7th), and it makes connections to Little Women and Jo March. I'm intrigued!
Books from the Spring (or last Summer) that I still want to read:
- Roses by Leila Meacham--This one was on my Summer 2010 List, and I still haven't read it.
- Left Neglected by Lisa Genova--My Mom highly recommends this one.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot--Another book that I've wanted to read for a LONG time (I even own it in hardback!), but I just haven't found the time. It has received excellent reviews, and I MUST read it!
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain--Looks like my kind of book!
- The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma--I can't wait to read this one! Maybe it should be on the "Can't Wait!" list.
- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett--New release; getting lots of BUZZ and excellent reviews
- Dreams of Joy by Lisa See--Sequel to Shanghai Girls, an excellent book
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom--Saw this on Good Reads
- The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen--Same author of The Sugar Queen, a light, enjoyable read
- The House on Tradd Street by Karen White--To get me in the Charleston mood
- The Memory of Water by Karen White--More about the South Carolina Low Country
- Plan B by Jonathan Tropper--Stumbled across this book on Amazon
- Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea--Looks fantastic!
- The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan--Received this as a gift from a teacher
- Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks--Her book, March, is one of my faves!
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett--Can't wait for this movie to be released on August 12th, my birthday! One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!!
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak--The book that I assigned my Pre-AP Freshmen at Poteet for Summer Reading. Nothing says "Welcome to high school" like a 576 page book! I miss teaching this book with all my heart. It's a life-changer, and my students actually read it and LOVED it--well, most of them.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen--Movie = Good; Book = EXCELLENT!
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins--If you haven't read these books yet, then you must have been living under a rock. Start reading them now to prepare for the highly-anticipated movie that will be release next year!
- Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper--Just READ IT! You won't be sorry.
So it's time to grab my book (I'm reading two right now) and get busy.
Here's to a summer filled with relaxing reading opportunities...