Halfway through summer reading.

Halfway through summer reading.

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We’re roughly halfway through summer. If that means I should be roughly halfway through my summer reading, I’m in trouble. I just tallied up my books: I’m 3 for 10 on my summer syllabus and 7.5 for 14 on my summer reading list.

I’m only 3 for 11 on the books I want to read this summer that happen to be YA, but that might become 3 for 10: I’m seriously considering dropping We Were Liars. (Thoughts?)

Of course, I could have knocked more books off my lists if I’d actually stuck to my lists. But as you know, that’s not really my style. For better or worse.

My halfway summer reading update:

The Sea of Tranquility, Katja Millay

This novel from my YA summer reading list is one of the best books I’ve read in 2014. It’s well written and un-put-down-able. If you loved Eleanor and Park (on sale in the kindle store right now), you’ll love this one.

Lizzy and Jane, Katherine Reay

The names come from Jane Austen, but (thankfully) this isn’t fanfiction: in this novel, Lizzy is a driven NYC chef and stoic older sister Jane does social media in Seattle. This second novel from Reay doesn’t release until October: add it to your list, but in the meantime, read Dear Mr. Knightley, or anything by Katherine Center.

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, Ken Jennings

This nerdy nonfiction pick from my summer syllabus was highly recommended, and I can see why. Imagine A. J. Jacobs at the geography bee (or the National Archives, or geocaching). Fascinating and funny.

The Expats, Chris Pavone

I knocked out this thriller from my summer reading list in a day because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. I enjoyed this debut, but I expect his second novel, The Accident, to be even better.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (a Veronica Mars mystery), Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Watch the series, see the movie, and then read this book, which picks up right where the movie left off. (Go enter to win a copy before midnight if you haven’t already.)

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Sherry Turkle

This selection from my summer syllabus was interesting, but not as interesting as I had hoped, and I wish I’d skipped the first section entirely. I finished it because I felt like I should, not because I wanted to.

What have you been reading lately?  

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63 comments

  1. Amy says:

    As always seems to be the case, your book posts add to my “to be read” list. 🙂 Maphead is now on the list. And as I click through the other link-ups, the list gets longer and longer…

    I enjoyed “Dear Mr. Knightley” earlier this year – I’ll look forward to her next one. The Expats was an earlier read – while I thought it was mostly good, the structure seemed a bit distracting. I just put aside Eleanor & Park this week – just wasn’t getting into it.

  2. Sandy says:

    Sea of Tranquility was responsible for my I goring my family all day. I read a few pages before bed last night, then picked it up after breakfast. Finished it after dinner. Such a compelling story! Do you know if the author related to Edna. St. Vincent Millay? She references her work twice in the novel which makes me wonder if there’s a familial connection or she just has a fondness for her since they share a last name.

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