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.
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.)
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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