The Books of Summer Reading 2015

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Summer Reading 2015
After seeing both Sara and Kristin post their summer reading lists recently, I thought it might be fun to make one of my own to share–so thanks, ladies, for the inspiration!

While I don’t get summers off anymore–ah, to be young and free again–I’m still looking forward to lounging around in my free time, reading on the porch if it’s not too hot and on the couch if it is. In fact, I have “hammock” on my grand wish list so I have yet another place to relax and read during the nice weather. So despite it not being that traditional summer of freedom and endless time and possibilities anymore, I still intend on getting as much reading out of the season as I can.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

I’ve got some mixed feelings on Amanda Palmer, but overall, I don’t actively dislike her, and while she’s said/done some things that have made me raise an eyebrow, she’s also said/done some things I’ve found really great, and I’m hoping this book turns out to be one of them.

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

This is one of those books that has been on my Amazon wish list for about a year, and I’ve picked it up at the bookstore a few times without going through with the commitment, though I’m not sure why. However, I’m now happy to report that my library has a copy, so I get to dive into this look into publishing, Salinger fan mail, and Rakoff’s own personal evolution.

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

I know, I know: How have I not read this yet? I have no answer for that other than that sometimes it takes me a while to get excited about something new yet different. When it came out, I was intrigued, but also a little wary simply because it’s, well, not Harry Potter, so I’ve let myself take my time until I was genuinely interested, rather than reading it simply because it was something new by JK Rowling. Thankfully, I think this summer I’m finally ready.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

After reading the Finishing School series (thank you, NovelTea Book Club!), I’ve been dying to get into the Parasol Protectorate series, and not only because they’re related. I actually tried to find this on my last trip to Barnes & Noble (you know, the one with all the great books I did end up getting), but they only had like the third and fourth books or so, which didn’t do me much good, so I plan to put some energy into finding a copy this summer to dig into.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

To be honest, I’m not a huge Sonic Youth fan, in the sense that I enjoy listening to them, but I don’t go out of my way to do so. I think I have one or two songs of theirs on my iPod, and one is from the Juno soundtrack, so I don’t know if it really counts. Still, I think Kim Gordon as a person is thoroughly fascinating, and memoirs by just about any female artist are interesting to me. Needless to say, I’ve got this one on hold at the library (and I’m gonna need it; there are at least three people ahead of me).

My ultimate goal is to borrow most of these from the library, but we’ll see how that works out by the end of August. I’ll also almost definitely read other books along the way, but these are the ones that are at the top of my to read list for the next couple of months.

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer and why? Have you read any of the above yet? What did you think?



June 17, 2015
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  • The Casual Vacancy still kind of worries me, but I guess I better take the plunge, too, sometime. I’ll be anxiously awaiting what you think! Soulless is GREAT (better than Finishing School, I think) and The Art of Asking was too (I feel you on the Palmer front; I tend to like her, but there are moments where I want to roll my eyes and go “WOMAN! What are you doing!?” Then again, I do that with a lot of friends I have too). So excited about your list! 😀

    • Sonya

      I’ve at least heard good things about The Casual Vacancy from a friend, so I’m feeling pretty confident about it. And I knew you enjoyed The Art of Asking, which is one of the reasons I was interested in the first place! I think it’s going to be a good summer.

  • I’ve been meaning to read The Art of Asking for ages! One book in particular I want to get to that was on my to-read list is A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I hope it wasn’t hyped up too much!


    • Sonya

      I’ve seen a lot of people talking about A Court of Thorns and Roses, plus I’ve spotted it a few times at Barnes & Noble, but I don’t know much about it yet. I’ll have to look into it, because the title alone has me curious. If you get to it before I do, let me know how it is!

  • Kay

    I so want to read The Art of Asking! My BFF has it, and I’m next in line to borrow it so that will be happening. Looking forward to your thoughts on A Casual Vacancy…I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard mixed reviews from people I know who have.

    • Sonya

      I’ve really only heard one friend’s opinion on The Casual Vacancy, but she really enjoyed it, so I’m feeling hopeful. As for The Art of Asking, I think that’s one I’ll buy for my personal collection rather than borrowing like the rest; I just have a good feeling about it.

  • I feel the same way about The Casual Vacancy. I have such high expectations since I’ve been a potterhead since the first grade, but hopefully I get around to reading it too this summer 🙂


    • Sonya

      Exactly! It’s one of those things where you just can’t help but be apprehensive. If you get to read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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