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?