Hey Ladies and Gents! I pray that your summer has started off with a literary bang! This summer, unlike summers past, I've set a hefty goal for myself, and I realized how kind of ridiculous it was when I began piling all 20 of my 'to be read' choices up against a wall. I looked at it, whispering a dubious, "May the odds be ever in your favor." Nevertheless, I'm primed and ready to jump in. Here are my Summer picks:
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An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: by Stephanie Lacava (Memoir)
My Antonia by Willa Cather (Classic)
The House of Mirth by Edith Warton (Classic)
Sea Change by Jeremy Page (Literary)
The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell (Young Adult)
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Young Adult/Modern Classic)
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (Biographical Fiction)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Young Adult/Horror)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Young Adult/Realistic)
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (Young Adult)
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (Literary)
The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Literary)
Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck
Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea (Young Adult/Fantasy)
Cameron and The Girls by Edward Averett (Young Adult/Psychological)
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Literary)
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt (Young Adult)
The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block (Young Adult/New Adult)
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Literary/Unidentifiable)
You Against Me by Jenny Downham (Young Adult/Realistic)
There it is. A whopping 20 books to be read (probably not so whopping for those of you taking on the 30 Day Challenge), hopefully, by the end of the summer, though 1Q84 might take me into the Fall! This summer I hoped to continue on reading a plethora of books on a variety of things: classics, nonfiction, and literary fiction. I have, in the past, stayed mainly within the Young Adult genre, and I really wanted to challenge myself with some others.
I've tried for the past two years to read at least five classics, and this year, I'm finally on the way with two down (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte), and one in progress (My Antonia). Next I'm hoping to move on to The House of Mirth after reading my good friend Casee's fabulous review! I'm hardly one for horror, but after you hear one too many positive reviews for Peculiar Children, you have no choice but to bite. I've been on a roaring 20s kick so The Chaperone and Call Me Zelda (I'm on a Z kick as well) seemed the perfect choices to stay cinematic and bright. I hardly read nonfiction, but An Extraordinary Theory of Objects caught my eye whilst perusing Anthropologie--plus it's an adorable keepsake hardcover edition. The Seas and Sea Change were chosen merely out of my desire to read a novel set near the sea (don't ask :-). Of course, I couldn't leave young adult behind completely. I wanted to finally read Thirteen Reasons Why (which has developed into a modern classic), Going Vintage (which seems a fun way to indulge my vintage self), Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (an unconventional take on mermaids), and You Against Me (which not only promises realistic grit, but is set in England, and will really help me with the Brits I'm writing in my novel). Oh and did I mention that Mr. Penumbra's cover glows in the dark?
I've already gone on for too long, but I can't wait to start experiencing and crossing off each novel from a list that's been building for a long long time!
What novels are on your Summer TBR list?