Summer Reading

You know a tradition from school I really miss? Summer Reading. Not the part where I was required to write book reports, but just the idea of getting to read books over the summer. This summer, I signed up for my library’s adult summer reading program. I’m also doing a reading challenge on Goodreads.

Aside from one re-read (Eat, Pray, Love), all of the books I read this year were new ones. The list I have is a mix of Catholic nonfiction, mystery novels, and young adult novels. And right now, I’m reading poetry. I’m starting with the poems and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and will start reading Emily Dickinson next month. I’m planning on checking out a lot more poetry from my library soon.

One particular author that I love so far is Richard Castle, author of the Nikki Heat series. I finished Frozen Heat and I just couldn’t put it down. I had one of those nights that I decided to stay up just to finish a book. When was the last time that happened to me? Next to never. Now I can’t wait for the release of the next Nikki Heat book. At the very least it will feed my Castle hunger until it returns this September.

One thing you can say about books: they don’t have hiatuses or commercial breaks. And reading these new books reminded me that there was a lot more out there than just the next big post-apocalyptic YA sci-fi series. (They’re all starting to look the same to me, no offense.)  I’m hoping to read Rainbow Rowell’s books soon, but right now, I’m waiting on my e-book copy of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennetwhich comes out this month.

I started out this year with the resolution to read 12 new books. I think it’s safe to say that I’m definitely on my way.

So what are you reading this summer?