Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Reading: What I'm Looking Forward To, Part II

On the last day of school, my kids received their summer required reading lists. Thankfully, there's been little grumbling about them this year. My soon to be 8th grader has a couple of required, one to pick from a variety, and one of her own choice. My sophomore is pumped that she gets to read The Hunger Games as one of her required books.

Me? I look forward to making my own list since I have more time to spend reading. My perfect list is a mixture of current YA and adult fiction, at least one classic, and at least one reread that's been on my mind over the past few months. I'm also adding a new category called Vintage YA which I'll blog about soon. I may also throw in a writing craft book, a biography, something non-fiction.

So, without further ado here's my tentative, subject to change on a whim at any time, summer reading assignment:

I define current as anything published from about 5 years ago up until now (or soon to be released)

1. Endlessly by Kiersten White (to be released July 24th) - I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I loved Paranormalcy, loved Supernaturally even more, and am looking forward to how Kiersten wraps up Evie's story.
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth - I've had this one reserved at the library for a while. It's due in any day now.
*claps hands together gleefully*
3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - reading right now

These are novels that I've never read but feel I should at some point in my life. I'm considering the following:
The Great Gatsby - This one is at the top of my list. Have you seen the trailer for the movie? Very cool.
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Miscellaneous: (biography, non-fiction, craft, etc.)
Writing the Breakout Novel  by Donald Maass (reading right now)

Vintage YA: 
A new category for me which may turn into a regular feature of my blog.

1. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I just finished this last week and feel the need to reread it already! Post on this novel coming soon.
2. Feed by M.T. Anderson (this would also fall under the reread category)
3. The Giver - Lois Lowry

What about you? Do you read more in the summer? Do you like to create a summer reading list? Any book you're dying for me to read? Do tell in the comments below.


  1. I used to try to read my daughter's summer reading helped us connect when we could talk about it. I'm reading Donald Maas right now too!

    1. I've done that too, Liza. I'm loving Donald Maass's book but feel like I have oceans of work ahead of me. That's a good thing!

  2. I don't have a list. I'm just catching up with my TBR pile and will read next whatever I'm in the mood for. :D

    1. I never seem to catch up with my TBR pile cause I'm always adding to it, lol.

  3. I'm waiting to read Insurgent - not because I have it on hold anywhere, but because my husband stole it as soon as it was delivered!

    1. I'm not in a huge rush to read it. I liked Divergent but I'm a bit dystopiaed out right now.