Summer is that time of year when things tend to slow down a bit, we sit outside, relax, have a few beverages.  The kids are out of school, and the extracurricular activities are on a temporary hiatus.  It is a fantastic time to read those books that you’ve always wanted to read, but you just haven’t found/made the time.  I’ve actually been doing a little bit of that all year long.  So, to help inspire your summer reading list, I thought I would share a few of my own, “Why the hell did I wait so long to read this?” books.

The first book is actually the first book that I read this year, in fact, I started it at the very end of 2016.  It is a monster of a book, a daunting task, but well worth it.  And with Stephen King’s It being turned into a major motion picture, I don’t think that there is a better time to read this 1986 classic than right now.  Read my review.

Summertime always brings back memories of our youth:  family vacations, playing ball with friends, or that first summer job with that jack-hole boss.  So, what summertime list would be complete without a YA favorite?  Let’s be honest, as someone who had a summer job when It was released, I am certainly not a young adult, but Laini Taylor is such a fantastic author who pulls me straight into the lives of her characters.  This year I finally got around to reading book 3, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, her 2014 release.  It sat on my Kindle for over a year…Why?  I can’t explain.  

Read my review.

M.R. Carey is a name that I had been hearing frequently.  I read the synopsis for The Girl With All the Gifts; could you be more vague?  I bought and read the book immediately.  This is a 2014 release that I really didn’t look at for the longest time; once I read it, I had a new go-to author.  I just finished watching the movie over the weekend, and while a movie is never quite as good as a book, I thought that it did the book justice.

Read my review.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid is a 2016 release, which isn’t really that long ago.  Shelley and I both loved the synopsis and we both bought it at the same time.  Hey, the couple who reads together, stays together, right?  Well, the problem was trying to arrange our schedules so that we could both read it at the same time.  It is a quick, fast-paced read, perfect to freak you out on a muggy summer night with thunderstorms looming in the distance.  Read my review.

Joe Hill.  Joe Hill is my go-to author.  I’ve read NOS4A2, Horns, and The Fireman.  I loved each and every single one.  When I am in a book rut, these books have pulled me out, giving me that zest for reading again.  Joe Hill’s 2007 release, Heart-Shaped Box, had been on my Kindle for years.  I suppose sometimes you just have to wait for that perfect time for the perfect book.  Read my review.


I hope you’ve found some great ideas for your own summer reading list.  I know there are so many great books just waiting to be read, I just hope I can get to them sooner.



Happy Reading!

 


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