First and foremost, congratulations to Jacqueline (and our good friends Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, and Daddy Cat at Jacqueline's Cat House)!! She is the winner of a paperback copy of Laura Griffin's romantic suspense Unforgivable from Sunday's Take a Look, It's in a Book giveaway. Thank you to all who commented, and especially to all who read my little corner of the blog world. Your continual support is greatly appreciated.
All right, today I'd like to talk about our Summer reading lists. You do have one, right? Right? Excellent! Of course, once upon a time, we all had required summer reading. Anyone who took high school English knows exactly what I mean. Classic novels like George Eliot's Silas Marner (one of my all-time favorites), Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird (one of my CP's all-time favorites), and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings were among the many which dotted those sheets of paper we either received with our final report cards or via mail at the beginning of June.
Momma would make a mad dash to the local bookstore, buy the little Signet Classic paperbacks, and we'd start reading, oh, around the week before school started. Mind you, we were expected to take a test on at least one of the novels on the very first day, but we crammed nonetheless, dad-gummit. Likely didn't retain anything, but... well, there you have it.
|Summer Reading. So much fun.|
Just the other day, a good friend of mine presented a book she'd just started (she's like you and me... always, always reading), whose primary setting was--wonder of wonders--the very town in which I reside. "Look," she said, "you should write a book about Bossier City, too." To which I replied, "With all due respect, I like to escape when I read, not stay in the exact same place I deal with day after day after day." And while I'm certain other readers might enjoy learning about our... err... interesting section of fabulous Louisiana (we're so close to the Arkansas and Texas borders, sometimes the locals get confused as to who they really are...), the idea of writing an entire story in this setting simply doesn't appeal to me.
My own personal prejudices on reading and writing aside, however, I was most impressed that she actually has a lineup of books to read for this summer. When she asked if I did, I stuttered and sputtered. Errr... ummm... that is, I... ah...
|I... err, I... of course I have a summer reading list... really...|
So, in the grand tradition of reading to enrich the mind, I have decided to create a Summer Reading List to which I shall faithfully stick. No. Matter. What. Wow... kinda feels like I should sign and seal it in blood or something. And since I'm really trying to break into the YA section of the bookshelf, I figured I'd start with an author who is well established in the market: Paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi author extraordinaire Cassandra Clare.
Though she is famous for her Mortal Instruments Series, I'm starting with her newest release, Clockwork Angel (steampunk; also known as book one of The Infernal Devices Series), and plan on reading through MI (and others, to be sure, though those have yet to be determined) while waiting on the follow-up to CA, Clockwork Prince, which releases this December.
|Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare|
Book One in The Infernal Devices Series
|The Mortal Instruments Series (so far) by Cassandra Clare|
So, gentle reader, what lucky books have made it on your summer reading list?
Peace, Love, Junior Mints, and Happy Reading,