Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Reading List + Giveaway Winner!

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...

Imagine that.

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,



Joanne said...

Ooooh, I love summer reading...mostly to relax, so I turn to easy, breezy reads. (I like to save big, fat historicals for cozy winter reading.) I plan on lots of historical romance reading, my favorite type of escape reading.

P.S. Those of us waaaaay down south here in N.O. would enjoy a book about Bossier City (which is waaaaay up north in LA! LOL!)

BREA said...

I might pick up Clockwork Angel today. However, I debated reading "Divergent" but upon reading the first 3 pages I promptly put it down. It starts off TOO similar to Hunger Games. And you know I love my dystopians but it just wasn't doing it for me!

Lela said...

I've got Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series on the list first. THEN, I want to at least tackle one that's been on my shelf for a few months, "What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy" by Gregory Maguire. And if I finish all that and have time to spare before the fall semester, I may pick up a YA or two to start investigating... :)

Alyssia said...

@Joanne Me, too! Historical romances are wonderful with a warm blanket and a cup of tea. Oh, and see... we wanna hear about you folks down in good ol' NOLA!

@BREA It's really good so far, Bonn. Some things I've readily noticed that could've been better--sentence structure, etc.--but on the whole, a fine, original work of fiction. And I haven't heard of Divergent! However, I, too, would be leery of something too close to the Hunger Games. One brilliant Suzanne Collins is plenty enough, thank you very much. ;)

@Lela Have you started the HoV series? I'd love to know how you like it! And, girl, we are definitely hookin' you up with some YA! :)

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats to Jacqueline.
I like to escape when I read as well. I just finished Divergent and now I'm going through some old books that have been on the shelf for too long.

Lela said...

Oh, you know, Nik, I haven't! I need to. I have to finish all these others before July because, guess who's gonna mow you over if you're in between me and the book store when the new George RR Martin book comes out...? ;) hehehe

Jacqueline said...

Thank you so much for the Unforgivable book, Nikki; of course, that will be my next read...BTW, the beautiful bow you wrapped around the book is now a kitty toy, of course :)...When I was in the 7th grade, I fell in love with To Kill A Mockingbird=definitely one of my favorite books ever...Have a fun weekend!

Charmaine Clancy said...

I think I'll give Clockwork Angel a go (I love that hardcover copy). I've heard a lot about it and have a shameful admission - I'm yet to read a steampunk novel.

Alyssia said...

@Lynda I just went through old books last weekend, took some I was willing to part with to the second-hand bookstore, some to the battered women's shelter. My shelves were really, really beginning to look overly cluttered!

@Lela The new George RR Martin--yeah! So, we probably won't hear from you, like, at all for the few days you're reading that, right? Tee hee!

@Jacqueline You are so very welcome! And congratulations!

@Charmaine I'm really enjoying it so far. Colorful description; this one part with the sisters in the beginning made my skin crawl all over the place! And hey! Better late than never with the steampunk! Clockwork Angel is a great way to get started, too. :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

I have to admit, I don't have a summer reading list! I do, however, have a stack of books by local authors waiting to be read, some books I want to read again (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one), and some Kindle books I want to read to try out authors new to me. Cassandra Clare is on my list of authors to try out!

Medeia Sharif said...

I almost made a summer reading list, but I was afraid to follow it. I know that I'll get distracted by new releases and sudden finds.

I haven't read Clare yet, but I've been meaning to.

Alyssia said...

Shannon & Medeia, she's definitely got a knack for world building, and that can get pretty difficult at times. Especially when, with the new Infernal Devices series, you've gotta world build against the very real backdrop of Victorian England. If you don't do it just right, the history police will come and get you. *giggle*

Andrew Leon said...

No reading list, but I have a tag for you on my post today.

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