Summer arrived last weekend, bringing lots of sun and very warm temperatures. I wonder if it’s here to stay? Well, even if the weather takes a turn, I’m definitely in “summer reading mode,” riding high on a wave of good reads in May. I managed to read all the books in my May book stack, plus one more: Elizabeth Taylor’s The Sleeping Beauty (I’m hosting a readalong in June). And I’m really excited about the books in my queue for the next few months. Some are books I bought with a birthday gift card, others are Orange Prize winners or nominees, and everything just looks sooo good!
Pictured from top to bottom:
- On my Kindle, George Eliot’s Middlemarch. I’m making steady progress on Book IV, reading a chapter each week. The Team Middlemarch discussion will be in July.
- The Observations, by Jane Harris: This was on my “might read” list for May, but I read Elizabeth Taylor’s The Sleeping Beauty instead. I added it to my 2012 reading list after seeing so much praise for it during Orange January. And it’s living up to my expectations so far!
- Carry Me Down, by M. J. Hyland: This 2006 Booker Prize nominee caught my attention when I was perusing the prize backlist.
- Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward: This National Book Award winner was one of my gift card purchases.
- Gillespie and I, by Jane Harris: Yes, another by Jane Harris! The buzz about this book was more temptation than I could resist. Yay for birthday gift cards!
And not pictured, which I’ll get from the library later this month:
- Mother’s Milk, by Edward St. Aubyn: another Booker Prize nominee. I’ve heard a lot about St Aubyn’s Melrose series lately, and decided he was an author I should discover. I know you’re wondering, why aren’t you starting with the beginning of the series? Well, it’s a Booker “completist” thing. Once I read Mother’s Milk and Carry Me Down, I’ll have read the entire 2006 shortlist. Call me crazy, but I do like checking off lists … 🙂
June will be a busy month with other family activities, and I seem to be on a slower pace this year overall, so 5 books is realistic. But if I happen to have time for more, don’t worry: I have a long list of candidates for Orange July, and would have no problem diving into them early!
What are your summer reading plans?