During the last week or two, my thoughts have turned more and  more toward summer and my favorite summertime occupation – reading.  Not the hurried, stolen moments, sneak it in during a quick lunch or in between grading assignments with a pen in one hand and a sandwich in the other, kind of reading. But rather the long read,  the lay in the shade comforted by a cool breeze and a cold drink on a nearby table.

I love the long read and I make no apologies for doing so. Instead I make a list and I’ve already started mine for the summer.

Seer by Patrick O’Scheen

I cheated a bit and got a head start on this one last week, but only made it 22% of the way in before putting it aside. O’Scheen obviously has a poetic soul and he is in love with his genre. He also has a powerful imagination and loads of potential, but his style is nearly all tell and I prefer a larger ratio of show.

The Jewel Box by Michelle McCarty

My current read is proving more my style. I’m at 43% and still engaged and enjoying the story line and the protagonist. I’ll post a full review when I’ve finished.

Spirit Me Away by Aaron Paul Lazar

I was intrigued by the setting of this Gus LeGarde Mystery and am looking forward to diving in. I’ll let you know when I reach the other side.

Necromancer Awakening by Nat Russo

Any book that races up the charts as fast as this one did deserves at least a quick perusal. So I’ll be perusing it soon.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I don’t often re-read books, even ones I’ve enjoyed as much as GRRM’s Song of Ice and Fire series. In this case I started the re-read, but found that I spent all my time yelling at the characters for what I know is about to happen because they are being too stupid/heroic/selfish/naïve/greedy/or dishonest. So I put it down, not because it isn’t awesome, but because I’m not ready, even after several years, to go back down that road again. Still, the writing is phenomenal. Maybe if I take it in small doses?

The rest of the list is too lengthy to delve into here, but here’s a sampling:

A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

Close to you by Christina Dodd

The Real Minerva by Mary Sharratt

Tickled Pink: A Comic Novel by Rita Rudner

City of your Final Destination by Peter Cameron

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

The book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

So… What are you reading and should I add it to my list?

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