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Summertime and the Reading’s Easy

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on July 9, 2014 in Books |

I’m dubbing this summer my summer of rereading. There’s something comforting and easy with reading the familiar. And with a newborn and an almost 3-year-old, I’m in much need of comfort and ease. I’m starting with the Harry Potter series because it’s been a few years since I’ve read any of those books and it feels like the right time to delve into the series again. No matter how many times I read these books, I always love them.

I flew through The Sorcerer’s Stone in no time and have started Chamber of Secrets. We’ll see how far I get before the summer ends. So far I’m finding lots of inspiration for my own writing. Being so familiar (I’ve read the first four books probably close to ten times) with the plots allows me to linger over the superb writing in a way I don’t tend to do when I’m reading a book for the first time.

Pretty much every summer I read Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere, so that’s definitely on my list as well. This is a book about 16-year-old Lennie, whose 19-year-old sister has just unexpectedly passed away. I feel like this a book that speaks to my soul. I find it to be uplifting and healing but also very emotional. It hits a little too close to home, given that my sister passed away at 16 (when I was 19).

I’m also currently reading two other stories I haven’t read before, and I’m sure there will be other new books on my list. E. Lockhart’s We Were Liarsย has been on my list and I’ve heard great things about it, so I’ll probably try to get to that one.ย Sinnerย by Maggie Stiefvater (one of my favorite authors) also recently came out and will likely get read.

What are you all planning on reading this summer?

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8 Comments

  • Meradeth says:

    One of these days I would love to go back and read the Potter series! Have you checked out the new short story? I can’t wait to! And Sinner–sooooo going to read that at some point this summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy reading!!

    • I haven’t read the new short yet…in fact, I was just about to now that I’m on the computer. And I love everything by Maggie Stiefvater! Happy reading to you!

  • Mary says:

    What a great list of reading for the summer! I love being able to dive back into an old favorite every now and then, just to be swept away like I was the first time around.

    Happy reading, Katie!

  • Kai says:

    I don’t have a plan for my reading, but I have a lot of self-pub and small press books on my Kindle, itching to be read. I just read The One, the final book in the Selection series. Satisfying ending.

    Enjoy whatever down time you get ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin Albert says:

    Jay and I are currently reading THE COLLECTOR out loud to one another. I am reading ELIXIR BOUND by this really awesome writer. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Given the pace of life right now, I’m much slower at reading than I normally am (I can usually whip out a book in a day or two, and now I’m lucky to finish in a month or two). On my list for the summer: DEFIANCE and DECEPTION by CJ Redwine, FIRE AND FLOOD by Victoria Scott, and CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare.

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