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 Liars has been on my list and I’ve heard great things about it, so I’ll probably try to get to that one. Sinner 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?