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Subject: What Will You Be Reading This Summer?
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 3:58 PM ET
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It's been slow around here, so I thought I'd start a new topic of discussion!

I tend to read more in the summer because I find more excuses to just sit outside and enjoy the sun.  We also spend a lot of time at my in-laws' lake cabin, and my favorite places to read (when the family isn't trying to engage me in conversation or a game of bocce ball) are on the boat, sitting in my lawn chair at the water's edge or swinging in a hammock in the shade! 

I don't like to read anything too "deep" in the summer because I'm often reading in short bursts between interruptions.  I also can't read any big, hard cover book that is somewhat cumbersome, as it's difficult to hold those books while laying half in the water on a beach lounger with hands slick from suntain oil!  (Right now I'm reading Wolf Hall, and there's no way I could read this in the summer.  For one, it's a bit large (although not overly long) and heavy since it's a hard cover, and for another thing, it can be hard to follow.  I would really struggle with it if I had to read it in snatches or while keeping one eye on the kids playing in the water.)  So, I've been contemplating what to make my summer reading.  I'm torn between -

Starting Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. I have the first three books on my shelf, and since I don't think I can truly be considered a member of this forum until I've met Jamie Fraser, I really need to get going on these.

Making it a "Summer of Michener."  I have Hawaii, Alaska and The Caribbean all on Mt. TBR, and I am so anxious to dig into these.  I've been to Hawaii and the Caribbean (Jamaica), and DH is talking about a trip to Alaska next year to visit family there, so all of them are appealing to me. 

So, that's what I'm toying with.  Anyone else saving some books to read in the summer?  If so, what are they, and tell us why you've got them earmarked as "summer reads." 

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 4:25 PM ET
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I never know - my reading adventures are always going in a different direction. All it takes is the discovery of one new and/or long forgotten author and I"m side tracked again.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 4:39 PM ET
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LOL, I completely understand, Cathy! I usually plan what I'm going to read next (at least one or two books ahead), but often I end up going in a completely opposite direction!  Right now my plan is to read Helen of Troy by Margaret George after I finish Wolf Hall, but who knows if I'll actually do that!  So my summer reading plan is just that, a "plan," and we all know plans are often subject to change!  LOL!

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Date Posted: 3/18/2010 5:39 PM ET
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Shelley that is a lot of Michner I have read them all except Alaska. I recommend reading something between them. I loved the first 3 Diana Gabaldon books. By book 5 I couldn't get through it. Claire and Jaime are two of may favorite all time characters but I though the series got stale.

I will probably read a lot of trash in the summer. It tends to call to me in summer. Lots of romances and paranormal. I will sneak in a few mysteries and historical fiction.

For my book group I am going to have everyone pick one book over 500 pages and read it and we will regroup at the end of August to debrief on everyones books. I will read my Ben Franklin bio I have for this challenge. I tread it. I don't like nonfiction very much.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:10 PM ET
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Shelly, I especially loved Hawaii.  It's in my top 10 all time favorites.  I read it in 1967, while living in Hawaii.  I was 19 and just moved there with my brand new husband.  I'd never been away from home and was terribly homesick.  I didn't work and had no children yet, so I would read all day.  Sounds blissful, doesn't it.

My other Michner favorite is Centennial.  I've also read Space and Alaska.

By summer's end I hope to have read The Greatest Knight, Scarlet Lion (if B&N ever ships it), New York by Rutherfurd, Forever Amber . . . oh, sheesh . . . there's so many I can't make up my mind.  I want to read them all RIGHT NOW!

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:13 PM ET
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I'm going to be going back and forth between my historical fiction challenge titles, and some YA books I've been meaning to read forever..plus I have two mystery series I want to read, the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich, and the Abel Jones Civil War mysteries by Owen Parry.  IF I should finish all that...and I might...who knows what I'll get into next!

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:16 PM ET
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I've read Alaska and Hawaii (and also Poland) of your Michener. I preferred Hawaii and Poland to Alaska.

I never plan my summer reading this far in advance, we'll see ;) 

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:28 PM ET
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I don't normally plan either, I always swing back and forth between H/F, historical romance and historical mysteries. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:00 PM ET
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I do need to reread Hawaii one of these days. Donna, I lived in Hawaii in the mid-late 60's as well although I was in grade school. I very much loved going barefoot to school

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 9:14 PM ET
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Donna - Ummm, no kids, no employment, liviing in Hawaii, and having the whole day to read?  Doesn't just sound blissful, it sounds like heaven!!   While you were in nirvana reading all day in the Hawaiian sunshine in 1967, I was being born in the middle of Iowa in the spring.  I didn't yet know the joys of Hawaii or Michener! 

Alice - Yes, Michener's books are looooong. I might be tired of him after one book and should break them up. Maybe I'll alternate the three Micheners I have with the three Gabaldons!  There!  Problem solved!  :) Of course, knowing me I will veer off in a totally different direction and by the end of the summer I won't have read even on Michener or one Gabaldon! 

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 9:36 PM ET
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The nirvana didn't last long.  Before 1967 was over I had a baby and 17 months later another one.  Then I had litlle time to read.  I can remember nursing my baby with a book proped on my knee trying to read.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 10:07 PM ET
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Well, hopefully, I will be reading most of the books for the 2010 challenges! I have received a few however, that really intrigue me and which aren't on my challenge lists: Heresy by S J Parris; Murder on the Eiffel tower by Claude Izner and maybe, just maybe, I will get to meet Uhtred!!!

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 12:06 AM ET
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Jeanne, I like your new Avatar

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:44 AM ET
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Summer?! We are just - finally! - getting rids of the last remnants of snow around here. Geesh!

I've been trying to do more reading of events, places and people that are not familiar to me. I hope to continue this trend throughout the year.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:57 AM ET
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As far as difficulty or length of book I don't read anything different in summer than in winter--the only difference is that I save any books set in really cold climates for summer.  I HATE hot weather, and I find that if I read books that are set in icy climates, it makes me feel just a little bit cooler!  I have a book on tap for the mystery book challenge that I'm purposely holding on to until July or August--In Cold Pursuit, by Sarah Andrews.  It's set in Antarctica.

I guess I really immerse myself in the atmosphere of what I'm reading, because I much prefer books set in cooler climates.  If there is a book set in a hot climate, I have to read it in the winter, otherwise it makes me so uncomfortable that I don't enjoy it.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 1:49 PM ET
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I'll be reading bodice rippers with some HF periodically and bumping the WL books to the front so I can bankroll some credits. No themes or plans to stick to a type of thing though. I'll read whatever I'm in the mood for, or whatever pretty and splashy cover calls to me the loudest. LOL

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 1:52 PM ET
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I honestly don't know what I'll be reading for summer yet.  I have my entire reading list for the year planned out but then I keep constantly changing it to accomodate the reading challenges I keep joining.  I have 4 Micheners on my shelf I need to get to eventually: Hawaii, Texas, Alaska and Chesapeake.  Shelley maybe I'll toss all my lists and join you on your summer of Michener :)

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 2:01 PM ET
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Diane - That's interesting about you and your reading tastes based on climate!  LOL!  I'm exactly the opposite. I despise cold weather and, well honestly, any temp below 70 degrees has me remarking that it's chilly.  I prefer the low to mid-80s and can easily tolerate temps in the 90s (especially when I'm at the lake, when I prefer temps to be in the 90s).  Why I live in Minnesota is beyond my comprehension. I'm frigidly cold at least 9 months out of the year.  I've thought about saving a book like Hawaii to read during one of our arctic cold spells (like in January), but I think it would make me too sad.  I'd want so desparately to be in Hawaii, I'd probably become a real bitch to be around.  LOL!  Maybe I should read Hawaii  and The Caribbean this summer and Alaska in next winter!

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 2:39 PM ET
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Shelley, I'm like you in both ways--I read differently in the summer and I abhor the cold!

 

In summer, I tend to read either at the pool or out on our boat on the lake, and of course tend to read fluffier stuff on those occasions---mostly because the likelihood of damage to a precious book is higher, what with all the drinks, suntan lotion, and large bodies of water nearby....while i hate to disqualify any book from PBS, I'd particularly hate to disqualify anything any of my HF buddies might want.

I don't yet have any special plans, but typically this is where I'd take the year to date bestseller list of current pprback fiction and get on it....


I'm a huge Jaime fan, so get going girl---I'm sure any of us would be happy to lend you the rest of the series. I'm working through  Echo in the Bone right now, as a matter of fact.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 4:53 PM ET
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We had an unusual heat wave this past summer, and by chance, I happened to read "The Children's Blizzard" by David Laskin (for book club). It was perfect summer reading material for just that reason.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 6:23 PM ET
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Thanks, Letty! I KNOW that you know that once in a while you've got to change them if you get bored with what you have - at least for a while (it's the avatars we are speaking of).

I am also going to try to hit the Zoe Oldenbourg books this summer. I figure that we won't be having much company then, so I can read (I hope, I hope).