At the end of May, I decided to have a summer committed to reading. I called it my Slow Down and Read campaign, member: one. I've been so busy with life, kids, wedding details, promoting, and writing, that I sort of lost track of my love of reading. This summer I committed myself to reading. I had a goal of five books. How did I do?
Here's what I read from May 28th to August 29th. (I'm including titles I narrated, because I still had to read them. I actually had to read them twice, some of them three times if I did the abridged version.)
1. "Split Second" by Alex Kava (narrated)
2. "The Silent Girl" by Tess Geritsen (narrated)
3. "Sucker for a Hot Rod" by Joselyn Vaughn
4. "Only Mine" by Susan Mallery (narrated)
5. "We Need to Talk about Kevin" by Lionel Shriver
6. "Only Yours" by Susan Mallery
7. "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht (listened to the audio version)
8. "Matched" by Allie Condie
9. "Carry Yourself Back to Me" by Deborah Reed (narrated)
10. "Only His" by Susan Mallery (narrated)
11. "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Eagan
12. "Robopocalpsye: A Novel" by Daniel H. Wilson (listend to the audio version)
13. "Christmas at Timberwoods" by Fern Michaels (narrated)
14. "Before I Go To Sleep" by S. J. Watson (listened to the audio version)
15. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs
16. "Lotte's Country Kitchen" by Lotte Duncan
17. "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen
I also read 358 pages of "Sarum: The Novel of England" but that mofo is 900+ pages long and I just can't finish it.
All in all, this summer was a huge success and reconnected me to storytelling and words. My favorite books this summer were "We Need To Talk About Kevin" #1 and then "A Visit From The Goon Squad" #2. I also really enjoyed the YA book "Matched". "The Fiction Class" was a sleeper hit for me and I really connected to the simple yet elegant story.
Reading isn't over for me, but I'm thirty days from a wedding, two chapters from finishing book #4, starting teaching again, and in general Back To Crazy. But, oh, what a summer.
What did you read? Or what's on your list? I'm going to start reading up on women and madness in literature, just in case I get to teach the class I'm hoping to next semester. And who doesn't appreciate a good crazy woman, especially in a fine novel?