Summer Book Haul

There’s nothing like spreading a soft blanket across that lawn under the summer sun, grabbing a lemonade and enjoying a good book. Seriously, this is probably my favorite summer pastime. I’ll accept some minor substitutions in location, such as cozying up in a hammock or parking yourself by a camp fire, and in beverage, a beer is nice if that’s a legal option for you, but the book is a must.

I thought I’d compile a list of what I’m reading this summer, in case you need some ideas for your own ‘To Read’ List…or if you’re just nosy and want to snoop through my bookshelf. Because I’m not made of money my Book Haul is a bit different than some others you’ll read in blogs/see on YouTube; I’ve included 3 separate categories for where I found each book:

Some I purchased from a book store. These are usually books I already know I love, I am certain I will love, or are part of a series I’ve been amassing…although occasionally they’re something I randomly picked up on sales associate recommendation or because the cover is pretty.

My second set of books are ones check out of my local library, because why wouldn’t you have a library card? It’s free books! Plus, “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”

Lastly I’m including books lent to me by friends, family, etc. (I’m not sure who the etc. is…perhaps people I know but don’t like?)

Purchased (because they were important enough to own)
Summer Book Haul - Bought City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Fangirls forgive me because I am way behind the times. The conclusion to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series came out months ago and I still haven’t read it. I wasn’t for lack of interest but lack of time…and also my insane need to reread the entire series every time a new installment is released.

The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers about Danger & Death by Michael Blastland & David Spiegelhalter
As a math nerd this book leapt out at me as a wandered by on a leisurely trip to the book store. The book revolves around numbers and statistics as they relate to every day things. The kicker is that the authors illustrate these risks through vignettes of three fictitious people. How fun is that?! I’m really excited to start thumbing through my shiny new copy, although if you are hypochondriac this book sounds like it might not be the best choice for you.
Also the book’s official website is super cute!

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin
I know, again I am falling behind the trends. However, when it comes to the ‘Game of Thrones’ storyline, I choose to think I am actually ahead. For me the goal is to stay ahead of the show because when given the choice I will always read the book first. For a brief time I was behind and I walked around in constant fear that a tv-watcher would ruin all of the big reveals but I have good friends and managed to remain spoiler free. I am currently plowing my way through the 4th book (A Feast for Crows) and want to be ready to continue on when I finally reach that point.

Borrowed (from my local Library)
Summer Book Haul - Library Premeditated by Josin L McQuein
To be honest I’m not certain why I chose to read this particular book. I know that I searched it out specifically at my library after finding it amongst my “To Read” bookshelf on Goodreads (follow me maybe?). When I read the plot teaser last week I decided that the storyline of a girl basically cat fishing someone to get revenge sounded enticing. But I don’t know where the original recommendation to check it out came from. In the end the start doesn’t matter, just the book does. I just finished this novel and found it intriguing at times, but mostly predictable with a watered down approach to anger & angst. If you REALLY need something to read then pick up a copy, but if you’re not hard up for recommendations then give it a pass.

The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
Some people might think I am too old for the Percy Jackson series. To that I say: “_____” That’s right, I don’t even dignify them with a response because no one is every too old to enjoy a magical adventure like our demigod heroes undertake. The Demigod Diaries is a collection of short stories chronicling never before seen moments from the lives of our favorite children of the Greek gods. I’m excited for a little fast-paced adventure but a truly extraordinary author, who can keep readers of all ages engaged while also being sneakily educational.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by EL James
I’ve talked about this more in my 50 Shades of Grey Trailer Reaction post, but here’s the basics on my thoughts about this phenomenon:
I had no intention of ever reading this book, despite the fact that practically every female I know has. Although I was curious to see what all the hype was about I was not curious enough to make an effort to obtain the novel & spend my precious time reading it. Then Jamie Dornan happened. Now I have to read it out of principle. You see, I have to see the movie as I must take any & every opportunity to see that godly face on screen (especially the big screen!) and as a rule I must always read the book before seeing the film. However I keep having the problem where I pick it up, open to the first page, then put it away and grab a different book instead…

Bone Quill (Hollow Earth #2) by John Barrowman
I first picked up Hollow Earth because of Doctor Who. How does a YA novel relate to the long-running British sci-fi series? It’s author! Captain Jack Harkness is in fact an author. Actor John Barrowman has written multiple novels, including autobiographies and Torchwood novels, but Hollow Earth was his first original story with original characters. I read the first book in this series because I love Barrowman; I am reading the second because I love the story. In an original twist on real-world fantasy the Hollow Earth novels follow twins Matt & Em as they learn about their power to bring pictures to life. The action-packed first edition left me excited to see what dramatics the protagonists get up to next.

Lent (from some really awesome people)
Summer Book Haul - Lent The War of the Spider Queen Series by a variety of authors
A nerd friend of mine (and I mean that as the highest of compliments) lent the first 3 books in this series with the recommendation that I would love them. Apparently he knows me well because I thought the first volume was exceptional. The story takes place in the Forgotten Realms and weaves a tale of adventure & fantasy…the tings I love most in books! I look forward to reading further into the series and becoming more & more emotionally attached to the characters.

Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney
This book was lent to me by my roommate. She originally picked it up off a ‘Recommended’ table in Chapters book store. Although her Goodreads app was malfunctioning and she couldn’t troll any reviews she knew it was something she’d enjoy and if she put it down she’d potentially miss out on it forever. At this time I’m only on Chapter 2 (the first chapter was excellent, by the way) but since the point isn’t the give the whole plot away I can still give you a brief description:
Author Katie Heanley is a smart, confident writer (she’s a Buzzfeed contributor so I knew the book was bound to be hilarious) and at age 25 has never actually dated anyone. Through a series of recollections and ponderings Katie describes many doomed-from-the-start crushes & only-in-her-head romances as she considers why it is that she hasn’t had any luck in love so far. While some might think this is a rather melancholy topic, Katie approaches it with the good tempered optimism of a confident, modern woman. It makes for a few cringes of embarrassment, the odd pluck of the heart strings and ample laughter.

So that’s what I’m currently reading. If you’d like to keep up on my progress you could friend me on Goodreads! I’d love to hear what you’re reading in the comments because I’m all about recommendations!
Love & Luck,

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