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I will confess with everything that I have going on this summer (see the intro. to my last blog post if you’re not with me) I have not completed one single book since my summer break from school began last Thursday. However, I am very close to being finished with The Town That Forgot How To Breath and I’m planning on reviewing that one sometime this week. I was thinking about how much I LOVE Summer Reading and I thought that for this Tuesday my TTT could be the top ten books I am most looking forward to reading this summer. I hope that I am actually able to find the time to read all ten books which is something I normally would never have trouble doing, but this summer is a little different for me with my mom being so sick and school starting back so early and I will be moving next month. I hope to at least read five of this if not more. Some of the titles are very new and some are pretty old and one I have read before but I need to revisit. Some are very popular and are still on the bestsellers list and some you might now have even heard of. Anyway, here are my personal top ten (hope to) reads for the summer of 2012:

10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Publication Date: 2011.
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I am a huge King fan and I have read great reviews of this book. I bought a used copy a few weeks ago and it’s been sitting on my to-read shelf ever since begging me to open it up.

9. Canada by Richard Ford. Publication Date: 2012.

I knew nothing of this book. I hadn’t read about it in any of the book-themed magazines I read, I hadn’t seen it on the indie next list on indiebound, I hadn’t heard a buzz about it on any of the podcasts I listen to and I hadn’t read excitement posts about it on any of the blogs I follow. However, one morning I was browsing my friends GoodReads updates and one of my friends on there (who I trust 100% book-wise) gave it a glowing review and FIVE, yes FIVE stars (which is basically unheard of on GoodReads unless the book is spectacularly amazing great). It sounded interesting and after hearing an interview with Ford on NPR I knew I had to read it and it shot to the top of my to-read list. Now, if only the library’s waiting list for it wasn’t so high!

8. Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. Publication Date: 2012.

This book LITERALLY just came out. Today. I am a HUGE fan of Picoult’s and have collected each of her books (with the exception of Lone Wolf because it’s not out in paperback yet, so, no spoilers, please!). With Between The Lines, Picoult teams up with her teenaged daughter, Van Leer, and writes a work of young-adult fiction that is blowing up all of the blogs and podcasts and etc (see #9 for everything I turn to for book advice). The book is a book about books and characters and fairy tales and all of my favorite things. Now, I’m off to secure me a copy!

7. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Publication Date: 2001.

Bel Canto is my need to re-read book for this summer. I read it in college for a class I was taking, but now I can’t remember ANYTHING about it. I don’t even remember if I enjoyed it or not. I last read State of Wonder by Patchett and didn’t much care for that one so I am hoping that this one will be better. People seem to love Patchett and this is probably her most famous work. This one won the PEN/Faulkner and the Orange Award so I guess it can’t be too bad, right?

6. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. Publication Date: 2011. Click here for review. Read 6/29/12

Silver Sparrow a book that I marked as to-read a while ago before it was published. It seems like I pretty much forgot about it and now suddenly I am seeing this book everywhere I look, especially since I follow Ms. Jones and childhood favorite author Judy Blume on Twitter and they have been really hyping a guest appearance they both made at a NYC Barnes & Noble. I guess I kinda missed the boat by not reading it last summer since NPR marked it as one of their books to read for the 2011 summer. So, now I am making up for lost summer reading and hoping to get to it this summer.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Publication Date: 2011.
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The Night Circus is one of those books that was so loved when it first came out and now it seems to have faded away. I never got a chance to read it when it first came out and so now I’m hopeful that I will get to it this summer and that it will still live up to the hype it had last year upon publication.

4. An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer. Publication Date: 2012

This is one that I just recently added to my to-read list. I was fumbling around a Barnes & Noble one afternoon killing time and found this book, read the back, and almost bought it. Some of my friends on GoodReads didn’t much care for it, but I’m intrigued. One of the books I brought down to my parents house with me this time I’m here is The Dante Club and I’m excited to get on that one. I feel like I’m definitely in the mood for some secret society reads and these two should be two good ones, I hope.

3. Carry the One by Carol Anshaw. Publication Date: 2012.

I don’t remember how I discovered this one but the plot sounds like one of those where you HAVE to read the whole thing in one sitting. The story begins with a wedding and after the wedding a tragedy strikes and the book unravels like the lives of the people affected by the tragedy.

2. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. Publication Date: 2012.

This is my favorite type of summer read: ones that are set in the summer and at the beach, but still have some literary value to them. I love books like this. I find that they are not quite as good if the weather’s not hot enough though. I’ve been holding off on this one for a long time so that I can read it either while camping on the river or at the beach this summer. Several times I have placed it in my basket at bookstores and at Target but I always put it back because I know I will read it right away and I need to have patience. It is, afterall, a virtue.

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Publication Date: 2012.

Everyone has been RAVING about this book lately and it was sold out at Target today which means it must be good (either that or the new-ness of it is still working on people, it was just published on June 5). The plot (two out of work yuppie types have to move back to one of their hometowns where the girl goes missing and eyes turn towards the husband) did not sound all that amazing to me so I may have to wait until I am in the mood for a mystery before starting this one. I am really looking forward to it though because I can’t get anyone to say anything negative about it!

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? What books have you read so far this summer that you loved? What books do you think I should add to this list?

Happy Summer Reading!!

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The newspapers says, says, say it’s true it’s true… and we can break through, though torn in two, we can be one -U2

Welcome to 2012! To start off the year, I had considered doing a post on my pick for my 2011 book of the year which I selected as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I am not going to do another post on this book as I have done one previously and I direct you to it here. I should mention that I do realize that this book was technically published in early 2010 and so it technically should have been my 2010 pick for best book, but it was my pick for the best book that I READ in 2011. I just spent a good 15 minutes browsing the books that were published in 2011 and I honestly only have read one on the list (The Night Strangers) and I am not about to name it my book of 2011. Instead, I will let you know which book of 2011 I am most excited to read: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. This book was on every “best of 2011” list I browsed! I want to read more by her! I have only so far read The Bel Canto for a class in college and I loved it. Why the hell haven’t I read more of her? Alas! A 2012 resolution!

As noted in my last post, my reading challenge for 2011 was to read 61 books. As it turns out, I read 63! Huzzah! This year I have set my goal at only 26 books. Why such a low number? I want to discover new authors this year and I want to read the books that aren’t just the ones on the bestsellers list. There are 26 letters in the alphabet and so I want to go down the alphabet and select a book by an author whos first or last name begins with the letter I’m on. For instance, “A” is the first letter of the alphabet and so my first book in the reading challenge will be something like Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood or State of Wonder by Ann Patchett! I haven’t started either one yet because last weekend I started Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2). If you have been reading my blog along, you’ll know that I read Outlander this past summer and enjoyed it. The books are super long (Dragonfly… is 752 pages!) so it does take some time and patience to read the books. I have 365 days to read 26 books so I belive that I am safe! I will try to update for each letter and let you know of any great new authors I discover.

To end this post, I want to share some good and exciting news with you. This past week I started the application process to return to school to obtain my second Master’s Degree. I previously received a MLIS in Library and Information Science and now I am hoping to work towards a Master’s of Art in English Literature. I am super excited about this. I can’t wait to get back into a college classroom where we’re all discussing books and ideas and authors and meaning and simile and metaphors and history!! I am practically giddy with the anticipation. If you’re out there reading this, send me some good vibes so I’ll be accepted to the program! I can’t wait to share what we read and discuss in class with you all!

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