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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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Well, that’s just fine, Say it once, say it twice, Take a chance and roll the dice, Ride with the moon in the dead of night, Everybody scream, everbody scream. – Danny Elfman

I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul. –Bram Stoker Dracula

And now, for my top favorite scary/horror/Halloween books:

5. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
I had to read this book for a Victorian Literature class in college. At the time I worked for the on campus department of housing and my job duties were to sit in dorms that were mostly empty and wait for people to ask me questions. Sitting alone at 11:00 at night in a huge, empty, silent and dark towering building can be scary enough on its own. I was a little leery of taking this book with to read while on duty, but I knew I had to for class and I wouldn’t have much time to do so other than while at work. In class we had learned that Shelley had written the book for a contest on who could write the scariest book, and that hers had won. I knew the story of Frankenstein and had for years been very peeved when someone would refer to the creature as Frankenstein when it was really the name of the doctor that had brought the creature to life. Hello! Hadn’t anyone seen Young Frankenstein?! This book honestly did not scare me, but it is such a classic that I couldn’t leave it off of the list. I did enjoy it a lot, I just wasn’t frightened of it. Perhaps if I had lived in the year without a summer I would have been!

4. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
I had to read this one for another class in college. I remember reading it on a Friday night on my couch. My roommates had gone out for the evening (it was a Friday afterall, and only the English Major nerds were inside reading a book) and I was all alone. I remember being utterly terrified that some headless horseman was going to ride through the streets of Greensboro and up the stairs to my walkup apartment and sneak up on me from behind the huge piles of laundry that 3 girls in college can accumulate. It never happened, duh, but I couldn’t sleep until at least one roommate came home, just to be sure, saftey in numbers and all that.

3. I debated a long time which Stephen King book to add, I am a huge fan of his (I am reading one of his books in my profile picture) and have read most of his work. I had to go with my favorite though, which is Salem’s Lot. I love vampires and like I’ve said before, I loved them before they were popular. I have always enjoyed vampire literature (see Dracula below). I have also been somewhat intimidated by the sheer size of some of Mr. King’s works. Salem’s Lot seemed to be just the right size for me. I checked it out from the library, took it home, and devoured it. Luckily, I didn’t read it alone and I read it at a boyfriend’s house. I am not often scared by books, but I remember one scene in this  book shook me to my core and I had to put the book in the freezer for a few minutes until I could turn on all of the lights in the house and make sure that there were no well-dressed vampires in the house.

2. The Exorcist William Peter Blatey
When I was in high school I saw the movie at a slumber party and couldn’t sleep for weeks, convinced that Reagan or Captain Howdy or Satan or whoever was going to sneak into my house and possess me and make me scratch my face up and vomit on priests. I was very scared of the movie. I dare not try to read the book. The book was given to me as a gift and I remember reading the majority of it on my parents front poarch during a summer afternoon thunderstorm. It was my ideal reading experience. The weather was comfortable and rainy and the book was best to be read during a storm! My aunt told me that she read it while staying alone in an old house with no electricity. She is far braver than I ever will be!

1. Dracula Bram Stoker.
Ah, Dracula, “the original horror classic.” Isn’t it, though! I read this book in the same class that I read Frankestein. I am so grateful to Dr. Vann who assigned these books to us. Though I have always loved vampire literature (even before it was popular) I had never even picked up a copy of Dracula before and I just don’t know why. Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. I read part of it on another Friday night. The guy I was dating at the time was over watching tv and I was only vaguly aware that he was even there. Later that night I was terrified and I remember looking up into a mirror in the hallway and seeing his reflection and just screaming my lungs out, having forgotten that he was there and convinced that it was the opposite way around- vampires could ONLY be seen by their reflections in mirrors. Needless to say, this book became a daytime only read! And if you only read one book from this list, please let it be this one!

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