Your Summer Reading Preview

Posted by Cybil on May 14, 2018
Summer Reading Preview 2018

Summer Reading is sponsored by The Great American Read on PBS.

It's the season to catch up on your reading, crack open some classics, or discover great new releases. Whether your idea of summer reading is thrilling, romantic, informative, or fantastical, we've got page-turning recommendations for you!


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What will you be reading this season?

Let us know in the comments!


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message 1: by Nichole (new)

Nichole My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.


message 2: by Antonia (new)

Antonia Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

Good for you, Nichole! Serious reader!!


message 3: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."
One of my patrons just came in Friday requesting War and Peace. She's going to read it over the summer, as well!


message 4: by Antonia (new)

Antonia Cindy wrote: "Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."
One of my patrons just came in Friday requesting War and Peace. She's going to r..."


I admire readers who want to tackle the truly great books that might take a little more work...inspiring!


message 5: by Heather (new)

Heather I am currently reading "The Terror" by Dan Simmons. It is 937 pages but very readable and exciting. It also, seems to fit a lot of the summer reading challenge categories.


message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Nolan I am going to read Outlander on my kindle while I am on holiday in June.


message 7: by Vasilisa (new)

Vasilisa Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

I've been meaning to read this book for so many years now! I am Russian so for me it's really a shame I haven't read it yet. Let's hope I will finally get to it this summer. :)

And good luck to you, of course!


message 8: by Antonia (new)

Antonia That is a fantastic book!! Fun read...I highly recommend his Hyperion Series.


message 10: by Derek (new)

Derek Harmening Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

I read one epic-length book every year starting on the first day of summer. War & Peace was 2015's selection. I hope you enjoy it! (I'm giving Les Miserables a try this year.)


message 11: by Nichole (new)

Nichole Vasilisa wrote: "Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

I've been meaning to read this book for so many years now! I am Russian so for ..."


Thanks!


message 12: by Nichole (new)

Nichole Derek wrote: "Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

I read one epic-length book every year starting on the first day of summer. War..."


Best of luck with Les Miserables! I'm a little nervous about War and Peace.


message 13: by B. (new)

B. Adriana My reading project will be Stephen King - Sleeping beauties, Jo Nesbo, Moriarty Liane, Cassandra Clare's series, Victoria Aveyard's series.
Some classics too: Harper Lee, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy
and more.
If I can't finish what I have in mind, I will extend the Summer Project till the end of the year. Have fun!


message 14: by Mariam (new)

Mariam I always read one of the Lord of the Rings books over the summer since it takes me so long! :D


message 15: by Xavier (new)

Xavier I just started reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X and given my busy schedule, this one might take me some time to finish. I'm excited to jump right in because of the amount of praise the book receives so if this is the only book I can squeeze in before fall comes, I'll be happy!


message 16: by Faizan (new)

Faizan My summer reading project is to catch up my GoodReads target....


message 17: by Christy (new)

Christy I am going to try Pride and Prejudice. I've never read it and have heard so much about it that I think this will be one that I would like to read. I also need to catch up on my book pledge.


message 18: by Leona (new)

Leona I am not quite sure what I am going to read first but I think I will either finish the Green Mile or start reading the Elite sections.


message 19: by Maria Freitas (new)

Maria Freitas Domingues Thanks Goodreads team for such a great post! I'll make sure to take up the challenge you proposed :)


message 20: by Antonia (new)

Antonia Derek wrote: "Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

I read one epic-length book every year starting on the first day of summer. War..."


Hi Derek...did you use any tricks to remember all of the characters and the Russian names? And did you enjoy reading it?


message 21: by Antonia (new)

Antonia Heather wrote: "I am currently reading "The Terror" by Dan Simmons. It is 937 pages but very readable and exciting. It also, seems to fit a lot of the summer reading challenge categories."

Heather...I really loved "The Terror" when I listened to it on a summer road trip. My post might have gotten lost down below. But if you enjoy "The Terror", then you have to read the Hyperion series (3 books). If you enjoy Science Fiction, it is excellent. I think Simmons' best work.


message 22: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Monnet Xavier wrote: "I just started reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X and given my busy schedule, this one might take me some time to finish. I'm excited to jump right in because of the amount of praise the book r..."
Excellent choice. One of the best books ive ever read. Should be required reading in my opinion.


message 23: by Stevosteve (new)

Stevosteve I'm going to do a deep dive challenge for myself and read "Clarissa" by Samuel Richardson. I hope to make it through!


message 24: by Omar (new)

Omar Licea I think this was a great story over all. This was a story of of a year that covers the life of Esperanza, a chicana, who is about to twelve years old when the novel begins. Doing the year, she moves with her family into a house on mango street. The house is a huge improvement from her previous apartment but it was not what Esperanza was hoping for it was in Chicago in a run down Latino neighborhood. What I liked about the book is that Esperanza didn't want to live like this so she wanted to grow up and get something better than what she had and that's what I liked about it. This is a great book and I really recommend anyone to read it you won't regret it.


message 25: by the gift (new)

the gift i have ongoing project in reading nonfiction, philosophy: at the moment henri bergson ('henri bergson', well i am waiting for copy bought, forget author's name!), then japanese philosophy in general ('japanese and continental philosophy'), then gilles deleuze ('a thousand plateaus') ...

fiction is long work i keep meaning to get around to: 'war at the end of the world' by Vargas Llosa, 'discovery of heaven' by Mulisch, 'life a user's manual' by Perec...


message 26: by Michael Targaryen (last edited May 14, 2018 04:53PM) (new)

Michael Targaryen Antonia wrote: "Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

Good for you, Nichole! Serious reader!!"


What makes you consider a person that reads War And Peace to be a series reader? I’m not trolling...genuinely curious. I’ve always considered myself as such, but read voraciously in what interests me. HUGE speculative fiction fan(LOTR, ASOIAF, DUNE....), but could never manage to go for classics such as this. I’ve thought of reading this for a while because i heard it was such an epic, but I’ve never read anything further about it that gave me a big push towards tackling it.

Oh, and my summer reading is the unabridged three volume version of The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire.


message 27: by Antonia (new)

Antonia Then, you’re a serious reader...Decline & Fall is not lightweight.


message 28: by Michael Targaryen (last edited May 14, 2018 05:01PM) (new)

Michael Targaryen Antonia wrote: "Then, you’re a serious reader...Decline & Fall is not lightweight."

I’m reading it because it was likened to George R.R. Martins upcoming ASOIAF history book...
Man made me love history, go figure(that would be freaking hilarious if you personally knew me)


message 29: by LJF (new)

LJF My summer book (which I've read every year since it came out) is Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid.


message 30: by mirabilos (new)

mirabilos Vaca-what?

I’ll be happy when temperatures stay low enough for me to be able to continue reading a lot. But I guess when they climb even higher I’ll suffer through the day with a little bit of light reading on the side.


message 31: by Patrick (new)

Patrick I am going to read Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra this summer along with a few other books.


message 32: by Chris (new)

Chris I, for one, plan to read Jaws, A Thousand Acres, The Quest of the Fish-Dog Skin, Honor Girl, and Lily and The Octopus. Not necessarily in the order.


message 33: by хона (new)

хона Ахмэте Book list for the summer:
The War of the World
The Balkans
WW1
WW2
War Storm
Legendary
King of Thorns
Shadowsong
Pushkin: Poems, Prose, and Plays
Crime and Punishment

Pretty big list but its been a while since I've read anything meaningful and now that I'm done with high-school and am going to be able to relax. Can't wait!


message 34: by María (new)

María I'll be reading lots of feminism book, as the more I read, the more I learn about it. It's so important for society to be feminist! I will also be reading some soul-filling books, such as spiritual and so on.
Can't wait for summer to be here, it's my favourite season!


message 35: by Kaemea (new)

Kaemea Christy wrote: "I am going to try Pride and Prejudice. I've never read it and have heard so much about it that I think this will be one that I would like to read. I also need to catch up on my book pledge."

Once you finish P&P, You might enjoy Darcy's side in Pamela Aiden's series that starts with An Assembly Such as This. It starts at the country ball where Darcy sees Elizabeth for the first time.


message 36: by Nicko (new)

Nicko (The Cover Hoarder) Not to be a stick in the mud or anything, but what's the point in categorizing certain reads on different seasons of the year. :/ Holidays maybe, but I don't find a point in putting certain books in seasonal categories.


message 37: by Sivasweatha (last edited May 15, 2018 12:03AM) (new)

Sivasweatha Umamaheswaran Christy wrote: "I am going to try Pride and Prejudice. I've never read it and have heard so much about it that I think this will be one that I would like to read. I also need to catch up on my book pledge."

Ooh! I've read that multiple times! It's a great book. It is a perfect selection. Hope you enjoy!


message 38: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Nicko wrote: "Not to be a stick in the mud or anything, but what's the point in categorizing certain reads on different seasons of the year. :/ Holidays maybe, but I don't find a point in putting certain books i..."

I agree because in NZ we have the opposite seasons so its kinda sad when it's winter and you see "Summer reading challenge"


message 39: by Krishnakanth (new)

Krishnakanth Kurumeti I'm taking on the Dark Tower series by Stephen King... I'd supplement it with the Stephen King's Extended Universe which has links with the Dark Tower series... like 'Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, Insomnia et al

A huge undertaking as I'm reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan in parallel too


message 40: by Erin (new)

Erin Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

Good luck! I tried reading that and failed miserably.


message 41: by Sudi (new)

Sudi my summer reads are Crime and Punishment and The Count of Monte Cristo.


message 42: by Asha (new)

Asha Seth I am reading Stephen King's Bill Hodges Trilogy this summer.


message 43: by Asha (new)

Asha Seth Krishnakanth wrote: "I'm taking on the Dark Tower series by Stephen King... I'd supplement it with the Stephen King's Extended Universe which has links with the Dark Tower series... like [book:'Salem's Lo..."

A huge undertaking that is for these are some of his most exhaustive works, isn't it?
I am reading his Bill Hodges Trilogy.


message 44: by Poll (new)

Poll Martin I want to read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King! The team at Jade Mountain Resort St Lucia love it and we have shared this internally. Look forward to more posts from you guys.


message 45: by مجید (new)

مجید اسطیری My big summer reading project will be Kelidar: Roman by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi.


message 46: by sasha (new)

sasha Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

same


message 47: by Elijah (new)

Elijah Hanson Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

Good choice!


message 48: by Cecilia (new)

Cecilia Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

Dang. Good luck with that!


message 49: by Stacey (new)

Stacey Nichole wrote: "My big summer reading project will be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy."

I'm working on it too!!


message 50: by E (new)

E Brodnick I don't "plan" more than a book or two ahead. Whatever strikes my fancy at the time - & that can be anything, almost any genre - & the bigger the book, the better.


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