MMD Summer Reading Guide

So every season I’ve been postin my seasonal reading plans. They’ve included a list of three categories: classics, non-fiction, and new releases, and my goal has been to read from each category. I will not be making a summer list, and my progress only spring list stops now. 

The Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide was announced last week, and I have found myself incredibly excited by its contents. So excited, in fact, I’m going to let the MMD Summer Reading Guide actually be my Reading Guide for he summer. The vast majority of the books mentioned sound like my kind of read, and I want to get my hands on them all. 

My goal from now until the end of summer is to read as many books on the Summer Reading Guide as I can. It’s not going to stop me from reading other books like some of the classics I have on my list, but I’m focusing on these fun summer reads while I have the motivation and excitement for them. 

Now there are still a few more books I’d like to read this summer. I would like to take part in the Tournament of Books Summer Reading Challenge. In this challenge, they are picking two books a month to “compete” against each other. There will be different judges each month to determine the winner. In the end one book will reign supreme over all the other books of the summer and will gain an automatic spot in the Tornament of Books in March 2018. First up are A Separation by Katie Kitamura and The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge. We’re starting with A Separation, and I’m already working on my head start. 

The other list I’ll be reading from is another MMD cultivated list. Her post of 17 books everyone will be talking about this summer is on my radar, and I’m working on getting my hands on copies when the are released. 

Summer is the time for reading! I hope everyone has plans to do plenty this season!

Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist

Time for Top Ten Tuesday! These week, I have come up with the things I love in books that I just can’t seem to get enough of. 

1. Fairy tale retellings. I LOVE these books but I can’t seem to find really good new ones lately. 

2. Classic retellings. Same with the classics. I’m picky about my classic retellings. They have to be just right. 

3. Books about books. Another lovely type of book I can’t get enough of. 

4. Beautiful covers. I adore the Penguin clothbounds and English Modern Library. Show me a pretty cover and I’m in!

5. More authors like Jill Mansell. She is my favorite light hearted novelist. I have been forever searching for an author that can match her wit and romance, but so far no dice. 

6. Books set in New York. But not modern New York. More like the flapper period. I love those books. 

7. Single dad romances. I have an odd love for cute little romances where a single man suddenly ends up with a baby somehow and his best girl friend helps him out and they slowly realize they’re in love. Very heartwarming and cute. 

8. Books set in Europe. I’m fascinated with Europe and its history. I love reading about it, even in fiction. 

9. Celebrity memoirs. I devour them. More need to be written!

10. Plain old good writing. I need a story that is well written. Can’t we have more of that?
What kinds of books are on everyone else’s wishlist?

Bout of Books

It’s time for another Bout of Books Readathon! I’m super excited about this, because I feel like it’s perfect timing. I’ve finally gotten a great reading groove going, and I want to capitalize on it. 

So what happens during the Bout of Books? It is a week long, low pressure readathon where the only goal is to read a lot and socialize with other readers on the web. Sounds fabulous! 

I’ve got a little bit of a TBR for next week that looks like this:

As You Like It by William Shakespeare. I’m on a big Shakespeare kick right now and am just moving along through this one. 

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. I started this last month and really want to get back to it. 

Startup by Doree Shafrir. My last month’s selection for Book of the Month. It’s about time I started it!

Sport of Kings by CE Morgan. I’ve been dying to read it and finally have a copy from the library. 

Is anyone else participating this week? What’s on your TBR?

Tournament of Books Final Rounds

We’re almost to the finish line, folks! Just the Zombie Rounds and then the finals! Here are my predictions for the rest of the Tournament. 

The Nix v The Underground Railroad. My pick: The Underground Railroad 

The Vegetarian v Homegoing. My pick: Homegoing

My my for the overall winner of the 2017 Tournament of Books is The Underground Railroad. This has been a clear favorite of many since the beginning and I think it’s a pretty safe bet. We’ll see at the end of the week, though!

Top Ten Author Readings

I was excited about this Top Ten Tuesday, because as an undergrad I was lucky enough to attend one of the best English schools in the country. With that came an amazing independent bookstore that had plenty of readings and events that were completely free. I was able to see so many author readings, I bet I’ve forgotten half of them! There were just too many to keep track! So, my list below highlights some of my favorite author readings (except for number 9, which is a future reading that I already have tickets to and just can’t wait to attend!). 

1. Alice Sebold

2. Max Allan Collins

3. Amber Tamblyn

4. Audrey Niffenegger

5. Lawrence Block

6. Dan Choan

7. Julie Rubina

8. Ishmael Beah

9. Paula Hawkins

10. Robyn Schiff 

Tournament of Books Semifinals

We’re so close to a new winner! Now we’re on to the semifinals today, and things are getting difficult. These books are all so amazing, it’s really hard to predict who is going to win it all. Here are my predictions for this semifinal round:

The Underground Railroad v Version Control. My pick: The Underground Railroad 

Homegoing v The Nix. My pick: Homegoing 

The Zombie Round is coming later this week, so stay tuned for a possible twist in the game!

Winter Reading Recap

With the new Spring Reading List up and going, it’s time to go over my Winter Reading List.  I feel like even though I didn’t succeed in finishing my list, I still succeeded in reading some really great books this season.  So, here’s my recap:

Classics

Little Women: I didn’t finish.  I don’t know why, but I’ve never been able to get into Little Women.  It just might not be the book for me.  I did get much farther than I’ve ever gotten before, though.  Has anyone else had the same problem?  I still want to read this classic, so if you have any advice on how to get through, I’d love to hear it!

Gone with the Wind: I haven’t finished this book yet.  It’s one of my favorites, and I decided I really wanted to savor it and take my time on it.  My reading of it will continue into the spring months!

Jane Eyre: I didn’t start it.  I’ve already read this book, and while every winter I feel like a reread, I just didn’t feel like picking it up when it was time.  It’s still on the shelf whenever the urge hits again, though.

The Woman in White: I didn’t start this one, either.  I just wasn’t feeling classics this winter, it looks like.

 

Nonfiction

Hillbilly Elegy: Finished!  And I have to say I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!

Talking as Fast as I Can: Also finished!  And loved.  Highly recommend for any Gilmore Girls fan.

Salinger: I didn’t start.  My goal was to read three books from each category, and I decided early on that this wouldn’t be my pick for this season.  I still have the book, though, so maybe I’ll be inspired to pick it up some other time.

The Road to Little Dribbling:  I didn’t finish this book.  I decided that I might want to start with some other Bill Bryson before tackling this one.  Any advice on which one to go for first?

 

Newer Releases

Swing Time: Didn’t start

Truly, Madly, Guilty: Didn’t start

Today Will Be Different: Didn’t start

The Girls: Didn’t finish.  For some reason I just really didn’t like this book.  I will not be trying this one again.

 

So clearly I had an issue with newer releases this season.  I have a perfectly good reason for that.  The Tournament of Books shortlist was released in January.  As you can probably tell, the Tournament of Books is one of my favorite literary events of the year.  I started gathering as many of the shortlisted books as I could and read those instead of my Winter list.  I have to say, I am definitely do not regret my choice to forgo this list for the Tournament of Books.  I found some great books.

Even though it doesn’t appear like I did that great reading wise this Winter, I am very pleased with the books that weren’t on this list that I did read.  I’m very happy.

How did everyone else do this winter?  Any opinions on the books I read/didn’t read?