At the start of the summer (around the end of May,) I started accumulating a stack of books that I wanted to read over the summer. As a student, I find that I have little to no time during the semester to read for pleasure. As an English major, I find that I have almost no desire to read for pleasure during the semester, as I am inundated with mandatory reading lists and other such titles to devour during the school year.

image shows books stacked on top of one another, the titles of the books are: Tarkin, the Goldfinch, Ecstasy, the Last of the Wine, Feck Perfunction, Ithaca, Timefulness, Master & Apprentice, and Circe
The initial “reading list” sans Spying on Whales, which I was reading at the time.

Like many other book fanatics, I often find that I collect more books than I actually end up reading. Many trips to Barnes&Noble, the Strand, or other indie bookstores usually result in my walking out with an armload of books and my wallet (and often, my mother) going “are you kidding me?”

But, I was and am determined to devour a fair chunk of my “reading list” for the summer. Progress so far has been great! The only issue…is that I keep adding to my list.

At the start of the summer, I had about nine or so books that I really wanted to read. Of course, I went to Barnes&Noble, and you can imagine what happened next.

Yes, I got more books.

But! Since this “initial” list, I have not only acquired more books (oops,) but I have also torn through this stack like nobody’s business. Out of the nine books shown above, I’ve read six of them. And I have managed to read even more than just those; from May 21 to today, I have read ten books. Ten books over the course of 27 days translates to one book almost every three days. Yeesh.

The ten books that I have consumed thus far are:

  • Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson
  • Tarkin by James Luceno
  • Timefulness by Marcia Bjornerud
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang
  • Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt
  • Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
  • Feck Perfunction by James Victore
  • The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  • Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

This is also the order in which I read these books starting from May 21. If you would like to read the reviews for these books, head on over to my Goodreads page!

Beyond the books listed above, I still have a half-full tote bag of books to read plus two books that I’m forcing my family to read for our family vacation (Solovyov and Larionov by Eugene Vodozlakin and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon, if you were wondering.)

So the idea of my “summer reading list” was more of a…jumping-off point than a concrete list, let’s say. Doubtless I’ll read a handful more books before the summer is over, and I’ll write about them until kingdom come (regardless of whether or not anyone reads what I write or cares that I write it.)


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