questionswhat's on your summer reading list?

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This summer I will seek out Southern chick lit by Karen White, just finished "The Beach Trees", currently reading "The Color of Light". "Under the Dome" also calls my name, love Stephen King.

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just finished 20,000 leagues under the sea. Currently reading Catch 22 and Jurrassic Park. Later I plan to move on to some vintage Sci-fi and maybe hit a classic before summer is up, maybe wind in the willows.

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The back of a Fruity Pebbles box.

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Finally starting to get to Guy Gavriel Kay's "River of Stars", and loving it so far. A great mix of history (the world it's set in draws heavily on China around the time of the Mongol invasion), a little fantasy (but not too much...there's the occasional supernatural event but they're only secondary to the plot so far) and a great story.

Actually, I recommend just about everything this guy's ever written, especially for people who are frustrated waiting for the latest "Song of Ice and Fire" or "Kingkiller" book to come out and want some great single volume stuff. His "Tigana"'s a great starting point for him.

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I just finished Fight Club the book, and am currently working through "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm." It is an incredibly long book and its taken me about 3 weeks to get a third of the way through. After that I'd like to give one of Hemmingway's books a try.

I just realized my wishlist for books stretches about 3 pages. I find books I want to read faster than I can read them.

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Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen C.1530-1603

Not exactly light reading, but it's relatively short for a history book and I've been really interested in her story since reading the historical fiction Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas years ago.

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@csunwold: For Whom the Bell Tolls will tear out your insides. Beautiful book.

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Reading is purely relaxation for me. Every morning on the weekends I retire to my swing under the tree with my dog, my cat, some cookies, some hot tea and a book. Even if I have a busy day ahead I will get up extra early for my reading time. I used to read books that were more challenging, but for now I just want to sink into someplace interesting with agreeable people I like spending time with and go on an adventure. I have been reading lot of YA fiction of late. I have also been reading much "girlier" books than is my wont. I ordered 15 books on Abebooks.com last week and they started trickling in just in time. This is what I am planning to read this summer so far:

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The latest book in the Infernal Devices series. Continuing on with the Weather Warden series. Starting the Heirs of Alexandria, the Darkest Powers, the Mistborn Trilogy and Outcast Season series. Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Mayberry. Full Dark, No Stars and Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King. Dispatch by Bentley Little. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The Devil’s Footprints by Amanda Stevens. The Magister series and Dominion by CS Friedman. If I come across it I’d like to read Joyland by Stephen King and The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderōz by Dan Simmons. I just finished Soulless, a Victorian steampunk book which proved too precious for me to continue the series.

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Right now I am reading The Human Division by John Scalzi and really enjoying it. I love the whole series.

Next up (in no particular order): Broken Angels and Woken Furies by Richard K Morgan, The Day by Day Armageddon series, Zone One and World War Z (zombies, zombies and more zombies).

Probably going to read Joyland now, thanks for the recommendation.

More books I am planning to read: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, Divergent by Roth, The Forever War by Haldeman, The Demolished Man, The Diamond Age, We by Yevgeny

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I love detective fiction~anyone else?

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@gigi889: Me too!

Here are some of my favorite detective novels that you might not have read: Anonymous Rex and the rest of the rex series, the robot novels by asimov, Altered Carbon,

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@gigi889: I haven't read much of it, but I have a bunch of McBain novels on my Kindle from a sale over a year ago. What I have read, I've liked.

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I think I've rounded up all the John Sandford novels; Lucas Davenport, Virgil flowers, Kidd. I'm reading them in order. Just finished Madeleine Albright's "Madam Secretary." Took me a long time to finish that.

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@portezbie: Just downloaded a special from Amazon, Hercule Poirot. It's been a long time since I've read those. Think I might pick up a few Nero Wolf, too. The only problem with the old mysteries is there weren't any cell phones or computers.

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I've downloaded so many free and inexpensive eBooks (mostly from DW post suggestions) that I will never catch up with them! (Am I the only one who sneaks in a quick read on my smart phone while pretending to be busy with something important? Easier to get away with than pulling out my Kindle.) Nothing specific on my summer schedule, but I rotate between fantasy, some sci-fi and mystery (with some YA stuff tossed in, too). Not a fan of romance novels (I like to say that I have SO MUCH romance in my daily life that I just don't need to read about it. Yeah. Right.)

For light reading I love Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum books. I can whiz through one in a few hours if I don't make myself slow down, but they are fun and funny. And, although I'm not a fan of Nora Roberts' books, I enjoy her J.D. Robb series.

Actually, it's about time for me to swing back to a good fantasy series. Good suggestions posted here! I'll look for some of these!

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Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and a poetry book whose name/author escapes me. That could make it tough...

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Same thing thats on my regular list...nothing!

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@portezbie: Will check out the Rex series, thanks for the suggestion,

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@curli76: Have read that series and loved it. Was also a tv show for awhile.

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@belyndag: It's only kinda fantasy, kinda sci-fi, kinda mythology, but if you want a memorable and meaty read, I suggest Dan Simmons Illium and Olympos. Simmons writes some epic stuff. My favorite of his novels is closer to home, a "boy's life" horror story set in the small town where he grew up. Summer of Night is one of those books I go back and re-read every few years. It's on my "trapped on a desert island" short list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilium_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_Night

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@moondrake: Going to check out Summer of Night. I also have the Hyperion Cantos on my reading list.

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@portezbie: Hyperion was my introduction to Simmons, and it was a mind blowing read. Simmons is an amazing writer, although I sometimes have trouble getting engrossed in his books as his characters are often difficult to identify with. That's one of the main reasons why I like Summer of Night so well. I was about the same age as the characters when the book is set and living near there, that world and those kids are so familiar to me. Aside from being a girl, I was those kids. It makes the book very personal for me. It's the same as with To Kill a Mockingbird, it's set earlier than my time, but I summered in Alabama as a kid and the characters, tone and setting of that book were very familiar to me.

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Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" when it arrives in my mailbox in a few days. Also rereading the entire Sandman series. I don't only read Gaiman. It's just a coincidence that i'm reading a bunch of him right now.

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Just finishing Walden, have about a third to go on David Copperfield (and even that third is a dang lot of pages for me). Also curious as to where to go next. I plan on reading Hemingway for the first time—the brevity is appealing (particularly after Thoreau's elaborate prose and Dickens's getting paid by the word).

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@fifthdream: Awesome! I just started reading Neil Gaiman's new book as well. He is an amazing writer.

Enjoy the Sandman series, it is one of the best things I think I have ever read.

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@dupedyetagain: my favorite author. I have a first print of every one of his books. SAR is tremendous. FWTBT is great. Farewell to Arms is my second favorite.

I'm finishing From Dawn to Decadence (history from 1500 to present of the western world). Next up is The Great War and Modern Memory or The Oddyssey or maybe return to some Hemingway or some Eggers or... Why isn't the summer longer? Not like it would give me more time to read -- I'm a stay-at-home dad and have almost no time to read except while camping (2 weeks this summer).

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@gigi889: So long as it's older...Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, etc....

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Anyone who has NOT read Philip Roth is doing themselves a MAJOR disservice.

Our Gang is FANTASTIC political satire.
The Great American Novel is perhaps the best book ever written.
Patrimony is as exposed and emotional as a book can be.

And I haven't even mentioned the incomparable Zuckerman books.....