Summer Reading

I have no idea why, but I get the idea every summer that I am going to tear through a pile of books. Weeding, chasing my children, commitments, excessive knitting and sewing, etc. all suck up so many free hours, so sadly I usually only get about a quarter of the way through my list.

But hey, I don't let this reality stop me. I make my list and envision myself sitting on the chaise on my deck, reading in the shade. Because in my imagination, my life is way less chaotic.

Here is the 2012 Summer Reading Dream Team:

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
A contemporary look at the lives of average North Korean citizens over a 15 year period.
This book is actually Alex's pick for our book club. Everyone who has started it says it is amazing so I can't wait to get going on it this week.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Vampires, witches, demons, time-travel, and genetics. 
This new book isn't released until July 10. I recently finished the first book in this trilogy called "A Discovery of Witches" and it hooked me enough to want to find out what happens next.

Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
A mostly true, and hilarious memoir.
Jenny Lawson (better known as The Bloggess) has been cracking me up online for quite a while now. I am so excited to read chapters like "My Childhood: David Copperfield Meets Guns & Ammo Magazine".

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
A wager makes the stuffy Phileas Fogg have an adventure.
A classic I've never read. Need to make time for this one from the Godfather of Steampunk.

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett
Autobiography of Carol Burnett.
I love Carol Burnett. And I love reading about old Hollywood.

Where Women Create: Book of Organization by Jo Packham
Does what is says on the tin, organizational ideas for the crafty gal.
This is fodder for the craft-room I am manifesting.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
Do I really have to tell you what this one's about?
No, I've never read any of these. (I can hear your gasp through the interwebs) I saw the first movie though and found it seriously charming. I would like to get through this entire series at some point.

I'm stopping here...past experience tell me there is no need to overdo it. This is usually one of the books in my hands:

What are you planning to read?



  1. LOL! I'm not gasping...I've never read any of the Harry Potter books either! (No Hunger Games either..or Twilight). What a great idea to make a summer reading list..I need to start one!
    I love Carol Burnett, too! I remember watching her show when I was a kid and laughing so hard!
    Take care!

  2. @Angela: Oh good! I feel better now that I am not the only person who hasn't read the Harry Potter series! Thanks for making me feel normal :)