Summer Reading Update and Finalized Book List
Back in early May I started thinking about what I was going to read this summer. I had intended to make it like my list from last year, which covered a variety of genres from romance to biography. I created last year’s list based on book recommendations and books I had always wanted to read, but never did. I’ve been keeping a running list of books I want to read over the past year, but being unemployed for four months helped me read through my list pretty quickly, and now I’m facing the summer without a set list.
A few weeks ago, I came across Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’s Sizzling Summer Book Club and I decided to join the fun. The first book, One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare, is going to be talked about in a few weeks. I’m reading it now, and hopefully I’ll share my thoughts here.
The book club gave me an idea of trying to branch out a little in romance reading as I’ve always stuck to historicals, mostly of the regency variety, and Nora Roberts. I rarely read much beyond that. In looking for more books to read, I came across All About Romance. They have a great blog, but what I got most excited about was their poll, done in 2007 of the Top 100 Romances. I started looking over the list and realized I’ve read 24 of them already. I think that almost a quarter isn’t too bad, and that I could easily read (or at least make a huge dent) in reading the rest. So that became the focus of my summer reading list. Since finding the list early last week, I’ve read 3 and ordered a bunch from PaperBackSwap and the library. I read pretty quickly, so I have no worries about plowing through a good bit of the list. I have very strong opinions on what makes a good romance novel, but I’m interested to see what other people think are the best. As the summer progresses, I’ll share my thoughts and my progress.
Other than tackling 75 romances plus the book club selections I’m also hoping to read the following books:
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (which I started last summer and never finished)
I think that’s plenty! It’s a good thing I love to read! Check out my new Summer Reading page to keep track of what I’ve read!