Hello from sunny Santa Cruz, California, where I’m sitting on the beach, kicking summer off in style and decompressing. I’ve finished the first drafts of two 90K novels since January, so I figure I’ve earned a break!
One of the carrots I’ve been dangling to get myself through the Great Writing Marathon is an indulgent and entertaining collection of summer reads. Here’s what’s on the pile so far, in no particular order, because that’s how I intend to read them – one by one, as the mood strikes. I’m sure the stack will grow, especially after I hit my favorite indie bookstore in town later this week.
Leaving Van Gogh, Carole Wallace
Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Lish McBride
Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King
The Hunchback Assignments, Arthur Slade
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
World War Z, Max Brooks
Linger and Forever, Maggie Stiefvater
The Elegance of The Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry
Uninvited, Justine Musk
William Carlos Williams, Selected Poems
The Enemy, Charlie Higson
Jealousy, Lili St. Crow
Swan, Mary Oliver
There’s a fair amount of YA here, because I like to read it and because it’s my current writing genre, and of course there must be poetry to go with my morning coffee!
Also, you may notice that zombies have taken a bite out of my list. My fourteen-year-old and I have invited his friends to partake of a Summer Zombie Apocalypse reading club, which will culminate in a pizza/Left for Dead2 & Resident Evil 5 marathon/Shaun of the Dead viewing/vote for your favorite zombie novel party in August. No literary discussions, just trying to keep them all reading. Besides, zombie books rock.
So, what’s on your summer reading pile?