Self-Imposed Summer Reading List

29 06 2011

This year, it is time for round 2 of my summer reading list.  It’s time for another try at reading and blogging consistently.  The goal? Read all 15 books on my list before the summer ends.  When does summer end?  Let’s say Labor Day, but as long as it’s finished before I get a full-time job, that works for me.  I’ll be blogging about the books as I finish them.  Many of the titles on this list are books I’ve been meaning to tackle but just haven’t made time for.  But, as they often say, the time is now!


  1. The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1) by DJ MacHale (fantasy)
  2. Moon Over Manifest by Clare VanderPool (award winner)
  3. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (mystery)
  4. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (realistic fiction)
  5. George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy & Stephen Hawking (sci-fi)


  1. Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Beals (non-fiction)
  2. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (fantasy)
  3. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Vol 1, The Pox Party by MT Anderson (historical fiction)
  4. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (award winner)
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (classic)


  1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (mystery)
  2. The Instructions by Adam Levin (literary fiction)
  3. Stitches by David Small (memoir)
  4. The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner (non-fiction, in honor of my trip to Galapagos this fall)
  5. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card (fantasy)



One response

8 07 2011

Oooh, you are in for a treat with The Penderwicks and The Wee Free Men! Love those books. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on Moon Over Manifest- I keep meaning to read it, but can’t commit, somehow. I’ve heard it’s wonderful!

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