Ah, summer. Twelve weeks to sit on the back deck with my fresh brewed iced tea and read. No interruptions, no reading slumps, no distractions, just great book after great book as the sun shines and the soft summer breezes caress my reclining form.
Are you laughing yet? You should be. I’m pretty sure my kids, husband, house, job/s, dogs, cats, fish, and friends have other ideas. But still, fool that I am, I am making summer reading plans. Here they are:
1. Georgette Heyer
Since I started reading romance about six years ago, I’ve tried to read at least one book from all the big names. But I’ve never read a Georgette Heyer. She wrote 57 romance novels, of which I own four: Venetia (1950), The Grand Sophy (1950), Devil’s Cub (1932) and Frederica (1965). I figure I’ll start with those four, in chronological order.
2. Meljean Brook’s Guardian Series
Meljean Brook’s paranormal romance Guardian Series is coming to a close in August with Michael’s book, Guardian Demon. Eight books, plus a few shorts. I’m a little behind: have only read through book five, so this is an excellent time to re-read, catch up, and fill in those missing short stories.
3. Penhally Bay Series, Harlequin Medical
This one is work, but it’s still fun. I’m writing an essay on conceptions of medical professionalism in this sixteen book series, which is set on the Cornish coast. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to view romance through a lens of clinical ethics rather than gender. It’s one of my four projects this summer/fall. More on that in another post.
4. Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold.
I’ve owned this one in paper (bound with Barrayar) for a year. I bought it on a splendid visit to The Strand with Kristen of Fantasy Cafe during BEA last year. I keep picking it up and putting it down. I’d like to finish at least the first volume in this widely praised and beloved sci fi series.
5. Anything by Haruki Murakami.
6. E. M. Forster, Where Angles Fear to Tread.
I just read Room With A View and loved it. Since I like romantic plots, this seems a natural next step.
I think that’s as many books I should promise yet fail to read for now.
How about you? Make any summer reading plans?