It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so since we are now boiling in the middle of summer, I thought why not do the Summer Reading Tag. The tag was created by booktuber Amy Jane Reads.
What three books do you want to read this summer?
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
The Iliad by Homer, trans. by Robert Fagles
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
I keep changing my mind about what I want to read next because I read according to my mood, but these three were on my summer TBR and I really would like to read or at least start them this summer. I would also like to sneak in one of Ann Brashares’s Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books, if I can. Those are perfect for the summer.
Which character most embodies the traits of summer?
Umm… I don’t have an answer for this. Instead, I’ll choose a book with a cover that makes me think of summer and that’s —
The Martian by Andy Weir
The colors on the cover make me think of summer’s heat and though the cloudiness of the colors is to illustrate the dust on Mars, it also makes me think of how humid my side of the U.S. gets in the summer.
What book do you most associate with the physicality of summer?
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series always make me think of summer. The books are set in summer and are about the wonderful friendship of four girls growing up in the Washington, D.C.,/Maryland suburbs. I’ve so far enjoyed books 1-3 and would really like to read books 4 and 5 this summer, if I can.
What kind of books do you like to read on holiday? Any books that hold memories to certain places?
There aren’t any particular books I usually read while on holiday and though I sometimes try to read books according to certain seasons, that doesn’t often work for me. I read whatever I’m in the mood for. However, I do have some books that I associate with certain places.
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
Whenever I think of Pittsburgh, these two books often come to mind. I attended a conference there about two years ago and spent all my free time reading Shadow Scale, the second novel in the Seraphina duology, a YA fantasy story about a girl who is half-dragon. I also met Mary Norris while in Pittsburgh and got her to sign my copy of her book, which I immediately began reading after completing Shadow Scale.
If you could go on holiday with any author, who would you go with and where? What would you want to know?
I don’t have an answer for this one either. If I should go on holiday, I’d rather go by myself or with people I know very well and since I’m not best friends with any authors, I can’t think of any I’d like to spend that much time with. However, I recently went on a trip for work and while away, I read these three books —
Normal by Warren Ellis
Sick by Christa Wojciechowski
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
I’m still reading Ship of Destiny and am close to the end and OMG! I wonder what is going to happen and how it’ll all wrap up. Normal is a techno-thriller story about futurists, scientists and social scientists who study and prepare for the future, who are so affected by their jobs that they often become depressed and are committed to a mental institution called Normal Head in a forest in Oregon. It’s a really good read. And while on the plane, I read Sick, which is a psychological thriller about a woman caring for her sick husband who keeps getting hurt. It was also pretty good.
What’s your book of the year so far?
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Definitely The Curse of Chalion, which I’ve mentioned and recommended many times on here since completing it. I really liked the story, how the characters developed, and how the plot progressed. And yes, I highly recommend it to those who love fantasy.
How did you spend your summer holidays as a child?
I would travel to the U.S. to visit my parents, which was always fun, and I’d go to work with my mom, who was nanny back then, which I always thought was cool because the houses she worked at were always huge and the kids always had lots of toys and candy and Disney movies and BOOKS! So I’d run around indulging in them all. I always thought those big houses meant the people my mom worked for were super rich but now I realize they were middle-class family homes.
What are your plans this summer?
Chill. Read. Hang with the fam. Save. Exercise. Do what I like. Blog. Sleep. Movies. Draw. Tour. Daydream.