Thursday, August 9, 2012

Summer Reading 2012

I incorrectly assumed that once I had a baby, I would have no personal time. On the contrary, because we are home most evenings, life has slowed down considerably! He goes to bed around 8 every night and I stay up too late knitting or spinning or reading. On the weekends, we are home and I can fiddle around with my hobbies while he plays.

Blogging hasn't been a very high priority, mostly because I've been caught up in Ravelry, where I can share all of my knitting and spinning adventures. I also joined the Ravelry Book Club in January and have found some great books and participated in good discussion. My wonderful husband gave me a Kindle Fire for Mother's Day and I while I nurse or pump, I like to read. I've also been listening to lots of audio books during my commute. Here's my list for summer (and maybe spring too?):

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
11/22/1963 by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Little Bee by Chris Cleve (in progress)

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
UR by Stephen King
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
The Uninvited by Tim Wynn Jones
Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson
Once Upon a List by Robin Gold
13 1/2 by Nevada Barr

Of these, I would say that Grossman's novels and Under the Dome were my very favorites. Each created exceptionally detailed worlds. Under the Dome was a torturous, gut wrenching story stuffed with detail. King created his own world, so many characters, but each had so much character, it was not confusing - you came to feel like a part of Chester's Mill. The Magician novels created an adult kind of magic, a grown up Narnia. The characters faced real growing up issues and didn't always make the best decisions which made the stories compelling.

13 1/2 was one of those creepy suspense thrillers that I read in two days because I just had to know how it ended.

The library's digital collection is just about my favorite thing in the world these days and I encourage anyone with an ereader to take advantage of it!