Summer is almost here! I can literally smell it when I go outside. More to the point, when my kids go outside and come in all stinky, lol. As always, I’m very much looking forward to summer vacation. While I can’t say I’ll have more time to read than I do now (gee, thanks COVID), at the very least I won’t have the stress of trying to work from home.
Typically during summer vacation I try to read at least 100 pages every day. That’s a goal I would like to set for myself this year as well. I usually read a YA series that is beloved by I never got around to. I was planning on reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, but I don’t know, I’m just not really feeling it. Maybe once summer kicks in I’ll feel more motivated, lol. I also usually try to tackle a couple of the longer books on my tbr. Last year I’d planned to read both Dune and Lonesome Dove, but found myself overwhelmed by taking three classes (because I’m an idiot). I tackled Dune in April, but Lonesome Dove is definitely on the docket for this summer. Also maybe The Rise and Fall of the D.O.D.O?
Since this is my first summer as a librarian I’ve also got a LONG list of middle-grade books to read. I’m thinking of set a one MG book a week goal? I don’t know, then I won’t get to them all. We’ll see where it goes. I live in Texas, so I’ll be reading my way through this year’s Bluebonnet Nominees. I’m really excited about A Wolf Called Wander and Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows. Also, children’s librarians, can you BELIEVE that The Strangers will be my first ever Margaret Pearson Haddix book??? I know, I KNOW.
But I think what I’m really looking forward to this summer is throwing my genre rotation out the window. Life is so ridiculous right now, things are so stressful, it just makes picking a book even harder. I’m a libra, I can barely make a decision on a good day, y’all. Add COVID in and I just can’t. Forcing myself to read in a particular genre only makes that harder.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been loving my genre rotation for the last eighteen months. I read some books that I’d been wanting to read for a long time that kept getting pushed back because I was reading so much YA and fantasy, and they were AMAZING! It’s just … life is tough right now.
So, yeah, all the rules are out the window and I am going to MOOD READ until I run out of steam! Woooooo!
I think I’m also probably going to re-read all of the romantic ewey-gooey stuff I’ve ever read. Red White & Royal Blue, probably Carry On, maybe The Hating Game. It just seems like my world really needs some happily ever after right now.
Do you have summer reading plans? Let’s talk about it in the comments! Or try convince me to read Cinder. I’m ready to be persuaded. 🙂