20 Books of Summer!

So as my life as been taken over by work, my normally very organized reading schedule has spiraled out of control.  This was mainly due to the fact that I just could not make it to the library regularly.  In the end, I did something I have done only rarely throughout my years:  I returned ALL my library books!

Consequently, my focus has been on books that I already own – and there are plenty from which to choose!  In the last couple of weeks I’ve read Cynthia Voigt’s “Tales of the Kingdom” trilogy, Trenton Lee Stewart’s “Benedict Society” books, and am now working my way through a slew of Dee Henderson books in anticipation of reading an ARC of her latest, Threads of Suspicion.  It’s totally different from the haphazard way that I’ve been jumping around over the last year or so, and in some ways it has been really enjoyable.  But I had also forgotten the pleasure of just sitting and reading straight through a series.

But I only have two weeks left at work (YAY!) and what better way to get back in the reading groove than to participate in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge with Cathy over at 746Books??  You can read the details about her challenge here.

My list will depend a bit on how much reading I get done over the next couple of days, as the challenge does not officially begin until June 1, but here is my tentative list…

  • Unspoken; Undetected; Taken; Traces of Guilt; Sins of the Past; and Threads of Suspicion – all by Dee Henderson.  I’m basically reading all of her “stand-alone” novels right now, as they all actually have interconnecting characters.  The library has all of these available as ebooks, so they’ve been great for the busy time when I can’t get to the library.  Threads of Suspicion is a review for the publisher, so I’m hoping to get to it before the end of June.  These are all thrillers with a big dash of romance – some more romance than thriller, I’m afraid.  But Henderson does an excellent job working religion into her books with natural conversations between her characters, and I love that she is unafraid to tackle some big God questions rather than just mouthing platitudes.  All that to say that I’ve been enjoying revisiting some of her books, and delving into the ones that I haven’t ever read.
  • The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart – rereading the Benedict Society books (which I love) reminded me to see if Stewart had written anything else recently – and he had!  I splurged and bought this one new.  If nothing else, Little & Brown does such a beautiful job binding these books that they are a joy to have on the shelves.
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman – for a few years now, I’ve subscribed to a monthly subscription box called Cairn that sends hiking gear every month.  It’s been super fun and I’ve gotten a lot of nifty stuff, but let’s be real:  what with this house and everything going on, we just aren’t hitting the trail as often as we used to.  So when Cairn announced that they would be raising their prices, I decided that I was ready to let that one go.  But getting a box every month is so much fun!  So, of course, I turned to book subscriptions instead…  for the price of my Cairn subscription, I’m actually getting two book boxes.  Girl Out of Water is my first arrival from The Book Drop, which is the simplest kind of book box: they send you a book!  Currently, I’m trying the YA subscription box, but I may actually switch to the Children’s box later.  It’s month-to-month, so you’re allowed to switch it up (or even put your subscription on hold for a month or two).  They also have the “Jane” box which is mostly woman’s fiction, and the “Ernest” box, which is mysteries and thrillers (and also sounds fun).  Anyway, if I’m honest, Girl Out of Water doesn’t sound like a book I’m going to enjoy (any time the synopsis involves the phrase “Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater…” I begin to wonder…), but sometimes it’s good to jump out of my comfort zone and at least give something new a chance.

The rest of my list is comprised of random titles from the TBR, which has grown significantly since I haven’t been getting to the library…

  • Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer
  • Woman With a Gun by Phillip Margolin
  • Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux
  • Water Song by Suzanne Weyn
  • What Lies Within by James Morris

All in all, I’m excited not just about reading, but about trying to get back into a good blogging groove.  I’ve got a whole stack of books that at least deserve a paragraph of recognition, and maybe sometime soon I’ll do an April/May combined Rearview, since I never did get around to wrapping up April.

In the meantime, I’ll leave with you with a Paisley picture, because she is cuter than ever…


Happy Reading!!!