Most summer reading lists consist of new books. Mine is a little different, because there are only a couple of new releases (so far).
I never used to have a reading list. I used to just read any book that sounded good. But as I get older I find that there are more and more books that I want to read, and before long there is a list. Maybe it’s because I don’t read as fast as I used to. I usually read about 40 to 45 books a year, and there are a lot of interesting books out there.
Whatever the reason, my summer book list seems to grow every day. Here’s what’s on my reading list so far.
The Percy Jackson Series
My son is a huge fan of these books – he wears a Camp Half-Blood t-shirt almost every day – and I started reading these books for him. It’s worked out well, too. I read every evening before bed, and every morning he crawls into bed with me to ask what happened in the book the night before. The books are good, too. Not as good as Harry Potter, but what is? There are five books in the series and I just finished the fourth one.
After the second Percy Jackson book I read Howard Stern’s Private Parts, and after I complete the series I plan to read Miss America. It’s interesting going from Percy Jackson to Howard Stern, like going from Kool-Aid to whiskey. But it’s a nice change. What’s most interesting is to read about how much Stern loved his wife, knowing that he is now divorced and remarried. Shows how anybody’s life can change unexpectedly. Overall I found Private Parts entertaining and funny, though parts of it made me cringe (as it was designed to do). I assume Miss America will be similar.
The new titles on my summer book list are John Grisham’s Calamino Island and John McEnroe’s But Seriously. I love John Grisham, especially his early novels, and read everything he writes. And I liked John McEnroe’s previous book, You Can’t Be Serious, so I think I’ll like this one.
Other books on my list include Stephen King’s Joyland and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter. If I have any time left over I’ll tackle To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Each is a great summer read and I try to read them every two or three years.
That’s my summer reading list (unless I add more, which is bound to happen). Not a whole lot currently on the bestseller list, but I think I’ll be entertained.