A Summer Trip to the Imagination

As a recent graduate, this summer may be my last three month block of freedom before starting my career. So this year, I’m hitting the bookshelves harder than ever before! Here are the books I’m looking forward to reading this most this summer:

The Song of Ice and Fire series, George RR Martin: With an HBO miniseries and the impending release of the fifth book, this seems like the perfect time to revisit the world of Westeros. The plot revolves around the war for the throne of the Seven Kingdoms, while up north the world faces an impending invasion from unknown supernatural evil. There’s not many fantastic creature and races, and the realistic descriptions of war and sex are stark and atypical for the genre, but that doesn’t make it any less epic or well-written.

The In Death series, JD Robb: These books are great for road trips or the beach. Set in the near future, the books focus on homicide cop Eve Dallas, her husband Roarke, and her many colleagues as they solve different murders in New York City . It’s hardly new territory, but the bitingly sarcastic humor, interesting characters, creative setting, and the romance between Eve and Roarke make for fun, engrossing, fast reads. There are currently forty books in the series, all self-contained, so take your pick!

Reykjavik 101, Hallgrimur Helgason: I’d love to spend a summer in Iceland , but for now this will have to do. Reykjavik 101 is a modern Icelandic classic about a young man approaching thirty and dealing with his dysfunctional family and stagnant life, which is shaken up when his mother introduces him to her new lesbian lover. The 2000 movie version was funny, irreverent, and thought-provoking. I hope the book will be the same!

Welcome to Temptation and Faking It, Jennifer Cruisie:These are my favorite lounging-in-the-sun books. Sisters Sophie and Amy find themselves embroiled in political scandal and possible pornography in Welcome to Temptation while their brother Davey chases his stolen fortune and woos an art forger in Faking It. And that’s just in the few couple of chapters! The writing is hilarious, the characters and plots are wildly entertaining, and the pages keep turning.

The Passage¸ Justin Cronin: Ever summer needs one big read and Cronin’s 2010 epic about the zombie apocalypse and the little girl who cannot age and may be the most important person in the world clocks in at over 1,400 pages and promises a full, self-contained horror/survival experience in one read. The Passage has received great reviews and zombies are always good antagonists, so I’ve decided this will be my summer horror experience. I can’t wait to start!