Why do people have Summer Reading lists, but not Spring, Fall or Winter reading lists? I’ve always thought Winter is the idea time for such a thing as you’re more likely to want to stay in and curl up in a soft chair. Then again, maybe most people prefer to sit around when it’s hot – I’ve come to realize that I’m rather unique in my LOVE of the heat. That said, I recently spent several hours in my local Chapter Book Store and walked away with 6 books – I guess that means I have a Summer Reading list now!
The first two are books I have previously read but loved and would gladly read over and over and over and over and over and….you get the idea. Both are Science Fiction, which does happen to be one of my all time favorite genera’s (both in books and television).
Pastwatch the Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card
I first read Pastwatch back in High School when I first discovered Orson Scott Card. Since then I have read a very large number of his books, and continue to be amazing by his writing. Of all books I’ve ever read this is one of my favorites, possibly topped only by Enders Game (also by Orson Scott Card). If you’re looking for a book that involves time travel, changing the past/future and alternate reality then this is the book for you.
Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
The first time I read Calculating God I remember being completely surprised and thrilled to find that the opening scene takes place at one of my all time favorite places – the ROM and the former Planetarium. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it never gives final answers about the big questions, it gives you thoughts and idea’s instead. I’m not going to lie, this book is right up there with Pastwatch and Enders Game.
Now we’re getting into the books I haven’t read before. Two of them are SciFi, the other two are non-fiction.
A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
Yep, you all have already seen one book by this guy on my list. As mentioned he’s one of my all time favorite authors, plus this book was only $2! It is part of the Ender Series, which started with the previously mentioned Enders Game. Just a short little side story, it will be good for a rainy evening or some other time where I know I won’t want to leave something partially unread. I’m really looking forward to it 🙂
The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton
Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I stumbled across this book I had never even heard of this Author. I’m not even sure what kind of lead up to it I should provide, so I’m not going to. If you’re interested in finding out what I’ve chosen to add to my reading list, go look it up. All I know is that it sounds fascinating and intense.
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs
A few summers ago I read The Year of Living Biblically by the same author, and I laughed so hard at times that I cried. The way this man writes is amazing, the way he lives, astounding! In this case apparently he turned his life into multiple experiments. Apparently at one point he outsources all aspects of his life to India, another time he spends a month practicing “Radical Honesty” and he even goes to the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star to see why fame has strange and warping effects. I can’t wait to read this, I truly expect I will be in stitches with tears running down my face at varying times.
Under a Green Sky by Peter D. Ward Ph.D
Okay, so all of my other books are fairly light reading, this one not quite so much. As the tag line on this books says: Global Warming, the mass extinctions of the past and what they can tell us about our future. Yep, I’m thinking this one won’t be quite so light. That said, I tend to love this kind of book because it makes me think (which SciFi does aswell), but in this case it makes me think about things as they are. My beloved SciFi makes me think, and sets my imagination on fire, but it tends to send me into imaginary futures that may or may not have a basis in our current world. Books like this ground me. I’m really hoping it will be a good read. I think I’ll save this one for a sunny day on a beach. That way even when it gets heavy, it won’t bring me down, after all, I’ll be on the beach with my toes in the sand!
Do you have a Summer Reading List? If so, what books are on it? If you don’t, why not?