Friday Fun – Summer Reading List

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: Happy first day of summer! What’s on your reading list? Does your summer reading change?

Lisa J. JacksonLisa J. Jackson: Is summer *really* here? Honest? Seemed like a long time coming! My reading does change over the summer for some reason. I give myself more freedom to  read whatever catches my eye. This year I plan to clean up a bit of my TBR pile and catch up on a couple of series I enjoy.

I have a couple of the novels in these series to read: J.D. Robb’s “In Death”; J.R. Ward’s “Black Dagger Brotherhood”;  Brett Battles’s “Jonathan Quinn”; Steve Ulfelder’s “Conway Sax,” I’d love to read a few more Walter Mosley books, and to mix things up I might add a few historical romance beach reads to my stacks.

I think it’s the longer days that inspire more ‘free’ reading for me.

headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: Happy Solstice! Today is the longest day of the year. I love it for that reason, and yet it also makes me a little sad because from here the days begin to wane as we head towards another season of harvest and hibernation. Don’t get me wrong, I love those seasons even more than summer, but I feel the same was as Lisa – like summer just got here and it’s already half over!

My reading doesn’t really change that much over the summer. I still have to make a concerted effort to fit leisure reading into my life. No school for my daughter does not, unfortunately, mean no work for me; so I’m still in full-on hustle mode. I will, however, probably get to spend at least a few days at the beach with my girl, and will get to spend at least part of those days camped out in a beach chair with a good book. We just had the annual beach picnic for the school kids in town, and I managed to finish Alice Hoffman’s book, The River King. That felt good, even if the ending was a little anti-climatic.

Next in my reading queue I’ve got Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I listened to the audio recording of the first chapter or so compliments of Audible. I’m already hooked. I have a whole bunch of samples downloaded to my Kindle and hope to find another worthy candidate among them. We’ll see.

If anyone has any good magical surrealism titles to recommend, I’d love to hear them! 

photo: M. Shafer

photo: M. Shafer

Deborah Lee Luskin: I’m still not reading fiction – it creates too much static as I continue working on my new novel – but I’m rediscovering the joy of picking books off the “New Non-Fiction” shelf at the three libraries I hold cards to, and I expect that’s what I’ll continue to do over the summer. In order to find time to read, however, I’m finding I need to have serious limits to my time on-line. I’m trying to check email and Facebook only three times a day. Ideally, I’d cut it back to two. . .


Diane MacKinnon, MD, Master Certified Life CoachDiane MacKinnon: My reading habits don’t really change over the summer. I’ve always got a couple of nonfiction books going, but the only fiction I’m reading these days are books I listen to in the car. Like Deborah, I usually just grab an (audio)book from the “New” section in my library. I often have a difficult time choosing fiction books because I usually want a guarantee that it’s going to be good before I put the time into the story, but I’ve found a way around that by grabbing whatever book catches my eye at the library (I’ve even let my son pick them randomly off the shelf)–if I don’t like it, I just stop reading it, return it, and try another one. The best book I have read so far using this random, no expectation, system is Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. I loved it and can’t wait for her next book!

hennrikus-web2Julie Hennrikus: Summer is my reading season. I balance between non-fiction (prep for teaching) and catching up with the downloads on my Kindle. I am also going to be moderating a panel at the New England Crime Bake on YA mystery fiction, so I will be delving into that genre. (I have a reading addicted niece who is pretty happy about that.) I really think I need to start listening to books–I walk a lot, and would love to “read” at the same time.


wendy-shotWendy Thomas – Summer is a time of reading for me. Lot of pool time and lots of time waiting for kids to be done with activities. On my list are:

  • A revisit to A Year in Provence – an inexpensive way to visit France
  • You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – nonfiction writing book
  • Inferno – hated the last one but liked D’Vinci Code so much I’m willing to give it a try
  • 50 Week of Green – a farmer, CSA love story with recipes, what’s not to like
  • Behind the Cloud – thoughts on running an organization in the cloud (don’t get too excited, it’s for a client)
  • The Spark – a mother’s journey saving her Autistic child
  • The Giant’s House – an up-north indie bookstore recommendation – good enough for me.

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