Saturday, May 9, 2009

Summer Reading List (WIP)

As I look desperately toward Thursday, when I can move out of the tiny oven that is my dorm room, I am thinking about all the lovely things I'll have time to do this summer.  Like read things I want to, instead of textbooks and political treatises.  Below is a list of books I plan on reading, in no particular order. 

1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (seen it on a lot of people's lists).

2) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (ditto, even though I am skeptical about zombie books).

3) Maximum Ride series by James Patterson (I get deeper and deeper into kid's lit; this is a series a lot of Percy Jackson fans seem to enjoy; I'll give it a chance).

4) Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (saw it a year or so ago at the library, had a cool cover and fantastical inside flap; I am sold).

5) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (first saw it on Agent Kristin Nelson's blog, as she is the agent for it; then saw it on display at Borders; is about Chinese and Japanese people, WWII, and magnificent love story = winner).

6) The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (own all of her Tudor books, love Mary Queen of Scots; instant fav).

Those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head.  I'm excited to read all of them, but Un Lun Dun sounds particularly appealing because it is a high fantasy (ish), and it doesn't sound cliche at all.  If anyone has some other good fantasy suggestions, please speak up.  I will love you dearly.  I think if I plan on writing a high fantasy, I need to read some more high fantasies.  It's only fair, for research purposes.

(I'm finally signed up for that summer creative writing course, and I am obscenely excited.  I'm so lame.)

Other suggestions would be welcome too.  Summer is a long time.  Need lots of books.

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