So, I’ve been a very naughty blogger and taken an impromptu summer break from the blogging world in the last month… Honestly, how much of a cliché can you actually be?
But I suppose it’s because summer is for relaxing and travelling and just sitting in a summer house somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no internet connection, the people you love and a nice, big pile of books, right? So, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
As I’m writing this, the situation is somewhat different – outside, the sky is a mottled grey and the rain is falling heavily for the third day in a row. The vacation is over and in just a few days, “real life” will start again with work and plans and “things to do”.
For now, though, I will do my best to hold on to a bit of the holiday magic and just write and think about all the lovely books I’ve read and acquired this summer and share them with you…
The best thing about a break is that you usually come back refreshed, relaxed and bursting with new ideas! I have worked up an archive of read books that I want to share with you, I’ve come up with some pretty fun and interesting (I hope!) ideas for different ways to share book love, and most of all, I really look forward to finally having some energy to spend on this blog and my wonderful readers!
One of the other things that summer means is that we’ve come to the half-way point of the year. As someone who likes lists and keeping track of what to read and have read (despite being quite poor at actually displaying any semblance of sticking to such lists!), that half-way point also means looking at what I want to focus on the rest of the reading year.
I usually read approximately 2 books per week and the last few years, I’ve set myself the challenge on Goodreads to read at least 100 books per year. That number works out as a nice challenge for me, but not something I have to really force myself to reach – which is the point.
A more important challenge, though, is the fact that I have some books that have been floating around on my “really, really want to read this”-list forever that I still haven’t gotten around to, and so my midyear “resolution” is to try and get around to reading the following books before the calendar reads December 31st:
“The Gormenghast Trilogy” by Mervyn Peake
“The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear” by Walter Moeys
“House of Chains” by Steven Erikson
“Deathless” by Catherynne M. Valente
The Abarat Trilogy by Clive Barker
“The Club Dumas” by Arturo Pérez-Revert
“The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey
“The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch
Welcome back to “The Girl Who Loved to Read” and happy autumn!
What about you? Was your summer filled with books as well? And do you have any books that you feel you absolutely must read before the end of the year?