Does that make me a hypocrite?
I loved reading when I was a kid. I owned well over 100 Baby Sitters Club books, but once I outgrew those I kind of lost my love for reading. I got into some Christian fiction when I was in middle school and high school and would read those over the summer, but I never found anything that I just really enjoyed. During the school year I was too consumed with the required readings for my classes that I didn't have any time to read for pleasure anyway.
The same was true in college, but at least being an El. Ed. major I got to read a lot of neat children's literature. I'm pretty sure the only books I read for my own enjoyment during my college years were the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and He's Just Not That Into You.
A couple summers ago my friend loaned me Confessions of a Shopaholic and I fell in love with that series! For the first time since I was a kid, I actually found myself choosing a book over TV! I zipped through all of the books from that series that were out in one summer. I settled upon the fact that I like slightly fluffy, girly books that are just plain fun to read. You know, the kind of books that you want to read on a summer day out by the pool...
So, as summer is approaching I'm coming up with a list of books that I'd like to read. We've got a few great used bookstores that I'm hoping to hit up for the ones I don't already have. When Borders when out of business last year I was able to grab a few that I'd wanted, so that was a plus!
- The Hunger Games series - I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority that haven't read or seen the movie yet. I hear these are a quick read, so I'm hoping to make it through at least the first book by the time the movie hits DVD and my Netflix queue.
- Something Blue - I read Something Borrowed last fall when the DVD showed up from Netflix and I realized I'd never read the book. I pushed myself through the book before I'd let myself watch the movie. (I'm just like that sometimes.) I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and have decided I want to read the sequel as well. (I think there's a chance this one is going to be turned into a movie as well.)
- The Gatecrasher / Sleeping Arrangements / Cocktails For Three - I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella's books and she also writes under the name Madeline Wickham. (I feel like one of those is her real name, but I can't remember which one.) I've never read any of her Madeline Wickham books, but I expect I'll like them as well. I think all three of these were Borders clearance finds that I grabbed last year and never got around to reading last summer. I'm hoping to get through at least one or two this year.
- The Help - Yes, once again, I haven't seen the movie or read the book yet. I have a thing about reading books before watching movies (if I think I'll actually like the book). This one probably tops the priority list over The Hunger Games.
- The Nanny Diaries - I honestly was never all that interested in this movie (do you see a trend with my books?), but I found this book for $1 last year and decided to pick it up. I spent a good chunk of my teenage and college years babysitting for a living, so I thought this might be a fun read.
I highly doubt I'll make it through all of these books this summer... I'm planning on working part-time, maybe doing summer school, moving, and possibly traveling, but I do hope that I can make it through a few. I love sitting out on the porch on a summer day reading a good book, even if it's just a chapter or two a day!
What books are you hoping to read this summer?
Any good recommendations for me?!? :)