Hi, everyone! A few days ago I promised to talk about my summer 2015 goals, and this is the first of four posts about my plans for the upcoming season. Today (and tomorrow) I’m talking all about books. BOOOOOOOKS. Books!
And as mentioned previously, I’m trying to set more realistic goals this summer: As much as I may want to read EVERY SINGLE BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE, that’s just not going to happen. And I need to accept that. And one way I can begin to accept that is by developing a more relaxed attitude towards reading. If reading is supposed to be fun, why am I putting so much pressure on myself to read read read ALL THE TIME?!
So this summer, I’m scaling my reading goals waaaaay back. Only three of my goals are absolutely set in stone; the rest are far more flexible. Today I’m discussing those three definite goals – tomorrow I’ll list a bunch of other possible books/series and then you can vote for the ones you think I should read!
Anyway, I need a bit of help from my readers today as well! I need some ideas as to which books I should read as part of accomplishing my definite goals. So whenever you see the phrase “Engie needs some book recs,” that means… I need book recs! And I’m counting on you peoples to help me out!
1. Reread Harry Potter (and read some related books)
I’ve been meaning to do this for the last few summers, and so far it hasn’t happened. But who knows? Maybe this year I’ll finally do it. I’m really curious to see how this particular rereading project will go, because Harry Potter was my EVERYTHING as a kid and now I’m not even in that fandom. I’m much more critical of stories now, so this should be an interesting experience… half nostalgic and half “[insert other fantasy book here] is way, way better.”
Additionally, Harry Potter and Philosophy and The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy have been sitting on my bookshelf for practically FOREVER, so I may try those books as well.
ENGIE NEEDS SOME BOOK RECS: I read Harry: A History by Melissa Anelli last summer and really enjoyed it; do you have any recommendations for similar nonfiction books about Harry Potter and/or J.K. Rowling?
2. Further explore the comic book genre
Squeeeeeee! I love comic books. I’m not picking any SPECIFIC comics to read, but I will list a few ideas. (Mostly for future!Engie to refer back to when she forgets which comics she wanted to try this summer.) I haven’t read anything about Black Widow or Thor yet, so I’d like to try some stuff. I want to read about Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. I’d like to read some stories in which Scarlet Witch and/or Quicksilver are the main characters, because I adore those two but I’ve only read about them as side characters in someone else’s story. I might try the Civil War stories, and I might finish reading the death-of-Captain-America storyline.
I’m thinking about trying some X-Men comics as well, because I’ve been watching the movies lately and I really really enjoy them. I’d like to read some Deadpool comics. And of course, I want to expand my knowledge of characters from DC Comics – Batman, the Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, et cetera.
ENGIE NEEDS SOME BOOK RECS: What are your favorite comics about the characters listed above?
3. Listen to audiobooks
I don’t often listen to audiobooks but whenever I do, I always think, “I should do this more often!” A few weeks ago my lovely friend Cait @ Paper Fury mentioned that she listened to A Game of Thrones on her iPod and… well, first, Cait, I have to commend you for BEING AWESOME and FINALLY READING THAT WONDERFUL BOOK. Anyway, I’d also like to thank her for planting the idea of audiobooks-via-iPod in my tiny fangirl brain.
I’ve transferred music from CDs to my iPod, so why not do the same thing with audiobook CDs?! It’s a much easier, more portable method of listening to audiobooks, rather than sitting right next to my CD player and not being able to, say, get up and talk a walk outside in the sunshine while I listen to a great story. So. Anyway. I borrowed a bunch of audiobooks from the library the other day! They include Where She Went by Gayle Forman, The Kill Order by James Dashner, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Winger by Andrew Smith, and Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer.
ENGIE NEEDS SOME BOOK RECS: Which of the five audiobooks mentioned above should I start listening to first?!
So, to recap what I talked about in the intro of this post: I have three definite reading goals this summer, but I could still use some help in choosing bits and pieces of those goals. I’d really appreciate it if you listed some recs in the comments section below, and… I’ll see you tomorrow! With more reading goals and more requests for recs!