A few days ago, I talked about scaling back my goals to make them realistic, not idealistic. I discussed, for example, scaling back my bookish goals and not pressuring myself to read INCESSANTLY this summer.
Yesterday, I listed my three definite reading goals! And today, I’m talking about a few other reading goals – the flexible ones.
Basically, this is a list of books I’ve been meaning to read. In years past I probably would’ve included ALL OF THEM on my to-read-this-summer list. But this year I’m not doing that! Instead, I’m going to list all of them and then…
…YOU GET TO VOTE FOR WHICH BOOKS I SHOULD READ! I’ll explain the voting process at the bottom of this post. In the meantime, I’ve listed a bunch of series/books, their authors, and a few quick comments about those books.
The Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo
- Midnight for Charlie Bone
- Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
- Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
- Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors
- Charlie Bone and the Red King
- Charlie Bone and the Beast
- Charlie Bone and the Shadow
- Charlie Bone and the Red Knight
Children’s fantasy! This looks lighthearted and fun.
The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
- City of Ashes
- City of Glass
- City of Fallen Angels
- City of Lost Souls
- City of Heavenly Fire
- Clockwork Angel
- Clockwork Prince
- Clockwork Princess
Urban fantasy? That all my friends are raving about? (The first book, City of Bones, isn’t included here because I read it last summer.)
The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and the Books of Faerie series by Maggie Stiefvater
Basically, all the Stiefvater books I haven’t yet read!
Modern Faerie Tales series and Curse Workers series by Holly Black
- White Cat
- Red Glove
- Black Heart
I LOVED Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and these look like really good urban fantasy novels! (Even if I don’t end up reading these two series, I do plan on listening to her story The Darkest Part of the Forest as an audiobook.)
Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
A YA dystopian trilogy WITH DIVERSE CHARACTERS?! Finally, a YA dystopian trilogy worth my time.
Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore
My lovely (and cute!) friend Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words loves these books. OMG YA FANTASY.
Code Name Verity series by Elizabeth Wein
- Code Name Verity
- Rose Under Fire
Stories about WWII fascinate me! And I loooove historical fiction novels with teen girls as protagonists!
Assorted Middle-Earth books by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Silmarillion
- The Children of Húrin
Because I miss Middle-earth, and I thought reading some more books about it might be a more productive use of my time than marathoning the movies.
SO! The voting process is quite simple, really: Pick one choice from each category! As you can see, I’ve organized it so that a long series is paired with another long series, a short series is paired with a short series, and so on and so forth. So, for example, if I don’t end up reading [insert long series here] this summer, I’ll just… read the other option for a long series instead!
There are just sooooo many books I want to read that sometimes I have a hard time making decisions about what to read next! So your suggestions will be MUCH appreciated – tell me which books/series you think I should read! Which books did you enjoy? Which books do you think I might enjoy most, based on what you know about my taste in books / characters / plots / et cetera?
THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME! NOW VOTE VOTE VOTE!
Oh, and… I might end up reading more books than what’s listed here? I plan to achieve my three definite reading goals (from yesterday’s post) and read four of the eight sets of books listed here. And after that? Maybe I’ll read the other sets of books that didn’t end up winning this little voting thingamajig.
Or maybe I’ll read something else entirely – after all, there are soooo many books in the world. I’d like to read a bunch of diverse books, basically, and possibly further explore the genre of classic sci fi / classic dystopian fiction? If I have enough time? And perhaps a little bit of contemporary YA, such as Sarah Dessen’s books? But like I said, that’s only if I have enough time/interest – my reading goals are really quite moderate this summer.
Which books are you planning on reading this summer? And why did you choose those particular stories?! I’d love to know, so tell me in the comments – and don’t forget to vote, please and thank you!