Monday, April 19, 2010

The 2010 EW Summer Books Challenge



Ever the temptress, that Julie at Booking Mama! But sometimes, even when you are not accomplishing goals as you should be, you must say "yes" one more time!

Most of you probably know I am a big fan of Entertainment Weekly, and recently they came out with their list of 18 book they can't wait to read this summer. Now if that isn't a ready-made reading challenge, I don't know what is! And Julie seized the day and made it her own.

I won't go into all the details (see Julie's link above for the nitty gritty), but suffice it to say, the list is undeniably juicy:



THIS BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George (April 20)

HALF LIFE by Roopa Farooki (April 27)

GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok (April 29)

THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE by Julie Orringer (May 4)

THE LAST STAND by Nathaniel Philbrick (May 4)

SLOW LOVE: HOW I LOST MY JOB, PUT ON MY PAJAMAS AND FOUND HAPPINESS by Dominique Browning (May 9)

WAR by Sebastian Junger (May 11)

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST by Stieg Larsson (May 25)

THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by Aimee Bender (June 1)

THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER by Stephenie Meyer (June 5)

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin (June 8)

SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta (June 9)

THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR by Allegra Goodman (July 6)

LUCY by Laurence Gonzales (July 13)

RED HOOK ROAD by Ayelet Waldman (July 13)

I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME by Per Pettersson (August 3)

YOU LOST ME THERE by Rosecrans Baldwin (August 12)

MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (August 24)


OK, so the Elizabeth George novel and the Stieg Larsson novel (both in audio format) are already ordered from the library. And I don't know too many breathing humans that won't be reading the third installment of the Hunger Games trilogy Mockingjay. And Nathanial Philbrick, the genius who wrote Mayflower? And another Per Patterson? Why not?

I'm going to dip my toe into the water and commit to three books (level Polliwog), but may have to over-achieve when the time comes. The challenge runs from May 1 through September 6.

It's going to be a GREAT SUMMER! Who wants to join the fun?



14 comments:

Julie P. said...

YAY! I'm really glad you joined because you are one of my favorite bloggers and I respect your opinion! It is a great list (and I love that you called me a temptress!)

bermudaonion said...

Yay! You're doing it too. I think it's going to be fun!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Well I'm definitely going to read the Elizabeth George book but I already follow the series, and I agree, how can you pass up another Nathaniel Philbrick? And I will be on tenderhooks until I read Mockingjay. I've already read the Larsson. So maybe I should just join! :--)

Lauren said...

I'm finally reading Hunger Games! I'm going to be obsessed, aren't I?

Melody said...

Those are great list! Have fun reading, Sandy!

Kathleen said...

I'm excited about the new Junger book too but there are so many on the list that I would love to read. It's definitely going to be a GREAT summer.

Darlene said...

Good luck Sandy! I'm really leaning towards joining as well although I really shouldn't with all the challenges I'm already trying to do. lol.

farmlanebooks said...

There are some great books on that list!

I think The Passage is going to be one of the biggest books of the year - I'm looking forward to reading it.

I'm sure I'll be reading Mockingjay too!

Good luck with the challenge!

Anna said...

Have fun! This sounds like a great challenge, but I have too much on my plate already. I'm looking forward to Mockingjay for sure!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Beth F said...

I will be joining this week.... sigh.

Jenners said...

I don't see this. I don't see this. I don't see this.

Iliana said...

That is a great challenge. I know I'm looking forward to the Stieg Larsson, Per Petterson and Suzanne Collins books! I probably won't join though because I'm always so behind on reading the current books. I don't know how that happens!

Anyway have fun and keep us posted!

Alice Teh said...

I saw this challenge on a couple of other book blogs. Have fun with it! I can't wait to read MOCKINGJAY!

Stephanie said...

THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE sounds like a great read!