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what I wish I could read this summer…

This post could also be titled “procrastinating” or “my usual m.o.” or “how I keep myself sane by wasting time.” Because this is the sort of thing I tend to do when I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the things I need to get done. And in this instance, by “this is the sort of thing” I mean making a list of all the series I wish I could read, reread, or reread the beginning and then finish this summer. Why exactly I’m thinking in terms of series, I cannot exactly say, but it seems to be the case that whenever I start daydreaming about summer reading this year it seems to be in terms of series. (And yes, I’m using the term “series” very loosely.)

*Series I’d like to read for the first time this summer:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Gaither Sisters series by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Feed series by Mira Grant
  • Howl’s Castle series by Diana Wynne Jones
  • African Immortals series by Tananarive Due
  • The Tiffany Aching series from Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  • Patternist series by Octavia E. Butler
  • The Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris
  • The Marti McAlister Mysteries by Eleanor Taylor Bland

*Series I’d like to reread this summer:

  • The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

*Series I’d like to reread the books I’ve already read and then finish reading the series:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Fables by Bill Willingham,
  • The Dark Tower by Stephen King
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (yep, using “series” very loosely)
  • The Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale

*Series I’d like to finish but don’t necessarily need to reread the ones I’ve already read:

  • The Parasitology series by Mira Grant
  • The Casson Family series by Hilary McKay
  • The Harriet Vane books by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Jay Porter series by Attica Locke

*Series that aren’t finished (to my knowledge) that I’d like to get caught up on:

  • Skip•Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura
  • Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Pretty damn sure I couldn’t read all that in all the summers I have left in my life. But the way I look at it, the point of book lists is to fantasize and dream big. 🙂  Do me a favor and don’t tell me about any series that really need to be added to my list there, okay? Hey, or better yet, DO TELL ME. Especially if you have suggestions for series by diverse authors, as I notice my balance is seriously skewed. 😦  Okay well, I guess I really should stop procrastinating now, huh…



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6 thoughts on “what I wish I could read this summer…

  1. Yay more summer reading! I still have to read the African Immortals series too! Hmm try Older’s Rumba Street series, maybe Jemisin’s Fifth Season, the 2nd books.comes out August. I’ve heard good things about Walter Moseley’s noir crime series. The Princeless comics, not ownvoice, but still good.


    1. Oooh, thanks Bina! I’ve never heard of the Rumba Street series, so I shall be off to look into that immediately. And you know, I’m not sure why I haven’t read N.K. Jemisin yet–I love fantasy but still sort of feel like a newbie so I’m easily intimidated. But everyone says her books are so utterly wonderful so I know I really do need to dive in. 🙂

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      1. I loved Jemisin’s Inheritnce trilogy, think Eva recommended it to me, and fell into fantasy 🙂 I prefer a women of color, social justice angle, and have gotten better at reading fantasy and following the often comple worldbuilding. Patience and finding my corner helped 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy her works, think she’s also written short stories, if you want to dip your toe in!


    1. You know it sort of makes me sad, but I haven’t been able to make myself want to read those books. I’ve no idea why, as I’m sure they’re as wonderful as everyone says they are. Maybe I’m just daunted by the overwhelming amount of pages that series represents. Feel free to pester me if you think I’m making a big mistake here. 🙂


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