Have you planned your summer vacation?
Is the yard ready for outdoor entertaining? Gardening nearly done?
Good. The longer, more leisurely days of summer might afford you more time to read.
WAIT! Is your summer reading list ready? WHAT? You mean you have stacks of books all over your bedroom and your office and your living room? Oh, no! You’ve overloaded your eReader? How WILL you decide what to read this summer? YIKES!
Don’t panic. You can do this. We’re only two weeks into summer. Still plenty of time to prepare your list. Here we go.
1. Sort your TBR pile: Take a look at each title and decide whether it’s a book you want to read…ever. Create new piles: Keep, but read later; Give away; Top ten to read now.
2. Choose your genres: What are your go-to reads when you settled down in your hammock or stretch out on the beach? Chick-lit, romance, short stories, maybe a cozy mystery?
3. How much time do you have? As of today, there are officially 11 weeks of summer left; 8 weeks, if you consider Labor Day the end of your summer. Do you read a book a week, a book a month? Faster, slower? Don’t let anyone judge you on your pace but, do use it to figure out how many books should be in your Summer TBR Pile.
4. Check your favorite author’s titles: Have you read everything your favorite author wrote? Check his/her website or Amazon for more titles.
5. Destination or activity specific: Pick up a book that relates to your new passion. Maybe you’re planning to learn to grow herbs, travel to Alaska, or speak French.
6. Top ten pile: Only have 3 in your top ten pile? Maybe you just need a new mix of books. Visit Goodreads for recommendations on new books. You can find reviews there, too.But the best way to find new books to read is to ASK YOUR FRIENDS!
Let’s have a summer reading round-up! Please offer your recommendations for this summer’s reading in the comments section. Here are several of mine:
Anything by these traditionally published best-selling authors:
Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, James Rollins, Daniel Silva, Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver
For Women’s Fiction and Romance:
Luanne Rice, Kristin Hannah, Barbara Delinsky, Christina Dodd, Barbara Freethy
Try some best-selling Indie Authors:
- CJ West, Thrillers
- Diana Murdock, YA Paranormal, Romance
- Steena Holmes, Women’s fiction, romance
- Elena Welch-Aitken, Women’s fiction, romance
- Jillian Dodd, YA Romance
- Diane Capri, Smart Thrillers, Suspense
- Bette Lee Crosby, Mystery/romance/general fiction
- Angela Wallace, Fantasy/Paranormal
- Matthew Merrick, Fantasy
- Kent Travis, Christian Non-Fiction
- Lani Wendt-Young, YA Urban Fantasy
- Tracey Garvis-Graves, Women’s fiction, romance
- Patricia Sands, Women’s Fiction
- Amy Shojai, Pet Care Non-Fiction
- Naomi Bulger, General fiction
I could go on, but it’s your turn.
Lets load up the comments with tons of great books to read!
What are YOU reading and what authors can you recommend?
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