My dentist asked me yesterday what I was doing this summer and I told her that I had no travel plans or anything (I'm too poor right now! :), but I'm catching up with appointments, attending training and reading. She asked the next logical question which is "what do you like to read?". Do you know, I completely drew a blank-I didn't know how to answer that question. I figured out yesterday that like my tastes in music and movies, apparently I also have very eclectic tastes in books as well! Who knew! I have always read Entertainment Weekly magazine and when they give it an A and it's something I think I will like, I usually add that to my list. There are blogs or Twitter feeds where people I feel like I know offer up suggestions, sometimes I take those.
I am honestly a bit of a snob when it comes to reading. It usually takes me a while to finish a book, I read pretty slowly (my mind tends to wander sometimes). So I'm picky about what I'll take the time to read. I can't figure out Goodreads for the life of me-I'm probably doing it all wrong. But I do use it to keep track for myself of what I've read. Unless I know the person and their tastes, I usually don't go by their reviews anyway. I hate when people say "oh that didn't get good reviews"-from who though? People have such different tastes. I can usually tell by reading the summary if it's something I'll like. I like when a book is well-written (especially if I have to look up some of the words). I like suspenseful stories, but not necessarily mysteries. I love ones about dark family secrets or ones that surprise you. This one definitely surprised me! And I had even read other people talking about how surprising the ending was-but it still snuck up on me. I kind of want to read it again someday, knowing what I now know.
I think We Were Liars is also considered YA. It's a really great example of how to effectively use voice-I loved the narrator's voice. I'm still reeling a bit actually. :)
I also finished this one:
Which I think is like a fairy tale for grown-ups. The author is from Alaska so the descriptions of the setting were just amazing. Took me a little while to get through it, but it was a really beautiful story.
What are you reading this summer?