Now that we're all allowed to wear white without fear of being pulled over by the fashion police, we figured it was time to share our summer reading list.
It's sort of like Oprah's Favorite Things, only with books and minus all of the free stuff. Ok, fine, it's not like Oprah's Favorite Things at all, but you have to admit that made a good hook, right?
Ok, moving right along, here's a little preview of books we can't wait to get our little hands on this summer:
1. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
(August 11, 2009) Beach Music is one of our favorite books of all time (seriously, don't get turned off by the cheesy cover, it's AMAZING), so we're eagerly anticipating Conroy's latest effort. According to Booklist, "Conroy fleshes out the almost impossibly dramatic details of each of the friends’ lives in this vast, intricate story, and he reveals truths about love, lust, classism, racism, religion, and what it means to be shaped by a particular place." Yes, please!
2. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins.
(September 1, 2009) If you haven't read The Hunger Games, (*ahem* Laura!) do yourself a favor and READ IT. It was one of the best books I've read so far this year and I can't wait to see what happens to Katniss and Peeta next.
(July 14, 2009) Um...sex, money, genius, betrayal and Facebook!? Yeah, we're in. Plus this comes to us from the guy that wrote Bringing Down the House. This one is a no-brainer.
4. Just After Sunset by Stephen King.
He's the master. I've been saving his newest collection of short stories for summer reading and I can't wait to pick it up. I'm sure I'll read it and then weep for all the things my writing will never be, but it will be worth it. It always is.
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
Ok, so we're totally biased because Becca is a friend and agent-mate, but how amazing does this book look? I mean, seriously. The book doesn't technically come out until October 13, 2009, BUT Becca is going to do an ARC giveaway for people who register for her newsletter, which may or may not be rigged to ensure we win. We're still trying to convince Becca that it's in her best interest, but she keeps throwing out phrases like "being fair to other readers" and "restraining order."
So, what's on your reading list this summer?