Discuss: Summer Reading Redux

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A couple of weeks ago I did a post about summer reading. I had originally intended for it to be all about the “summer blockbuster” books that are coming out this year, but it ended up being about the nostalgia of being a kid who read a lot in the summer. If you’re interested in that, go check out the post. But this week we really are doing the summer blockbuster list. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, then proceed!

Recently, Paste magazine compiled a list of 20 New Books to Read This Summer. The list seems to contain something for everyone, so you’re bound to find something you’ll like. Neil Gaiman has a new book out entitled The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which is about modern fantasy for adults. This list also contains the rather hilarious selection of A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook. I wonder if there are ideas for what to serve at The Red Wedding (too soon?). There’s also Khaled Hosseini’s new book, And the Mountains Echoed. If you read and loved The Kite Runner, you’ll probably love Hosseini’s latest work.

For those who might enjoy shorter stories rather than full-length novels, there is The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender. I studied Bender’s stories in one of my creative writing courses at college and just recently got my hands on a copy of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, so I’d be interested in this latest collection of stories.

As I said, the list encompasses both intellectual reads and beach reads. Fantasy and reality, novels and short stories are all included here. If you’re looking for something new to read and want to read the latest books, check out the article here.

What “summer blockbuster” books are you looking forward to? Are there any not included on this list that you’re excited for? Share your summer reading plans, whether they include the best-sellers or not, in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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