So. Many. Books. To. Read.

It’s summer again, and weirdly, I read more in summer than winter.

In winter, I settle down to read and well, it’s dark outside, and it’s warm inside, and maybe there’s a fire going, and the lights are dim, and then I’m asleep after six pages.

In summer, though, i’ll get up with the dog on Saturday morning, get a coffee, and go sit in the dawn sun on the deck and read for two hours. Even more so since we cut cable (and went to just netflix/huluplus). And I’m a junkie too, so, you know. I’ve always kinda “kept track” of what I was reading, mostly by blogging about it. So, this year, because I always miss things, I figured I’d do the Good Reads thing, and specifically, their “reading challenge”.

I’ll be honest, I don’t CARE if I hit a hundred books (my goal as set). But, I do like keeping track of what I’ve read, and approximately when. So, a defined one year period with a goal, that actually helps me a bit.

So, this is MY YEAR.

Ok, so that’s out of the way.

Right now, there’s a lot of cool stuff out there. So, here’s what I’m looking forward to.

1] S.M.Stirling – Lord of Mountains Ok, I’m almost done this one, but I love the world that Stirling has created. I highly recommend going back to the start of the series if you’ve not read any of ’em.

2] Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls: I read Zoo city recently (I got it as part of the Humble Reading Bundle, actually) and now I must have more. I can’t wait for Shining Girls to become available. And because North Americans are the last ones to get access to it? Yeah, torrents were tempting. I didn’t: I’ve got lots to read in the meantime, but damn… yeah, tempting. You should probably follow @LaurenBuekes on twitter, too. She’s super active, and wickedly smart.

3] Chuck Wendig’s Unclean Spirits. I’ll admit, I pretty much get anything @ChuckWendig puts out right now.

4] The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig. See what I mean?

5] Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. I’m totally diggin’ Joe Hill. He’s another one (and this is a trend for me, for sure) who is super active and engaging on Twitter (@Joe_Hill FYI). On top of that, I can highly recommend Horns and the Locke & Key graphic novel series. I can’t wait for Nos4A2.

6] Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep. Because Stephen King, and I’m a HUGE fanboy. It’s not even worth talking about.

7] Matt Wallace’s Delve. Grabbed that on Kindle a week or so ago, and definitely looking forward to it. Again, another loud SOB on twitter: @mattFNwallace

And, finally,

8] Jonathan Maberry’s latest Joe Ledger book, Extinction Machine came as part of my amazon order last week, and again, it’s another one that just “gets a pass”. I don’t always dig everything that Maberry writes, but the Joe Ledger series hits my buttons apparently.

So, that’s a good week or two of reading for me, I guess.

I’m still working through the huge Zombies: A Compendium of the Living Dead, but that’s my “at work for breaks” book, because shortstories.

Sadly, I actually have a lot more than that. Book Nerd, through and through. But those are the ones I’m most looking forward to: the top of the pile, so to speak.