Let me take this opportunity to mention that I am yet to complete a summer reading plan successfully. Yep. A few years ago, I joined a readalong for Shantaram. I didn't get beyond a few chapters, though in my defense, the protagonist/author was very condescending towards the local peoples and that was irritating me to no end. The year after, it was the turn of Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy. This one was actually interesting and going well, but something that I don't remember any longer came up during that time and derailed my reading.
But that doesn't stop me from planning. There is a great feeling that accompanies making summer reading lists and plans, that for me, generally ends with the list making. This time again, I want to give a chunkster a go, but with a few changes to that concept. Rather than trying to tackle a book that I probably won't read even in my right mind, I'm hoping to pick something really riveting, light, fun, epic, and maybe even saga-ish. I definitely don't want to do intense or deep reads. The other change is that it doesn't have to be a single book. It can be a really long series. And I have a few books in mind.
Song of Ice and Fire series, or better known as the Game of Thrones series. This would be a perfect candidate because I love the TV show, this is an epic and a saga, there are so many characters in here. What's not to love? Two things are however holding me back:
- I love the unpredictability of each TV episode as it comes, and I don't know if I'm prepared to give up all that thrill of anticipation. If I had read even one book in the series, I would have made a point of catching up with the books before watching the show. But since I haven't started yet, I feel more content sitting back and watching the show for now.
- The other issue is that only five books have been released so far. It's been a long time since I have spent years between series books. Waiting for the Harry Potter books was one thing - it didn't take long to reread them if needed. Rereading the GoT books is sure to be a humongous chore.
The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The premise of these books do not sound very exciting to me and I am not sure if this falls into my intense-read red flag. But many have loved and recommended these books, and they have been languishing on my shelves forever.
My third candidate is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Of my three options so far, this is the one that's most appealing to me. I love literary magic, and by that I mean books like Harry Potter and The Night Circus. Ever since I heard Sam rave about this book, especially in comparison to The Night Circus, which I loved, I have been meaning to read this book.
And since we are speaking of magic, my last choice is also magical - Lev Grossman's The Magicians series. Ever since the first of these books came out, this series has been on my must-read list. And now, with the third book slated for release in August, seems to be the perfect time to read it.
If you were me, which one would you choose?
If you have actually read all these books, which did you like best?
Oh, and if any of these books are in your wishlist too, do you want to join me in a readalong?