Summer Reading List (2013)

If you’re anything like me, you probably have an embarrassingly large amount of books sitting around your room, waiting to be read. And if you’re like me, not only are you a compulsive book hoarder but you also tend to give priority to review books and find yourself neglecting your own copies. Well, since I finished my degree and have a lot more time on my hands now, I decided to put my review copies aside for a little while and read some of these neglected books for a change. And what better way to kick off June and showcase all these titles than by making a rather colourful list?

In no particular order, the 6 books I’m aiming to read from my own pile this summer are:

Summer 2013 Reading List

1. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: I don’t even remember when I got this book, it’s been on my bookshelf for such a long time. Since I love dystopian and post-apocalyptic books and  I’m in the mood for a bit of Young Adult fiction at the moment, this one sounds perfect for the occasion.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I know, I know. I must be the last remaining person on Earth who hasn’t read this book or seen the film yet. The thing is, I hate seeing film adaptations before reading the book itself so I decided to wait and then kept putting it off. But I’ll read it this summer. I will. I promise. *nods*

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth: I absolutely LOVED Divergent so I haven’t the faintest idea why I haven’t read the sequel yet. I just hope I haven’t forgotten people’s names and what happened in the previous book. (It’s been about a year since I read Divergent)

4. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen: I actually read the first 50 pages of this one while I was in London in April and absolutely loved it. I’ll be buddy-reading this with my mum who’s just as much of a crime fiction fan like myself.

5. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter: This is another crime series I’ve been meaning to start for a while now, along with Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles and Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan series. Based on what I’ve heard of Karin Slaughter’s work so far, it should be brilliant. Gory, but brilliant.

6. Lost and Found by Tom Winter: This one is quite a new addition to my to-be-read pile since I only got it last month, but since it was my most anticipated book of 2013, I’m definitely going to pick it up soon.


Which books are on your summer reading list this year? Have you read any of these yet?


    • says

      Exactly! I wonder what the UK release date is, though. I’ll need to check it out. :) But yes, that’s the great thing about not reading them right away: at least I don’t have to wait ages for the next book.

  1. says

    Lost and found looks super cute! And I really need to read Insurgent as well. Maybe I’ll add that to my summer TBR list too! Good luck reading all these and I hope you enjoy them :)

  2. says

    I’ve read–and enjoyed–The Hunger Games trilogy, and I have a copy of Divergent waiting to be read. One of the book challenges I am doing this year is called Off the Shelf, which encourages reading books you already own. I’ve been making slow progress with it…but all the shiny new books and ARCs I got at BEA this year (and have been blogging about this week) will make it more challenging to read what I already own. Your post has inspired me to make a new TBR list–thanks!
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  3. says

    Life As We Knew It is spoil good! They do talk about food shortages a lot, so prepare to be hungry! 😛 The Hunger Games is brilliant as well!! I know you’ll love it! I must read Insurgent, too. I started reading it, but never finished, so I need to get on that! Good luck and enjoy these pretties!
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  4. says

    I LOVED Life As We Knew It! I read it over a two week period in the summer and I was totally immersed. If you end up liking this book, check out Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. This was another coming of age and apocalyptic story and they suck you right in!

  5. says

    I don’t really set up an organized list – however I am reading MC Beaton Death of a Gossip for one book club. Stephen King’s Under the Dome for a read-a-long. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry …just because :) (I’m LOVING that one by the way) I also have a whole lot of cozy series I want to catch up with as well.
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  6. says

    Both Insurgent and The Hunger Games (specifically the last book in the trilogy) are on my list for sure! And I would love to read Lost & Found although I only know a very little about it. I made myself a MASSIVE literary to-do list and I have no idea if it is reasonable…six books seems a bit more realistic and I may have to adjust xD

  7. says

    I’ve been reading a lot of the Tess Gerristen books and I have enjoyed them. I think I’ve gotten to the first 4 of her books in the series. I hope to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Into the Woods, Lost Symbol and a few others this summer. We’ll see though. Good list.

  8. says

    Okay Vicky, I can give you a pass on reading Insurgent (it’s good but Divergent was better, I thought) but you HAVE HAVE HAVE to read the entire Hunger Games Trilogy. And then see the movie. They were all SOOOOOO good and top out on my list of fav dystopian books. Personally, I loved them so much more than the Divergent books, but that’s just me.

    I’m really interested to know what you think once you’re done reading both THG & Insurgent. And kudos to you for reading purely for fun now! I think more of us need to do that!

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