Midnight Impulse

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Summer Reading


For those bookworms who’ve been dormant the past several months due to school work, you guys know that summer vacation is just the best time to wake from our long stuppor and READ again.  I’ve barely read anything this school year.  So little, in fact, that I pathetically added books we’ve read in class to my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge List because I felt terrible not having read anything throughout the school year.

I’ve been hauled up in my bedroom reading since school let out on Friday.  So far, I managed to finally finish the popular A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (which I started in January), sped through Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me, am on my way to get through Isaac Morrion’s Warm Bodies, and have started Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.

Warm Bodies Isaac Morion

I have to say, A Game of Thrones got pretty boring at some point.  But for those struggling to make it through this 800-page tome, just stick with it.  It gets good again in the last 50 pages.  I’m definitely planning on starting to read the second in the series, A Clash of Kings, very soon.  For zombie lit lovers out there, I have to say that Warm Bodies is quite incredible.  I’ve got 30 pages left, but I’m pretty sure this is my new favourite book.  Author Isaac Morrion portrays zombies in a new light and vividly illustrates the Dead’s thoughts, making the reader do the unexpected:  sympathise with the zombies.  I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I will as soon as I finish the novel.

For those unsure where to start their summer reading lists, here’s a couple lists to get you started.  Whether you’re into reading a wide variety of modern and classic novels or just plain hipster ones, these flowcharts have got you covered.

I currently have a huge Goodreads list of about 180 books that needs to be tackled (I’d love to read 15 books this summer) and I cannot wait to see more books move from my “to-read” shelf into my “read” shelf.

Off to the reading cave!

Happy readings,



Author: Adelaide Martin

18 year old international student's transition into college life on a new continent.

3 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. I didn’t even know there was a challenge; I just created my own…and had to increase it by 20 books. If you’re into ebooks, bookos.org is a great resource for downloading a ton of free books.

    My own to-read for sure list this summer of books I’ve been meaning to read:
    * Feminine Mystique
    * Lies My Teacher Told Me
    * The Bell Jar
    * Animal Farm
    * Kitchen Confidential
    * Across the Universe
    * Atlas Shrugged

    • Here’s the link for the Reading Challenge page: http://www.goodreads.com/challenges/940-2013-reading-challenge
      Thanks for the site suggestion 😀 Hm I haven’t heard of a lot of those, although I checked them out and added The Bell Jar to my list. I remember we read Animal Farm in class when I was in 7th grade (wayyyy too young to understand the deeper meaning in it) but I enjoyed it back then, and now it’s on my re-read shelf 🙂

      • I already found it and added a read date to my already read books.

        It’s a 9th grade book here, but my class was one of the few that didn’t read it and since I’m taking AP Lit next year, it feels almost essential that I need to read it.

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