I’ve just had a brainstorm…

I’ve just had a brainstorm. I will be live-blogging my thoughts on the books from my 2012 Summer Reading List as I read them. I will still have a page for my reviews of them once I’m finished, but I thought it’d be fun to also get my thoughts as I read them.

Hope you enjoy!

Update: Instead of liveblogging here, I’ve decided to open up a Tumblr account for this purpose. That means I probably won’t be setting up a page for reviews, since it seems kind of moot now that I’m doing this. But I will post the link to this Tumblr under the Season’s Readings page, if you’re interested. Thanks!

Updated June 23, 2012: Won’t be doing this anymore. See this post for details. 


Books of Summer 2012: The List That Never Ends

Currently reading: Messy – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

You know the drill. If you don’t, click here. If you don’t know the drill, but you don’t care, don’t click there. If you know the drill but you don’t care, I don’t blame you, because I’ve stopped caring too. I mean, I obviously somewhat care because I’ve been doing this list for a full year now…okay, let’s just say I’m apathetic at best…which is the reason why I’ve yet to finish this list once and for all!

Okay. Let’s move on, shall we?

List of books under the cut.

Update: Instead of the usual reviews, I will be liveblogging my way through each book on Tumblr

Update #2: June 23, 2012. Won’t be doing a liveblog after all; it takes up a lot of time. If I had just a few books to read, I would, but I have over twenty books to go through, so reading them and blogging about them will take about twice the time. Instead, I will just do as usual and just do a review for each after I’ve read them. 

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Down With OPB: Spring Reading

1. White Tiger – Aravind Adaiga – moved to Summer Reads 2012

2. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood – moved to Summer Reads 2012

3. Spoiled – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (the Fug Girls!)

4. Wild Stars Seeking Midnight – J. California Cooper – moved to Summer Reads 2012

5. My Soul To Keep – Tananarive Due – moved to Summer Reads 2012

6. Joplin’s Ghost – Tananarive Due – moved to Summer Reads 2012

7. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty – Joshilyn Jackson

8. Video Cowboys – Yolanda Joe

9. Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones

10. The Emperor’s Children Claire Messud – moved to Summer Reads 2012

11. Twilight -Stephenie Meyer (SHUT UP; I’m reading it ironically, I SWEAR!!!) – moved to Summer Reads 2012

12. What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

13.  The Upper Room – Mary Monroe – moved to Summer Reads 2012

14. I’ll Take You There – Joyce Carol Oates – moved to Summer Reads 2012

15. The Collector of Hearts – Joyce Carol Oates – moved to Summer Reads 2012

16. Lone Wolf – Jodi Picot

17. A Shore Thing – Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (SHUT UP! I’m reading it ironically, I SWEAR!!!) – moved to Summer Reads 2012

18. 666 Park Avenue – Gabrielle Pierce

19. Sex Wars – Marge Piercy – moved to Summer Reads 2012

20. Small Sacrifices – Ann Rule – moved to Summer Reads 2012

21. Some Sing, Some Cry – Ntzoake Shange (with Ifa Bayeza) – moved to Summer Reads 2012

22. On a Day Like This – Peter Stamm – moved to Summer Reads 2012

23. Nervous – Zane

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Down With OPB: Reading In a Winter Wonderland!

1. White Tiger – Aravind Adaiga – moved to Spring Reading

2. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood – moved to Spring Reading

3. What’s Your Number? – Karyn Bonsak

4. Wild Stars Seeking Midnight –  J. California Cooper – moved to Spring Reading

5. How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls – Zoey Dean

6. My Soul To Keep – Tananrive Due – moved to Spring Reading

7. Joplin’s Ghost – Tananrive Due – moved to Spring Reading

8. Video Cowboys –  Yolanda Joe – moved to Spring Reading

9. Dollhouse – Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian (yeah, that’s right! I’m a masochist!)

10. Sleeping With Beauty – Donna Kauffman

11. Feminista – Erica Kennedy

12. The Wife’s Tale – Lori Lansens

13. The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messud – moved to Spring Reading

14. The Upper Room – Mary Monroe – moved to Spring Reading

15. I’ll Take You There – Joyce Carol Oates – moved to Spring Reading

16. Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult

17. 666 Park Avenue – Gabriella Pierce – moved to Spring Reading

18. Sex Wars – Marge Piercy – moved to Spring Reading

19. Some Sing, Some Cry – Ntzoake Shange (with Ifa Bayeza) – moved to Spring Reading

20. On A Day Like This – Peter Stamm – moved to Spring Reading

21. Big Girl – Danielle Steel (yeah, that’s right! I’m a masochist!)

22. Can I Get a Witness? – ReShonda Tate Billingsley

23. Let The Church Say Amen – ReShonda Tate Billingsley

24. Roadrunner – Trisha R. Thomas

25. Dirty Girls on Top – Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

26. Gossip Girl: Psycho Killer – Cecily Von Ziegsar

27. The End of Everything – Megan Abbott

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Down With OPB: The Greatest Books Of Fall!

1. White Tiger – Aravind Adage – moved to Reading Wonderland

2. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood – moved to Reading Wonderland

3. Can I Get A Witness – ReShonda Tate Billingsley – moved to Reading Wonderland

4. Let The Church Say Amen – ReShonda Tate Billingsley – moved to Reading Wonderland

5. Money Can’t Buy Love –  Connie Briscoe

6. Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns – J. California Cooper – moved to Reading Wonderland

7. Eleanor Rigby – Douglas Coupland

8. How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls – Zoey Dean – moved to Reading Wonderland

9. My Soul To Keep – Tananarive Due – moved to Reading Wonderland

10. Joplin’s Ghost – Tananarive Due – moved to Reading Wonderland

11. Elixir – Hilary Duff

12. Video Cowboys – Yolanda Joe – moved to Reading Wonderland

13. Sleeping with Beauty – Donna Kauffman – moved to Reading Wonderland

14.  Skinny – Ibi Kaslik

15. Feminista –  Erica Kennedy – moved to Reading Wonderland

16. The Wife’s Tale – Lori Lansens – moved to Reading Wonderland

17. The Upper Room – Mary Monroe – moved to Reading Wonderland

18. I’ll Take You There – Joyce Carol Oates – moved to Reading Wonderland

19. Dirty Girls On Top – Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez – moved to Reading Wonderland

20. Some Sing, Some Cry – Ntzoake Shange (with Ifa Bayeza) – moved to Reading Wonderland

21. On a Day Like This – Peter Stamm – moved to Reading Wonderland

22. Big Girl – Danielle Steel – moved to Reading Wonderland

23. Roadrunner – Trisha R. Thomas – moved to Reading Wonderland

24. Holding Still For As Long As Possible – Zoe Whittall

25. Modelland – Tyra Banks

26. Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult – moved to Reading Wonderland

27. 666 Park Avenue – Gabriella Pierce – moved to Reading Wonderland

28. Sex Wars – Marge Piercy – moved to Reading Wonderland

29. The Story of Beautiful Girl – Rachel Simon

30. One Day – David Nicholls

31. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

32. Bottle Rocket Hearts – Zoe Whittall

33. I Don’t Know How She Does It – Allison Pearson

34. What’s Your Number? – Karyn Bosnak – moved to Reading Wonderland

35. The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messud – moved to Reading Wonderland

36. Secret Obsession – Kimberla Lawson Roby

37. Gossip Girl: Psycho Killer – Cecily Von Ziegsar – moved to Reading Wonderland

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Down With OPB: Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine!

*Latest update: Sept 5, 2011* 

I started this list in early July because I had a bunch of books from the library I had yet to read but was kinda dragging my feet about doing so. The title count started at about 25 but went up to 28 because I kept taking books out of the library. It’s since gone down to 22 23 (argh) 24 (double argh) since I’ve removed from the list books that I already own, as it makes more sense to finish the time sensitive ones first.

Also: while it seems that the end of summer comes with Labour Day – and therefore means that I should have finished with the books on this list by now – I’m going with the calendar end of  summer, which is Sept 23, so I still have a bit of time.

Remember to visit my Books of Summer page to read my “in-five-words-or-less” reviews of each finished read!

1. White Tiger – Aravind Adiga –  moved to Fall Reads

2. Surfacing – Margaret Atwoood – moved to Fall Reads

3. Eleanor Rigby – Douglas Coupland – moved to Fall Reads

4. My Soul to Keep – Tananrive Due – moved to Fall Reads

5. Joplin’s Ghost – Tananarive Due – moved to Fall Reads

6. 26a – Diana Evans

7. True Colors – Kristin Hannah

8. Video Cowboys – Yolanda Joe – moved to Fall Reads

9. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

10. Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later – Francine Pascal

11. The Truth About Diamonds – Nicole Richie (Don’t judge me! After all I did read Lauren Conrad’s entire L.A. Candy series!)

12. Priceless – Nicole Richie

13. Some Sing, Some Cry – Ntozake Shange & Ifa Bayeza – moved to Fall Reads

14. On a Day Like This – Peter Stamm – moved to Fall Reads

15. The Vixen Diaries – Karinne Steffans

16. The Dirty Girls Social Club – Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

17. Fly Away Home – Jennifer Weiner

18. Gone With A Handsomer Man – Michael Lee West

19. Holding On For As Long As Possible – Zoe Whittall – moved to Fall Reads

20. No One In The World –  (The late) E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson

21. Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories – J. California Cooper – moved to Fall Reads

22. The Upper Room – Mary Monroe – moved to Fall Reads

23. The Kid – Sapphire

24. Then Came You – Jennifer Weiner

The bolded indicates the book I’m currently reading

My mission statement, after the cut.

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