Monday, June 15, 2015

Quick Lit: My (Perhaps Overly Ambitious) Summer Reading Plan

Last week I mentioned my "summer reading plan" which involves reading my way through several literary mystery series. This week, in honor of Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit roundup, I thought I'd expand on that plan. I am currently reading the first book, Tana French's In The Woods, and was a bit chagrined to see that it is 592 pages!!!! This made me immediately wonder if my summer reading plan is a bit, um, ambitious. Alas, I am moving forward with it and we will see how it works out. I will sprinkle in some She Reads books and some contemporary favorites for variety so it's not all murder all the time. It's summer after all-- time for poolside and lazy afternoons spent reading the days away. At least, that's how it goes in my fantasy.

(Note: Click on each series to get to a list of the titles in order.)

The Dublin Murder series by Tana French

Zailer and Waterhouse series by Sophie Hannah

The Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson

I couldn't find a photo of all the titles together so I settled on the latest title in the series to serve as a representative image. 

The Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman

And finally, to the commenter who asked how I find book recommendations-- what blogs I read-- definitely click on this month's Quick Lit roundup for more recommendations than you can possibly get to. I read every single link every single month. (It's true. I do.) Also be sure and check out the She Reads blog network page for a plethora of blogs about reading and books! 

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Sarah @ Back to Carolina said...

I just finished up the last of The Dublin Murder series back in April! The Likeness might be one of my favorite books ever. I really enjoyed it! They are all quite long, though. I mixed listening to audiobooks with ebooks.
I was looking for a new series to read and just put the first Jackson Brodie novel on hold at the library yesterday. I'm excited for it to come in. Our library is sparse, so I have to wait for it to come in from another county :)
I think you'll be busy all summer, if you read all of those!

Marybeth Whalen said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Sarah! I read your posts on Modern Mrs Darcy's linkups each month.

Can't wait to get to THE LIKENESS now that you said that. I'm about halfway through with IN THE WOODS and definitely want to know what is going on! I *am* ambitious with my reading plan-- it might be better changed from "Summer Reading Plan" to "Rest of This Year Reading Plan." But it's good to have goals, right?

the hoppe pad said...

I have not read any Tana French books yet but want to! Cannot wait to hear your thoughts on them as you read them.

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed The Likeness. How did I NOT know this was a series????
I may have change All my summer reading plans now! Good luck! I think you can do it!!!!

Heather @ The Literary Curator said...

Wow - that is a lot of reading! Good luck! I read "Into the Woods" and liked it but there were some loose ends at the end of the book that left me really frustrated :) I have heard great things about "The Likeness" so maybe I'll pick it up sometime. I love the idea of reading through a whole series and I've been thinking about picking up Louise Penny's mystery series maybe this fall.

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