Guilty Pleasures for the Summer

I have a stack of poetry books next to my bed, but for me, summer is also the time for guilty pleasure reading.  (Some people may call these books “beach reading” but the nearest beach around here is Kinzua — not sure if that even counts).  Here is my list.

  1. Books by Philippa Gregory   I just got done reading The White Queen, but I understand that her newest book, The Red Queen, is going to be out in paperback very soon. 
  2. Books by Jodi Picoult  I haven’t read all of Picoult’s work, so I figure this summer is a good time to catch up, especially when the local library has all of her novels.
  3. Books by Stephen King.  Okay, I admit it.  I haven’t been too impressed with King’s most recent books (I read The Dome last summer and had to drag myself through it…) But hey, it’s a good time to read his classics.  I love Salem’s Lot.
  4. Books included in any number of young adult series. I read the first book in the Twilight series and couldn’t complete the series.  But there’s a lot of really good young adult fiction out there.  This past year, I read The Hunger Games series, and right now I’m eagerly looking forward to Carrie Ryan’s final book in her Forest of Hands and Teeth collection.  I also want to finish Jeanne DuPrau’s Books of Ember series.  And finally, inspired by my 10-year-old nephew who can’t get enough of this author, I want to finish the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
  5. Books that retell fairy tales.  Right now, I am reading Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright.  It’s not bad — I think there was a movie made after this book.  I also think that vampires are on their way out, and werewolves are on their way in.  At least, that is what my students tell me.


  1. What a fun list. I do think it’s a good idea to know what our students are reading, and what kids are reading. Plus your other fun stuff!

  2. Karen Said:


    Ever since I worked in a bookstore, I have a strong interest in what the public reads….Unlike many college professors, I do believe people read; they just don’t read what “we” think “they” should be reading (classics, etc..)


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