Friday, May 25, 2012

5 Things Friday - Summer Reading Edition

I love to read, and this week's "5 Things Friday" post is about my summer reading list. Granted, I plan on reading more than the five I've listed below, but these particular books have been on my radar for a while.

1) The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring: I loved the movies, and decided it was high time I read the books. I really enjoyed The Hobbit, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

2) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1): This is the book I'm most excited to read this summer. My co-workers got me hooked on the HBO series which was surprising because I've never gotten into medieval fantasy shows, but I love it. If you've never heard of it, here's a synopsis from GoodReads:  
    • Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
      Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. 

3) Wuthering Bites: I'm not afraid to admit that I've been a little obsessed with vampires since the second grade (don't ask me why there were vampire books in an elementary school). In fact, Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my all-time favorite books. I'm intrigued to see how adding a vampire-twist to a literary work will pan out.

4) 50 Shades of Grey: I've heard interesting (albeit disturbing) things about this book, and have finally succumbed to peer pressure. This should be quite the experience considering I've never read (and have never had a desire to read) romance novels, but we'll see!

5) The Great Gatsby: A book that's been on my personal "to-read" list for ages, and is also on my "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die List." I plan to finally check it off this summer.  

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