SURVEY SAYS: Summer Reading List 2013

June 24, 2013 ( – Last week, I asked NewsDash readers to share what they plan/hope to read this summer.

The biggest repeats on the list are Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and books from “The Game of Thrones” series. Some folks indicated they will be reading things other than books. They responded: “The want ads!”; “This year my reading will include manuscripts submitted to an independent publishing company. Readers like myself suggest which ones should be looked and which should either have revisions or should not be published,” and “Anything with a complete sentence, correctly spelled words, and proper syntax. Novel idea nowadays.” One reader didn’t know specifically, but said “Tons of fiction books.”

Here is the list:

·        The Glass Castle Salem’s Lot

·        The Game of Thrones Series

·        The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larrson is next in line for my morning book with coffee.

·        Pete Townshend and George Martin’s autobiography

·        “Cooked” by Michael Pollan + some murder mysteries…relaxes the brain, don’t ya know….

·        Alexander McGill’s Sunday Philosophers Club book series. At least the few I haven’t read yet.

·        The third book in the Brainrush Series by Richard Bard will be released on 7/2/13. I have already signed up for the pre-release.

·        I plan to re-read the Harry Potter books as well as Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

·        Inferno by Dan Brown

·        Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel; A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan; Wild by Cheryl Strayed

·        If I can stop playing Candy Crush long enough, I’d like to finish the Hunger Games trilogy.

·        Live By Night by Dennis Lehane Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz The Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point by Talmage Boston Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

·        I hope to read the recent biography on Steve Jobs, several novels, LIfe after Life, maybe Lean In, and catch up on my favorite, lighthearted, Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

·        Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron.

·        Lean In.

·        The Bat by Jo Nesbo, Inferno by Dan Brown, Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron, A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson, White Princess by Phillipa Gregory, Bombshell by Catherine Coulter

·        Inferno by Dan Brown

·        The fifth book of the series Fire and Ice by George RR Martin, A Dance with Dragons. Some know the series as the Game of Thrones but that is actually the first book. Would love to re-read the first 4 again but am certain that I won’t have the time.

·        Game of Thrones book 4 – Feast for Crows

·        1984 by George Orwell

·        I’ve been picking up and putting down Les Miz by Hugo for months now! It is my goal to finish it this summer.

·        “The Black Box” – Michael Connelly’s latest

·        The Historian

·        Part of the Game of Thrones Series

·        Astronaut Wives Club and Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill

·        And the Mountains Echoed

·        The new novels by Dan Brown, Steve Berry, Daniel Silva and Sandra Brown.

·        The other two books in the 50 Shades of Grey series and all of my work reading that piles up each week.

·        I would love to read the IRS regulations on the PPA rules on additional funding requirements for multiemployer plans, but they’re not out yet!

·        The Flavia De Luce Series Precocious 11-year old fascinated with chemistry and death bicycles around Bishop’s Lacey from ancient country house Buckshaw in 1950s England. Picture a girl who lives there with her most unusual family. Her name is Flavia de Luce—and she’s almost eleven. Picture a long-abandoned Victorian chemistry laboratory; no one ever goes there but Flavia. Put them all together and you’ll have a new kind of detective fiction . . .

·        The Fifty Shades of Grey series

·        Gettysburg, the Last Invasion Bunker Hill, a city, a siege, a revolution American Nations Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Zombie Fallout 5, World War Z (again) Yes, you could say I have diverse interests…


Verbatim comments indicate many NewsDash readers are real reading-lovers. Editor’s Choice goes to a reader who shares my sentiment: “Never enough time to read all the good stuff out there to read.”



Nothing better than kicking back and enjoying a good book.


love to read hard to get time to do so


I read every day. I cannot imagine only having "summer" reading.


A comfortable chair, a cool drink and a good book. it doesn't get any better than that.


Reading is to the brain what breathing is to the body.


I find that I read a lot more now that I have an ereader. The ability to make the font the size that I need is wonderful. It sure beats trying to read legislation printed in the Federal Register format!


Summer is a great time to read books that are a bit longer. There just seems to be more reading time -- on buses and trains, at the beach, on vacation. So you can really dive into things.


Since your survey has to do with vacation, you'll receive the usual response of "what vacation" or some such nonsense. Please stop including those types of comments in your results. These individuals must have an extremely inflated sense of self-worth if they really think a vacation is something their job can't handle.


I read all year round, but there's something special about kicking back in the shade and getting into a good book with a cold glass of iced tea in the summer time.


The only time I read for fun is on vacation.


Unfortunately, while I have grand ideas of reading many books during the summer it normally ends up being just one or two since there is so much to do in the yard and garden.


I think if you are reading on vacation it should be something fun and relaxing.


My family just got me a new BBQ cook book for Father’s Day so it is time to fire up the grill!!!


Verbatim (cont.)

I am on the go from Sept-June between family, work and activities, it is nice to sit back, breathe some fresh air and relax with a good book.


I love reading at the beach - just wish I could get to the beach more often.


There is nothing like a great historical fiction, sci fi, or Steven King novel to whisk you away from the stresses and responsibilities of reality and enjoy a few hours in another world and time.


Our company believes vacation is an unamerican, socialist conspiracy to deprive the owner of his God given right to profit from his employees. His case in point is the European system. I'm fantasizing about reading Das Kapital.


Never enough time to read all the good stuff out there to read.


Love to read on vacation, when I can read for extended periods and not just in little snatched moments. Looking forward to reading something other than IRS, DOL and PPACA regulations!


I almost always have a book that I'm reading. Each year for Christmas I tell my nieces and nephews to get me Amazon gift cards so I can download my books.


The week at the beach is spent reading for both work and leisure. Nothing is more relaxing than reading in the warm sun while listening to waves crash on the shore.


I do more reading in winter, when I am stuck inside. In the summer, I like to be outdoors and active.


A book can go anywhere with you, but when it's outside, it's all the better.


Wow, reading for pleasure (magazines count as browsing). Haven't done that for some time now. What's it like without legalese or text.


I love the notion (and memory) of summer reading, but these days I find that I get more reading done during my commute (albeit a bit more spread out). Besides, I'd rather spend that summer reading time hanging out and making memories with the ones I love!



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