We're already in to Summer, we realize. But it's never too late to add to your list of beach reads. So we asked some of our friends to help us compile a list of good books that should definitely hold a spot on your to-read agenda, even if Summer turns to Fall before you've gotten through them.
First up, though, Carey went beyond the one book suggestion and compiled an entire list herself. The following are some Fantasy novels you should try and check out before our Twitter conversations get any more spoilery for you:
Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel/Naamah books are a good summer read (despite my meh review). They always come out in June and I've made a habit of stalking my local Barnes and Noble as far as 3 weeks in advance. Kushiel's Dart is the first book. Don't be intimidated by its 800+ pages. It's a wonderful adventure story, some of which takes place in the frozen north - a good mind vacation for those brutally hot summer days. This is also a love and lust story. There is a lot of sex of the BDSM variety in this book, but the sex is not the focus of the story. There's enough of it to be exciting, but it doesn't dominate (heh heh) the narrative. Kushiel's Dart is one of my favorite books of all time.
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men) is a deceptively quick read. Through this series, we follow Todd, the youngest boy in a colony of men who have done their best to settle a new planet. However, a virus has killed off all of the women and made it possible for all of the men to hear everything the others are thinking all the time. One day on a walk, Todd discovers a crashed space pod thing and inside... a girl. To say much more would spoil the story. I think these are my favorite YA books of the last year or so. There are so many unspoken implications with each of Todd's actions. The books are a quick read but will leave you thinking about them for months and months after.
I can't not suggest this next one: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Last summer, I took a staycation to Jaqueline Carey's Terre d'Ange. This summer I'm lounging about in Martin's Westeros. This book is getting a lot of press because of the show and if you're only watching the show, I can't tell you enough to pick up the book. The show is a wonderful adaptation - I've been really, really pleased with every episode. However, watching the show is like reading the book on fast forward. There is so much the show doesn't touch on, so much introspection we don't get to see. So many little details that have to be left out for time and better story telling. Pick up the book and then lose yourself in the whole series. [And make sure to check out the book read-along we did this Spring.]
Finally, something a little lighter. Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar. Kalix is a drug addicted, anorexic werewolf who only really likes Joan Jett. She's exiled from her family and left to wander the streets of London until two unwitting teenagers decide to help her out. Kalix's family is one of the most hilariously disfunctional I have ever read. While the book has dark moments, it made me laugh and I liked it. I don't usually like humor in my sci-fi/fantasy. But I found myself laughing out loud, especially at the antics of Kalix's degenerate cousins and their rock band, Yum, Yum, Sugary Snacks. I just found out there's a sequel - Curse of the Wolf Girl. I'm so adding it to my e-wishlist.
Check back next week for more suggestions from Geektresses across the interwebs.