Book on My Spring/Summer Reading List

Some of the books that are on my spring/summer reading list. They are listed in no particularl order:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (currently reading)
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Gunslinger1 by Stephen King
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub
  • The Strange Case of Doctor Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  • Double Feature by Owen King
  • Theft of Swords2 by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Inferno3 by Dan Brown
  • The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories by Connie Willis
  • Shogun4 by James Clavell
  • Transcendental by James Gunn
  • Doctor Sleep5 by Stephen King

You may notice a theme with some of the books on the list: Stoker, Stevenson, Jackson, Matheson. These are on the list because I recently read Stephen King’s Danse Macabre, which I enjoyed and which really opened my eyes to the horror genre in much the same way that David Hartwell’s Age of Wonders opened my eyes to the science fiction genre in a broad sense back in 2007.

This is what is on my list as of today. It may change, and likely, other books will be added. I wish I had saved some of my pre-1996 summer reading lists, especially those pre-1985 lists. They would be interesting to look at today.

What is on your summer reading list?

  1. I am going to give the Dark Tower series another try. Hopefully the third time is a charm. If I can get through the first book, I will likely add others to my summer reading list.
  2. Every time I see Michael, I feel guilty for not having read his books.
  3. I read and enjoyed The Da Vinci Code before it was popular. I didn’t particularly like The Lost Symbol, but I am fascinated by Dante and so I am curious.
  4. This would be a re-read, but I loved the book so much the first time around that I am curious to see how it holds up eight years later.
  5. Technically, this would be a fall book, but I still consider late September to be close enough to summer to include it on the list.


  1. JTR: There is some overlap between your reading list and mine. I am only going to include new titles since I have no idea where my remedial reading is going to take me.

    Asher – Jupiter War [3] (Sept)
    Baxter – Universes [ss] (Apr)
    Baxter – Proxima [1] (Sept)
    Baxter & Pratchett – The Long War [2] (Jun) 
    Brookmyre – Flesh Wounds [3] (Aug)
    Egan – Orthogonal 3: The Arrows of Time (Sept)
    Flynn – On the Razor’s Edge [4] (Jul) 
    Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Jun) 
    King – Dr. Sleep (Sep) 
    King – Joyland (June)
    McAuley – Evening’s Empires [4] (Jul)
    Priest – The Adjacent (Aug)
    Reynolds – On the Steel Breeze [2] (Aug)
    Robinson – Shaman: A Novel of the Ice Age (Sept) 
    Stross – Neptune’s Brood (Jul) 
    Turtledove – Two Fronts [5] (Jul) 
    Waldrop – Horse of the Different Color [ss] (Sept)

    I read Inferno a couple weekends ago, and over the past several years I’ve read the stories in Best of Connie Willis & Lucius Shepard’s Five Autobiographies and a Fiction (but I will get copies to read the author’s notes).

  2. Well, you just inspired me to create one (I usually choose by random inspiration, except when I’m participating in a book club) — I’ll have to get back to you. Right now I’m working on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book Boomerang.

    1. “Nice! I am a big fan of Richard Matheson” – are you talking to me? If so, a couple of Summers ago I read back-to-back I Am Legend (like so often, the source material is so much better than the adaptations) and The Shrinking Man (where the film is equal to the novel). Earlier this year I read R. Matheson’s Collected Short Fiction (the stuff from the SF digests is cynical hackery, but his “Entertainment for Men” publications are pure gold) and just a few days ago A Stir of Echoes (too much thrown into the pot).

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