Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest

It's time for my second blogfest of the week, the Favorite Summer Reads fest, hosted by Cherie at Surrounded by Books.

Since Cherie is hosting this Blogfest to celebrate the first anniversary of her book review blog, Surrounded By Books Reviews, I wanted to say Happy Blogoversary to Cherie before I get to my summer reads choice. Congratulations, Cherie!! :)

Now, to the fest, I couldn't really think of a particular book that I would consider my favorite summer read, so I decided to pick the book series I spent most of this summer reading, the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

I first tried reading this series back when I watched the first season of True Blood. Before that, I had never even heard of the books or of Ms. Harris. When I tried to read the first book I didn't care for it at all, and I don't think I even finished it. I quickly gave up on the idea of reading the books.

But this summer I decided to try them again, as I've continued to watch the show and wanted to give the books another shot. I picked up the fourth book in the series, Dead to the World, and started from there. I admit, my primary (okay, maybe only) reason for starting the books again was because I have a great deal of affection for the vampire Eric Northman.

I ended up reading the rest of the series, up to the most recent installment, which is the eleventh, and to me the books were all what I would consider a perfect summer read. Not great literature by any means, but they are fun stories with likeable and quirky characters, and they are quick reads. And, best of all, they have Eric Northman. :D

So that's my summer read. Thanks to Cherie for hosting this fun fest!


  1. Mmm...I love Eric Northman. *grins* Great series to pick. It's a perfect summer read.

    And thank you for mentioning my blogoversary. I can't believe my reviews blog is a year old and will have greater things in store for it...I hope. :)

  2. I haven't read any of these yet, but they sound fun. Will have to try one out ... when my mountain of books dwindles a bit. :)

  3. I've been hooked on a few book series before. It's fun to get lost for awhile in another world, especially if it involves attractive characters that take your mind off of every day life. :D

  4. @Cherie, always glad to find another Eric fan. :D You're welcome about the blogoversary, congrats and thanks again for hosting the fest!

    @Mary, they are fun and definitely easy reading. I know what you mean about the mountain of books, it seems I always add to mine instead of letting it dwindle LOL.

    @LG, exactly! :D I love series anyway as it's fun to be able to check back in with familiar characters as the books are published.

  5. Haven't read this one and I vaguely remember hearing about the show. But then I read more in the winter. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Nice pick for summer reading, that series sounds great for a fun read. I'll have to check them out sometime.

  7. @Jules, I usually read more in the winter too, but this summer I got into this series. Each book could be read in about a day, so they're definitely just light reading for sure.

    @Claire, I hope you like them if you check them out. :)

  8. I'm a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series too. And more so of Eric. Mmm.

  9. I too read more in the winter, so hopefully will get some serious reading done after I finished my second book I'm working on.


  10. i like that blogfest idea, i could use som good book recommendations! like the series you read, hmmmm =)

  11. @Christine, Mmm indeed! :D I totally agree. :)

    @Yvonne, yeah, usually the cold weather is great for reading, hope you find time to get back to it. But definitely working on your second book takes precedence, can't wait to read it! :)

    @Tara, that's what I thought, I'm looking forward to seeing others' recommendations. :)

  12. Is Eric as hott in the books as he is in the tv series?

    I might have to check those books out! Great post :)

  13. I haven't read this series.

    This is a fun blogfest idea. Visit my blog "Substitute Teacher's Saga" to see my entry.

  14. @A.M., I think he is. But that may just be because I picture tv Eric in my mind when I am reading. :D Thanks!

    @Theresa, I agree, this blogfest is a lot of fun. Thanks for coming by, I'm looking forward to visiting your blog!

  15. I'm not into vampires, but have gotten my feet wet with a few good reads this year.

  16. I've read the Stephanie Meyer series Twilight but not any other vampire novels. Intriguing :O)

  17. @JL, it's funny, I never used to like vampires either but now I'm totally hooked on them. Glad you found some good reads too, you can't have too many. :)

    @Madeleine, this books are fun, if you decide to check them out I hope you like them. :)


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