Diva’s Summer 2016 Reading List

Toward the end of the school year, I usually begin to stockpile books that I want to read on the beach, poolside, or in the car during summer break. I already read a ton of fanfic on a daily basis, but sometimes I still like to sit down with a good book that isn’t on AO3 and read what the masses are reading. Here is my list of summer books to check out. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments below!

xoxo C. Diva

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Him by Sandra Bowen


This male/male romance set in hockey camp is on the top of my to-read list, for obvious reasons. Recced to me by friend of the blog L. Scott, I have been meaning to read this but for ages but never got around to picking up. There is also a part two titled Us, which I plan on ordering at the same time because I’m sure I’ll gobble them both up fairly quickly.

Take Your Eye Off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where to Look by Greg Wyshynski


This beginner’s guide to watching hockey is something I’ve been wanting to read ever since I came across Greg’s Twitter page. This writer pens for Yahoo Sports and I respect his hockey talk as unbiased and informative (a rare feat on hockey Twitter). This book is bound to be full of gems and I’m always looking to upgrade my knowledge within a fandom, so I think I’ll give it a whirl.

Living Language Russian, Complete Ed by Constance Muravnik


Yeah, so I’m teaching myself Руссий. I’ve already learned to read Cyrillic and I’ve been practicing daily with Duolingo, but I am a visual learner and need to read and write text in order to remember it best. An easy to read, beginner’s course that doesn’t cost a fortune will be very handy as I delve into learning a new language for the hell of it.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman


I read American Gods a couple of summers ago, but, seeing as Bryan Fuller is planning the upcoming series, I think it’s a good time to refresh my memory. Plus, any time is a good time for Neil Gaiman. I also really want to read Trigger Warning, because I have a love for creepy short stories.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck


You’re gonna notice a theme of rereading faves on this list, apparently. My kid is in Honors English *proud mama strut* and is required to read this novella during summer before classes start. As a huge Steinbeck fan who has visited the museum in Salinas, read his work since I was in high school and owns a first edition of this book…yeah. Reading it with her.

The Fangirl Life by Kathleen Smith


I’ve got a special pre-release, press copy of this book that I cannot wait to read and rec for the blog after it’s officially released to the public. So far, I’ve read the first chapter, and let me say, it’s done wonders for the way I interact with fandoms even in just the little peek I’ve gotten of the strategies inside the text. Smith is a friend of the blog, and an uber fan, so I know this is going to be a good one.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


I pick this book up every once in awhile to reread and often do not get around to finishing it. I even took it with me on the plane to New Orleans a few years back, but it sat in the bottom of my suitcase as I wandered the French Quarter with the Collectress and Spaniard. Good times! After listening to Beyonce’s “Lemonade”, I’ve been inspired to revisit this book (and maybe the film), one of the first novels by an African-American woman about an African-American woman I can really related to.

Dirty Russian by Igor Fisun


What?? It’s not what you think. This book of Russian slang phrases is exactly what I need in order to chirp my favorite Russian hockey players on the ice come next season.




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