Today it's officially summertime, and even if your living isn't easy yet, as a reader you're probably at least thinking about the big, juicy books you want to take to the beach, on vacation or even just into your backyard.
One of the things you'll find in this issue is a roundup of summer-reading lists from various print and online sources, which we hope will make your summer book shopping, borrowing and reading simpler. There are some wonderful titles on offer.
However, inveterate reader that I am, I'll confess to being disappointed this year. Usually I have around 40 books I eagerly await from June through August, and while I can't read them all, I do try (I load up the largest size boat-and-tote bag they make with galleys and ARCs and finished books for each summer's trek to the beach).
This year my "must read" list is way down, and I blame Shelf Awareness.
Yes, you heard me. I blame the very publication you're reading right now--because now that I'm its editor, I have to read way ahead. I've already finished most of the books of summer 2011 and started in on the fall lists.
Naturally, this is all in service of you, dear reader. That's why Marilyn Dahl, our reviews editor, receives galleys of almost every great read out in our Seattle office--so this new, review-packed version of Shelf Awareness can tell you all about each week's very best new books.
If that means I have less to look forward to in summer titles, well, just think--Marilyn and I (as well as Jennifer M. Brown, our children's editor) are already immersed in some great reads to share with you after Labor Day. You can e-mail either one of us if, after reading this issue, you think we've neglected one of this week's best books--or if you have one we should look out for next week, too.
By the way, if you'd like to share Shelf Awareness with your bookish friends, here's our new subscription widget to make things summertime easy.