It's never too early to start building a stack of books for Summer Reading, is it?

Corbis via Getty Images

I read Star Wars by George Lucas before I ever read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I don't know when I first watched The Maltese Falcon, it must have been sometime in over summer break between eighth grade and Freshman year. I've been a Bogart fan ever since. I've also been a Hammett fan. I've read and re-read The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man a bunch of times.

The whole Harry Potter craze just blew right by me. We have the books. I just haven't made the time to read them. I hear they're quite...magical.

Before our kids came home, Cathy and I went on a cruise. She watched Twilight on the flight, and then buzzed through the books. She loved them so much and I was curious what the whole thing was about. What caught my attention was that Stephenie Meyer said she was inspired by the Saturday morning X-Men cartoons. That's how each one of the sparkly vampires has a different super power. She has me at Saturday morning cartoons.

When we were in Kiev, bringing our kids home, I discovered the Artemis Fowl series. I enjoy that immensely.

Every now and again, I'll pick up a Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone alphabet mystery.

James and I were talking and he mentioned that he had just started reading a Mickey Spillane novel. I asked if it was Mike Hammer. No, but the cop is very Mike Hammer. When I got into work today, he'd left me a copy of The Twisted Thing. The post-it note read "Read. Enjoy!"

Have you started building your summer reading list yet? What're you thinking of putting on there? Leave me some recommendations, would'ja?