I have a HUGE list of books I have been wanting to read for ages, and now I’m on summer break I might actually be able to read a few! Here are some I am hoping to lose myself in this summer, although I don’t know if I’ll be able to read them all as I also have a long list of non- fiction books (coming soon!)
The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull
This one sounds like a beautiful ghost story and the title is so mysterious!
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark
I went to a talk given by Scottish journalist and television presenter Kirsty Wark (best known for BBC Two’s Newsnight) at the Bath Literature Festival, in which she talked about this novel, which is her first. I loved the reading she did and afterwards she was doing a signing, so I purchased the book. I started reading it and enjoyed it but I had to give it up during exam time, so I hope to pick it up again this summer!
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
This is a debut novel, which is always interesting, and dystopia is one of my favourite genres. It has been praised for its lyrical prose, something I absolutely love in a novel. I found this passage on the author’s website and I think it is breath-taking.
“I haven’t dared to go to the spring in seven weeks. Yesterday I turned on the tap in the house and held the mouth of the waterskin to its metal. I spoke to it in pretty words and ugly words, and I may have even screamed and wept, but water doesn’t care for human sorrows. It flows without slowing or quickening its pace in the darkness of the earth, where only stones will hear.
The pipe gave a few drops, perhaps a spoonful, into my waterskin.
I know what it means.”
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
This is one of the Jane Austen’s I haven’t yet read, and I love that the two main characters are each represented by a word in the title. One of my lecturers who teaches Italian culture recommended this book, and Waterstones sells it as a part of the beautiful “Clothbound Classics” series.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This book sounds fascinating and even fairy tale like. It is this sentence, from the book description on Amazon, that got me : “His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.” How magical does that sound?
The Three by Sarah Lotz
I read a sample of this on the Waterstones’s blog and was so upset when I finished that first chapter! I want to read more! Again, it sounds very mysterious and just my kind of thing.
What are you reading this summer?