For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, here are ten books I want to read this summer.
1-3. Old Filth Trilogy by Jane Gardam:
Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends
With the third volume out now, I’m due for a reread of the first two. When I originally read them it was years apart and I was not really paying attention to how Gardam was telling the same story from different points of view. I think it will be more interesting to read them all together.
4. Poison by Bridget Zinn
This fantasy-adventure with a sweet romance and an adorable pig sounds like good silly fun, which is perfect for vacation reading. It also sounds like it could have used some editing, but I hope I’ll be able to overlook that. Tragically, the young debut author died before seeing her book published, but her work lives on and has been enjoyed by many.
5. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier
6. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
I should at least aim to knock off a couple of meaty items from my Classics Club list. I might change my mind about which ones, but here are two possibilities that seem suitable for long summer days.
7. High Rising by Angela Thirkell
Now that I’ve finally gotten into Trollope’s Barsetshire, I’d like to sample Thirkell’s. If I like it, there’s a lot of reading to be had there.
9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
What could be better for summer reading than a true story about a life-transforming distance hike?
10. Reader’s Choice
There were too many possibilities to pick one for the last spot on my list, so I’ll leave it to you…what do you say I MUST read this summer?
UPDATE (in December):
I had totally forgotten about these plans, but when I chanced upon them it turned out that I did read almost all of these by the end of the year. The only exception was Midnight’s Children; I read The Brandons instead of High Rising because it was the only Barsetshire novel I could get from my library. I was disappointed by Poison and The Fault in Our Stars, but otherwise I enjoyed them all. Now, what should I read this winter?