Summer is upon us and I’m really looking forward to reading in the sunshine. I thought it might be nice to put together a Summer TBR as a kind of mini challenge. Over the last few weeks I bought quite a few novels, so this way I hope to make sure I’m reading them as soon as possible (and not buying more books instead). Want to see what’s on the list?
I compiled a list of 10 books to read this summer. Feel free to share your own reading plans for the summer in the comment section below.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
About a mother and daughter receiving paying guests in London, 1922 (Goodreads). I’ve already read about one third of this novel and I liked it thus far, although I was a bit surprised by the lesbian relationship (not in a negative way, just surprised).
The Fellowship Of The Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
First in a series of three about Middle Earth and the fellowship that heads out to destroy the ring of power (Goodreads). I already told you that I’ve never read the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy, having failed to finish the second part of The Two Towers. I’m going to give it another try, however, and to make things interesting I purchased a beautiful hardcover edition of the first book in the trilogy.
The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard
First in a series of five about the Cazalet family (Goodreads). I bought this book two months ago and really want to start reading this series now. It sounds interesting and although I’m not really a fan of World War II books, I was drawn by the fact that it was presented as a family saga.
1984 by George Orwell
One of the first and still popular dystopian novels (Goodreads). Last March I read my first Orwell novel, Animal Farm, and it was a pleasant encounter, so I’m looking forward to reading 1984 as well.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Novel about ‘a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die’ (Goodreads). I wouldn’t normally pick a book like this up, but in just one week this book was recommended to me twice, so I had to give this a try. And to be honest, it sounds interesting!
Very Good Lives and The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
Okay, I sneaked in an extra one here, but Very Good Lives is just a small novel and an adaptation of a speech Rowling held in 2008 (Goodreads). The Casual Vacancy, ‘a big novel about a small town’, is a novel I’m very looking forward to reading (Goodreads). Rowling is one of my all time favourite authors and a very inspiring woman.
Prince Caspian, The Horse And His Boy and The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Three volumes of the Narnia series. I purchased this one together with The Horse And His Boy and The Last Battle. I’m really looking forward to reading them, because I enjoyed The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader so much …
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oh yes! I’ve read four Austen novels so far (Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility) and I’m really glad I bought Northanger Abbey (in a stunning Vintage Classics edition, by the way!). I loved the BBC adaptation and I think I’m going to love the character of Catherine Morland!
So, this is going to be my summer TBR. Normally, I don’t like to pin myself down to reading certain books, but I thought it was fun to compile a list as kind of a guide line. I hope you enjoyed it!
What books are on your summer TBR list?