Summer Reading List

Whether I’m sat beneath the warmth of the sun or curled up in blankets as it pours down with rain outside, there are few things that give me more joy in life than losing myself for hours in a good book. With the glorious expanse of a (mainly) responsibility-free summer stretching out before me, I’ve taken a moment to share with you the novels I’m hoping to work my way through over the next few weeks.

  1. The Trial – Franz Kafka
    This philosophical exploration of a “terror state” is top of my list this year – I’ve had to pack this into my suitcase already so I’m not tempted to read it before I go away!
  2. Room – Emma Donoghue
    I’m definitely very excited to read this: it fits perfectly into my favourite genre as an emotive thriller and stumbling across this in a charity shop felt like a blessing.
  3. The Land Where Lemons Grow – Helena Attlee
    The exotic, summery tone of this book seems perfect for the holidays and encapsulating the vibrancy of Italy, one of my favourite countries. While I don’t usually delve into the non-fiction section, this was a thoughtful gift from a friend and I’m grateful for the opportunity to expand my reading range.
  4. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
    Although arguably not my typical choice of reading material, this looks like an interesting divergence from my usual choices.
  5. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Having already read ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and absolutely loving it, I’m so excited to read it again a few years later and seeing how my perspective on the events in the novel may have changed as I’ve grown older, and to immerse myself in this wonderful but harrowing story for a second time.
  6. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
    I’ve previously struggled with understanding Catch 22 in the past, but I’m hoping this time round I’ll have more time (and patience) to understand such a complex and intellectual novel.
  7. Run For Your Life – James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
    I’m a big fan of James Patterson and adore most things of the crime or thriller genre so I’m readily anticipating the twists and turns that are bound to be uncovered throughout this book!
  8. Dubliners – James Joyce
    Again, another more “classic” read which I’m very intrigued about, especially after studying ‘Mrs Dalloway’ by Virginia Woolf for my English Literature A Level and exploring the influence Joyce had upon her writing.