Books of Summer

You guys know I love a reading challenge but when it comes to sticking with a list of to be read books, well that’s when things usually don’t end up going well but I’m caught up in the excitement about 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. I decided to join in with a list of 10 books and focus on books I’ve had on my shelves for a long time and to make things a bit easier on me I also chose fairly slim novels. I know I can swap out books but I’d like to commit to these titles.

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. A thriller about a couple headed for catastrophe.

Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham. A delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars. I thought it would be a good idea to add a classic in this bunch.

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Allison Markin Powell. I think this may be the book I’ve had the least amount of time and it’s from 2017. A thrift shop that sells commonplace objects but which hold secrets of their own.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy. A story where the main character is trying to solve a mystery however she’s becoming forgetful.

A Handbook to Luck by Cristina Garcia. In the late 60s, three teenagers from around the globe are making their way in the world.

A Heart of Stone by Renate Dorrestein, translated by Hester Velmans. A dramatic coming-of-age story with a mystery at it’s center set in Holland.

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer. Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family, liberal whites, are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge.

Real People by Alison Lurie. A story set in Illyria, a luxurious retreat for successful and not-so-successful writers, painters and musicians. I’ve had this book on my shelves since 2005!

A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark. Mrs. Hawkins takes us well in hand and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. There’s blackmail, anonymous letters and suicide but Mrs. Hawkins will set about to put things in order.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, translated by Alan R. Clarke. A fable about following your dreams. I think I’m the last person to read this book right?

So let me know what you think of my choices. Is there one you think I should start with first? I hope I can stick to them and I hope I can actually finish these books this summer.

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