Summer Reading List


Collage of flowers

I’ve had an annual summer reading list for possibly the last 30 years. Ever the bookworm I was known for regularly having my nose stuck in-between pages, no noise coming from my direction except the faint flick of turning paper. Gone, for now, are the days when I could devour a novel in a day or two though. This year my list is slimmed down to only six books, one of which is a screenplay, and even then I’m left wondering if they might slip over the end of summer and be keeping me company in the longer autumnal nights. One thing’s for sure though, along with a good sprinkling of poetry that I dip into on an almost daily basis, they will be read!

My pile of books lined up for reading

So, here are the six books that I am hoping to read whilst the summer months are with us:

1. The Kingmaker’s Daughter, Philippa Gregory

I love Philippa Gregory’s novels. Mostly because I love history, especially all things Plantagenet and Tudor, and she brings it to life in such an interesting but factual manner. Of course there is a little artistic license, but learning more about a period in time that I am fascinated by, is always on my list.

2. Arthur, Mikael Lindnord

The tale of a stray dog who followed the captain of a Swedish adventure racing team sounds like the kind of heart-warming story that should sit at the top of many reading lists. Illustrated with photographs of their travels, I can’t wait to get stuck into this!

3. M Train, Patti Smith

Singer songwriter Patti Smith has turned her hand to writing a memoir and, based on the recommendation of a friend, it sounds as though it will be very good. I like having a mix of genres on any reading lists that I create for myself and I hope that this will be as engaging as other books in this category of literature, like the fantastic Mayor of MacDougal Street which I thoroughly enjoyed.

4. Sweet Caress, William Boyd

Recommended to me by an author as a must read, I felt compelled to add this to my summer reading list this year. I can’t wait to get lost in its pages.

5. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr

Like many children before me, and my children now, I grew up on the stories of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog tales. Since watching a documentary of Judith Kerr I have been interested to read her adult novels too. Kerr’s When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is wrapped up as fiction, but is based on her real-life experiences of fleeing Germany in the 1930s when she was nine years old.

6. Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt

It took me a few years to really get into reading plays for pleasure, but once I’d started (probably around twenty years ago now!) I find them as irresistible as reading poetry. This enthusiasm has passed on to reading screenplays too. I have already watched the film of Little Miss Sunshine but am looking forward to reading the screenplay and perhaps even finding time to rewatch the film afterwards…

So there they are! Six books that I’m aiming to read over the next few weeks. No doubt I will get distracted by other stories along the way but I am looking forward to getting immersed in them all.

Which books have I missed? What has made your summer reading list or you think is a must read for me? As always, I’d love to hear from you!