It’s become a bit of a tradition of mine to do an annual Summer Reading List on my blog. I have always enjoyed reading, and the summer holidays are always the best time to get loads of reading done, especially when you’re an English Literature student and need the summer to catch up on reading before the term starts again! So, without any further ado, these are the books I plan to read this summer!
So the first three books I’m going to start off with are ones I’m actually already reading, and they are:
On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I’m like halfway through this book so far, and honestly, I’m struggling to find the motivation to finish it. I’m not sure what it is about the book, because it’s not a bad book, but there’s something about it which hasn’t really grabbed me yet. I have a really bad track record of not finishing books, and I’m trying to make sure I finish them more often now, so hopefully I will end up finishing this book by the end of the summer!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland, and the main reason I’m reading it is for my dissertation, and I’m definitely enjoying it so far! I’ve now finished Alice’s Adventures and am on to Through the Looking Glass so I’m looking forward to finally saying that I’ve read the book! But because it’s for my dissertation, I feel like I’m going to be re-reading this several times over the next year and hopefully it won’t ruin the book too much for me once I’ve actually finished my dissertation…
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I’ve never read Lolita, but I’ve heard so much about it, and the main reason I’m reading it is for university (not for my dissertation though!) I downloaded it on my Kindle with the Audible thing that you can get as well, and I think listening to it makes it a bit easier to concentrate on the actual text, but I’m only like 20 pages in. I’ve never listened to a book before, so it’s been quite interesting reading and listening to a text at the same time, but I think it’ll definitely be useful for when I go to South Africa next week, because I’ve got about ten hours of listening time left (apparently) and the flight is about twelve hours, so…
Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About a Boy by Nick Hornby
The next three books are ones I need to read for one of my modules (surprisingly, I need to read Lolita for the same module but hey). I think I’m most excited to read About a Boy because I absolutely bloody love the film so I’ve got high hopes for it! I’ve heard a lot of great things about Nick Hornby’s books so I am also looking forward to reading the other two books on this list too.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I’ve been meaning to read this for years. I haven’t even watched the TV series that came out recently, because I wanted to read the book first (but knowing me, I’m probably not going to watch the series until next summer). So many people have said how it’s such a great feminist text, and how it’s especially relevant in today’s society as well so I really need to get my butt into gear and actually try and read something for fun this summer! (Although, is “fun” really the right word for this book? It sounds very serious)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is another book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, and similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s one that is relevant in today’s world for a very different reason. I’m not going to go to much into the plot, but it sounds like an incredibly powerful text and very eye opening too for people who live outside of America, and the communities who deal with these problems and situations on a regular basis.
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
This is another one I need to read for my dissertation and I remember when I was little, my mum always tried reading it to me and my sister, but I don’t think we ever paid much attention to it, so we never got to the end of the book- much to my mum’s disappointment, as it was her favourite book as a child! However, I do plan on reading it this summer (not that I have much choice) and hopefully I will enjoy it more than when I was little! I don’t actually know too much about the plot but I’m optimistic that it will be an enjoyable read!
So those are the main books I plan to read over the summer! There are a few more which I need to read for different modules etc which I haven’t included on this list, but that’s because this list would go on forever and ever if I included every book I need to read, so I thought it would be best to leave it there for now, and see how I get on!
How many of these books have you read? Which was your favourite? Are any of these on your Summer TBR? Let me know in the comments!