I am quite the bookworm and so are my co-bloggers. After I discovered the John Harvard library right opposite our flat I was super excited. These are some of the books I read over the summer – the best ones make this list.
1. The End of Everything by Megan Abbott – so this book was a mistake. I took it for my beach holiday with the impression its a fun young adult read about teenage girls and their school and life and so on. It turned out to be something quite different – dark, slightly disturbing and little bit shocking. Its pretty much the kind of book I really enjoy – makes you feel very uneasy. Rest assured if it had been the beach book I had thought it was it would probably not make it to this list. I went to the library and got every other book written by her. Some creepy days (and nights) ahead.
2. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – I love Judy Blume. She is one of my favourite writers and her Summer Sisters is my all-time favourite book. I read it every year, once a year. With all honesty, I would not recommend this book as the first Judy Blume book to read to anyone but for a loyal reader, its a must.
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – There is enough on the internet about the Goldfinch without me adding to that noise. A epic story – the kind I like. I am now hunting down every other Donna Tartt book starting with The Secret History.
4. Farfetch Curates Design – Let me assure you that if you think this book will help you do up your space – well, it will not (try this instead!). Its a beautiful design book and not meant to be a practical guide. Some of the highlights were what I expect from any quality coffee table or design book – beautiful sharp photographs, concise, relevant writing and thick glossy paper which gives it a luxurious feel. However, the thing I enjoyed the most about this one was the variety. Variety both in terms of the type of design and space covered (including public toilets, bus stops, palaces, hotels and beach houses) as well as the different parts of the world covered (from more expected and obvious design destinations Norway, Barcelona and Berlin to the unexpected Taipei, Jakarta, Jaipur and Oman). If you are interested in design, its a great coffee table book to have and flip through. I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through this with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning.
5. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – This book has a lot of history, lot of controversy, lot of opinions. It would be pointless to add mine but all I can suggest is that if you read this, do so with an open mind and no preconceived notions about what a second (rather first) Harper Lee book should be like. And forget about To Kill a Mockingbird.
Let me know the books that made your summer favourite list? It would also be great to know what you thought of the books I mentioned in case you have read them already.