No better way to spend a lazy, sunny(!) May Bank Holiday planning summer reading. The reason I opted for 15 books of summer, not the full 20 will become clear in a moment.
To Be Read In June
1. Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout (Most anticipated novel from the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist)
2. White Tears – Hari Kunzru (Most anticipated novel from the 2018 James Tait Black Shortlist)
3. The Wardrobe Mistress – Patrick McGrath (Most anticipated novel from the 2018 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist)
4. How To Be A Public Author – Francis Plug (Something Man Booker related for the month in which the Golden Man Booker will be awarded.)
5. Flights – Olga Tokarczuk (Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize)
6. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tyspkin (Because I’m going there!)
7. The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoevsky (The novel he wrote while in Baden-Baden)
8. Chekhov – Collected Stories Vol 2 (To keep me on schedule with this.)
9. Strangers – Ursula Archer / Arno Strobel (Because Ursula Archer aka Poznanski wrote it)
To Be Read in July
10. The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben (Perfect for a sojourn in the Black Forest)
11. The Sound of One Hand Killing – Theresa Solana (for #spanishlitmonth)
12. The Last Resort – Carmen Posadas (for #spanishlitmonth)
13. Fish Soup – Margarita Garcia Robayo (for #spanishlitmonth)
14. Painter to A King – Amy Sackville (Let’s keep the Spanish theme going with Sackville’s historical novel concerning Velasquez.)
15. Edinburgh Forever – Miguel Sanchez Medrano (A story of Spanish immigrants in Edinburgh, and the perfect transition read with the Edinburgh Book Festival on the horizon.)
To be read in August
August reading will be entirely devoted to Edinburgh Book Festival reading, and as the programme isn’t published until June 7th, who can possibly predict what August reading will entail?
The real question is whether I can even predict what I’ll be reading during June and July. Time will tell.
20 Books of Summer is hosted by Cathy at 746books.com.