Summer reads pt 1

Here are the books I would most like to read this summer. I have always felt that there is so many classics that I have to read, but since many of the classics can be quite heavy to read, the reading can sometimes feel too much like school. So, this summer I will spend time reading books I want to read, that are lighter and more summery.
(all descriptions are taken from bookdepository or shelfari)

Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides
"The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who recall their shared adolescense"

Terri Windling - The Wood Wife
"When prize-winning poet Davis Cooper died mysteriously in the canyons east of Tuscon, Arizona, he left his estate to Maggie Black, a young writer who knew him only from his letters. There, in his desert home, Maggie begins a journey of self-discovery that changes her forever, encounter terrible danger and passionate love, coming face to face with the wild spirits that inhabit the strange and magical place"

Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
"Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall though tht cracks, and Richard has become one of them. He must learn how to survive in this city of shadow and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London he knew."

Ken Follett: World Without End
"In the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. And they will live under the shadow of the unexplained killing they had witnessed"

George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones
"The first volume in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" trilogy which tells of the treachery, greed and war threatening the Seven Kingdoms south of the Wall. In a world scarred by battle and catastrophy, it describes the deeds of a people locked in conflict and the legacy they will leave their children."

Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle
"Cassandra Mortmain lives with her impoverished family in their crumbling castle. Her journal records her life with her bored sister Rose, her stepmotehr Topaz, her little briother Thomas and her novalist father who suffers from fiancially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when American heirs to castle arrive"

Ian McEwan - Solar
"Michael Bard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterehads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming"

Kate Morton - The Distant Hours
"Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect her mother's emotional distance masks and old secret"

John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids
"When a cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Mason is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control."

Karl Pilkington - Karlology
"Cult author Karl Pilkington is a man who thinks owing 1.777 acres of the moon is a good idea, and believes that the human testicles should be relocated to the earlobes. Maybe he's right. Perhaps his brand of wisdom and insight is what the world has been waiting for? This book takes you on the voyage though his strange yet mesmerising mind."

Karl Pilkington - Happyslapped by a jellyfish
"A collection of insights and anecdotes, diary entries, poems, "true" facts and cartoons on travel. It includes the author's reflections on life back in England, from Salford joy rides to what his girlfriend's mum and dad have for dinner on a Thursday"

Joss Whedon - Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 vol 1: The Long Way Home
"Since the destruction of the hellmouth, the Slayers - newly legion - have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead but. But not everything is fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains."

Bill Willingham - Fables vol 14: Witches
"While the meek flying monkey Bufkin is trapped in Fabletown's collepsed business office with the evil witch Baba Yaga, Freu Totenkinder and the withces of the Woodland's thirteenth floor prepare to deal with Mister Dark in what's left of Fabletown"

Bill Willingham - Fables vol 15: Rose Red
"Rose Red, sister of Snow White, has finally hit rock bottom. Does she stay there, or is it time to start the long, tortous long climb back up? The Farm is in chaos, as many factions compete to fill the voide of her missling leadership. And there's a big magical fight brewing down in town square, right under her window."


Meredith said...

Neverwhere is quite fun! Didn't enjoy it as much as some of Gaiman's short stories that I have read but good for summer reading. Especially entertaining if you're familiar with London landmarks.

Angie said...

Thanks for that post!!I'm going to read them all..:PP



Don't bother to pass by anytime..:)

tinekatrine said...

sv: ingen anelse :/

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