It’s coming: summer will be upon us. Soon we’ll have long warm days with sunshine, Pimm’s, and reading. *Fingers crossed* I will have found the perfect literary agent who will then find the perfect publisher for my manuscript (seriously, cross your fingers). Summer is the perfect time to do some reading. I have a list of fantastic books that I plan to read. Here we go.
War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robins and Gavin Kovite. This book comes out in May, but can be pre-ordered now. I’ve written about War of the Encyclopaedists in previous posts, it’s my must read and I can’t wait to get a copy. Check it out here.
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis. This is a spectacular collection of short stories from Man Booker Prize winner, Lydia Davis. I’m currently immersed in these remarkable stories and find her sparse prose refreshing. Davis evokes a dreamlike quality that is both striking and brief. Check it out here and here.
The End of the Story by Lydia Davis (Hamish Hamilton). Davis’s only novel The End of the Story consists of an unnamed narrator putting together the fragmented memories of a love affair and what went wrong. She tries to look at herself and the past, which reveals how elusive memories are. I read this recently but it’s only just been published in the UK. You can order it here. Read an extract from the novel here.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. This is Didion’s very first nonfiction work. It was published forty years ago but this collection of essays is as relevant today as it was then. Didion depicts the counterculture movement and paints an accurate picture of America in the sixties. I admire Didion’s work, her intentions to understand her subject leads to thought provoking essays. Then there’s the enviable prose…you can find it here.
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. I have been meaning to read this novel two years. It won the Costa Book Award in 2013. Ursula Todd is reborn each time she dies. This is all I know, so maybe we’ll read it together. My only hesitation is the 560 pages, it’s why I haven’t read it yet. However, I’ve heard so many good things about this book I’m almost ready to dive in. You can find it here.
Styles of Radical Will by Susan Sontag. This collection of essays includes some of Sontag’s most important works. If you love literature and haven’t read this, summer is the perfect time. Have a look here.
Why This World by Benjamin Moser. Recently I read Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star, it is truly brilliant. I grew curious about the author and discovered a biography by Benjamin Moser. Now it’s on my summer reading list. You can find it here.