Summer Reading List
Happy Summer, lovely readers! Hopefully you’re all enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, I wanted to share my summer reading list. Some of these books are quite long so I’m not sure I’ll make it through the entire list. There are a few suggestions in case you’ve read the books on my list. Also check out the summer issue of the Paris Review, which features an interview with one of my favorite writers, Ali Smith.
The first book on my list is The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. This long awaited novel is set in India, The story follows Anjum, a transgender woman who lives in Delhi and Tilo, an illegitimiate child of an Untouchable man and Syrian Christian woman. While I can’t give a full review because I am still reading it, the prose is mesmerizing. Also I’m fascinated with Anja’s Hijra community. I highly recommend it. You can find it here and here:
My second book is a thriller. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. A single mother ends up dead at the bottom of the river. There was a similar death earlier that summer, but these women weren’t the only ones to meet such a fate. The town’s secrets and history emerge. The Girl on the Train was fantastic, I read the entire book while waiting for my delayed flight and while on the plane; I couldn’t put it down. I suspect Into the Water will be filled with suspense. Will be reading it later this summer. Available at Barnes & Noble and Waterstones.
The third book is nonfiction. Jean Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks. Basquiat is one of my favorite artists, which is why I am curious about his notebooks. I’d like to see how he played with words and images, what were the meanings behind the images, and uncover more about this great painter. Check it out here.
Here’s my one suggestion, read Ali Smith’s Hotel World. It’s absolutely brilliant, I was captivated with how time moves within her novel. I think it’s a perfect summer holiday read. I’ve read it so many times and recommend her book to you. You can order it here.
In the meantime if anyone can suggest a good biography of Modigliani, do share. I’ve been searching for months and so far everything is out of print.