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Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read list

I have long waited for this post. I have great reading plans for the summer, basically to keep myself busy and therefore, sane. But time will tell if I do any of the readings here, because it’s a pretty ambitious and heavy list 🙂


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1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir.- I cannot call myself a feminist without having read this masterpiece. Also, after some talking I realized that my own ideas pretty much follow de Beauvoir’s without me knowing it.


2. The Murder of Roger Acrkoyd by Agatha Christie.- I read somewhere that this story has the best and most unexpected ending ever. I got the e-book, so I will be using my e-reader with whom I have a love-hate relationship.


3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck.- In Confessions of a Sociopath, the author described Cathy as a psychopath. I have no idea what the book is about, but I can’t wait to get to know one of America’s most well-known and loved novels.


4. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.- Everyone I trust loves Wolitzer, so it is about time that I give her a try.


5. The Magus by John Fowles.- This was a compulsory reading for my Modern English Literature course and I didn’t finish it, although I did a lot of reasearch to cover up for not having read it. Back then I thought I didn’t have the time, so what will happen now that I have it?


6. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.- I loved The Cuckoo’s Calling and I’ve been promised a review copy by the publishers.


7. My Baby Shot me Down (anthology).- Last week I was sent an email by the publisher offering me this anthology containing prose and verse by ten new women authors. I can’t wait to discover new talent!


8. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.- Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, recommended this to me and my wonderful boyfriend bought it for me. The problem? It is so inspiring I just wished to write and write and during the academic year I found this impossible. This summer I do hope to do some creative writing.


9. Something by Margaret Atwood.- Because she’s so amazing and inspiring. I am afraid of running out of Margaret Atwood titles to read, but it’s been more than two years since I read one of her novels.


10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.- Another American classic, this time written by a woman and with a female main character. I know almost nothing about the story, but since I love the South so much, I know I need to read this as soon as possible. Also, I got the 75th anniversary edition and it’s wonderful.




  • Rebecca

    First a belated congratulations to you, and best wishes for a summer filled of books of your choice!

    I’m a big fan of Bird by Bird, and East of Eden is a big, sweeping story that I enjoyed reading and discussing with my book club. I’ve tried and failed finishing The Second Sex, I really like Wolitzer’s books but haven’t read The Interestings (lots of smart women), and I keep meaning to read Cuckoo. I look forward to your reviews.

    • Elena

      Thanks, Rebecca! Everyone thinks Bird by Bird is an amazing book and the few pages that I did read prove that. Hope to see you around to discuss East of Eden 🙂

  • Sadie

    East of Eden is fantastic! And maybe I’ll read Roger Ackroyd with you, it’s been sitting on my shelf for years.

    • Elena

      Thanks, Susan. I hadn’t thought it was eclectic, but now that you say it…

      Did you actually enjoy The Magus? I remember feeling lost and claustrophobic while trying to read it four years ago. But maybe I wasn’t mature enough to appreciate it?

  • yasmine rose

    This is a very impressive summer reading list! I started The Second Sex at the beginning of the year but didn’t get very far I think it’s about time I picked it up again! I have had The Interestings on my wish list for a while now it will be interesting to see what you think. Good luck!

    • Elena

      Thanks, Yasmine. The size of the book is already scary and if you take into account what a landmark in feminist theory is, then it’s double scary! Thanks for the good luck.

  • naomifrisby

    I’ve just added Bird by Bird to my list! I loved The Interestings, as you know, so looking forward to seeing what you think. Gone with the Wind is wonderful to get caught up in but very much of its time. I’m impressed you’re going to read The Second Sex it’s been on my list for ages.

    Hope you manage to find time for your own writing too.

    • Elena

      Can’t wait to hear what you think about Bird by Bird, especially taking into account I know you do some creative writing as well. And yes, people have warned me about Gone with the Wind, let’s see if I can cope with 19th-century Southern values 😛

      I need to read The Second Sex. I am so interested in gender studies and feminism and, for what I’ve read, I very much think like de Beauvoir, so I hope to find a kind of “bible” or at least, an icon there.

  • Alex

    An ambitious list. I must think about drawing up something similar for myself. I’m also looking forward to ‘The Silkworm’. I was halfway through ‘A Cuckoo Calling’ when it was revealed who the author actually was. I was so relieved because I knew I had read something by the writer before but had been mentally flicking through all my crime writing favourites and never given Rowling a thought.

    • Elena

      H! I love your anecdote about The Cuckoo’s Calling 🙂 Do you think it changed how you rated the book?

      And yes, pretty ambitious, or rather, scary-ambitious!

      • Alex

        No, I was already really enjoying it and as I love Rowling (who I think is one of the great plotters) I just went on feeling pretty much the same about it. I was particularly interested because just before I’d done a post asking where all our UK PIs were.

  • priscilla

    The Magus is so, so good. I added The Blind Assassin to my Summer TBR list–I started it years ago and got halfway through and got distracted by none other than a Gone with the Wind read-along. The last one I read of hers was Oryx & Crake so I felt it was time to get back to it. Enjoy!

    • Elena

      Thanks! Most of you love The Magus, so I’m very excited to give it a second try, or rather, actually devote time to read it this time.

  • amanda

    Sounds like a great (fun) list! I don’t think I’ve read most of these (any? can’t remember if I’ve read the Christie title or not…), but I’ve heard good things about many of them. I did really like the Steinbeck I’ve read (Grapes of Wrath & Of Mice and Men) but that’s been 15 years ago now. (Eek! That long?!)

    • Elena

      I only read some selected chapters back in college from The Grapes of Wrath and they were great, but I didn’t read the whole book.

  • jacquiwine

    I like the diversity of your summer reading list – I have a couple of Atwood’s books on my own shelves, and it’s been a couple of years since I read one of her novels so I might try The Handmaid’s Tale. The Steinbeck – East of Eden – appeals to me, too. I’m also planning to read two or three books for Stu and Richard’s Spanish Lit Month in July.

  • jacquiwine

    Funnily enough, I bought Nada following Claire (at Word by Word) and your reviews! I’ll be posting on it in a week or two. Would you happy for me to include a link to your review?
    Great to hear you’re enjoying East of Eden.

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