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Summer 2017

After 3 months, 4 cities, more than 5 different bedrooms, and lots of trains, buses, and airplanes I’m finally home and ready to enjoy it. Even though I still have some PhD work to do, I plan on taking some time off next month – still to be negotiated with my supervisors – to enjoy my family, cook, go for walks, spend my days at the beach, and read, read, read. As I have received lots of review copies when I was away, I already have a pile of TBR summer books. I do not think any of the books that I have chosen will be in any ‘Summer 2017 Books’ list online, but I think it’s about time to do some backlist reading:


Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – After the success of Big Little Lies and Reese Witherspoon’s HBO adaptation I can’t wait to read Moriarty latest book. I was reminded of this novel during my visit to England, as the paperback edition is already out.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware – I got an unexpected review copy of Ware’s latest novel while I was away, and it made me really happy as I have only read great things online, all by people whose taste I trust. I also enjoyed Ware’s previous novels, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and The Woman in Cabin 10.

Final Girls by Riley Sager – According to Master of Evil (and proud Human to Molly, aka The Thing of Evil) Stephen King, Final Girls is going to be one of the books of 2017. I love a good crime/mystery focused on young women, and I must admit I’m a sucker for pink covers and editions.

The Mitfords. Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley – I bought this book for a feminist book club I joined last fall, but then they decided to move the reading to Spring when it would be impossible for me to join them. However, the book has been on my radar ever since, and I have kept it at the top of my TBR pile waiting for the perfect moment to enjoy some high-quality non-fiction.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler – I saw this book at Waterstones in Bath and I knew I had to read it. It usually comes recommended to anyone who enjoyed Emma Cline’s The Girls, and Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers, so it sounds like a winner for me!

Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui – I first heard about this book during my MA, when one of my lecturers brought an excerpt in which the Chinese young female protagonist reflects on her relationship with a German, married man, and compares her feelings to those of Sylvia Plath’s. As you can imagine, I was sold then. I recently found the book at a local second-hand bookshop (in Spanish) and I had to buy it.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund – This was the book everyone was talking about during my last visit to England last year. It was described as very dark, and twisted. I did not know if it was up my alley, but as I got sent a paperback review copy, I thought it’d be perfect to carry around and enjoy some death, blood, and darkness while travelling this summer.

What about you? Are you looking forward to reading any books this summer?



  • MarinaSofia

    Great minds think alike! I’ve also been planning my summer reading. Although I have no doubt there will be some last-minute changes. Hope you have a bit of time to breathe and catch up with friends and relax, as well as read.

    • Elena

      Oh well, I’m the queen of last-minute changes when it comes to reading. I sometimes feel like I NEED to read a book, and none other will be of any use. Maybe I’m just whimsical. Hope you have time to relax, meet with friends and just be happy too xx

  • inessotrondio

    Sounds great!! 😊 I’m planning to read a lot this summer… for my PhD πŸ˜…. Anyway, the books I shall read seem really interesting, so I’m happy about it. I recently read two poem books from young Spanish writers and I loved them 😊. Enjoy your summer! xxx

      • inessotrondio

        Absolutely! 😊 I try to balance everything: going out in the evenings a little bit is really important for me. I usually go for a walk with my friends and afterwards we have coffee together 😊😊. It’s the best way for not going mad with the thesis haha 😊xxx.

  • JacquiWine

    The Mitfords sounds good. Funnily enough, a friend chose a different book about the sisters (Mary S Lovell’s The Mitford Girls) for my old book group a few years ago. Not necessarily a book I would have chosen for myself, but it turned out to be a really interesting read nonetheless. What fascinating lives they must have led!

    • Elena

      As a foreigner, it is really interesting for me to read about the Mitfords, as they seem to be pretty popular with contemporary young feminist so I can’t wait to read the book. Maybe I’m setting the bar too high on this one?

  • Laila@BigReadingLife

    I didn’t even know Ware had a new book coming out – where have I been?? Thanks! Got myself on the hold list at the library.

    I keep meaning to read a biography of the Mitfords but I tend to put off nonfiction. Interesting family!

    I really enjoyed Sweetbitter. I know some didn’t, though.

  • Alice

    What a lovely selection, I hope you get all the time off you need to chill out, read them and see your family and friends.

    I’ve got a whole shelf full of books I need to read this summer, but I imagine I’ll end up buying more to read.

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