Summer reading list 2017

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So how many books do you read? For me during term time the answer to this question is not very many at all, I have this idea in my head that I will squeeze a few pages sat in bed before I fall asleep, but the truth is I usually end up falling asleep on the sofa.

Now that I am in the six week summer (have we told the weather) holiday I plan to devour as many books as I can; my aim is a minimum of one a week. So for those of you who are struggling with the maths, that is six books. No I don't really question your maths I just wanted to make this paragraph a little longer.

I have written this post once before, I searched as many reviews as I could to carefully pick out the books that I wanted to purchase, read and then review for you. I even got as far as adding all the pretty pictures and links, but then I remembered something. I have a lot to pay for this month, and I can't really justify buying yet more books.

With this in mind I decided to shop my bookshelves instead; I am terrible at buying books on impulse because they sound amazing and then not having the time to read them - see above. So to save a few pennies, and clear a little space (I like to pass on my books once I've finished with them) I checked out my own personal library, and this is what I found.

Summer reading list 2017

I have tried to give myself a mixture of genres, I could very easily lose myself in a world of "far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise" but then I would miss out on everything else the literary world has to offer. So yes there is a little bit of fantasy in the mix but I tried to go for a variety.

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

I'm not going to write about them in the order that I plan to read them, but I will start with Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland just because technically I started reading this a week before the holidays. The reason being I was I actually got to meet her; I attended a meet and great where Louise answered a few questions about the book and then signed copies. Obviously I had to start reading it as soon as I got home (that is a lie, I am getting old and after a day of work and then the event I was too tired to read it that night so I started reading it the next day). The book follows Robin Wilde through her adventures through life as a single mum, not something I can say I can relate to, but I love watching Louise's videos and I am hoping that her sense of humours shines through.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Last year I just happened to pick up a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, having never read any of his books before I feel in love with the world that he created that I vowed that I had to read everything that he has every read. So I have purchased a few for my Kindle as for a short time absolutely ages ago they were on offer and I picked a few up in my local Oxfam bookshop.

As I have spent so much time and effort collecting these books I had to include one in this list so I have gone with Neverwhere. "Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murders and angles, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks." So I think this will help satisfy my need for fantasy.

Living Dolls by Natasha Walter

Recently I started following Our Shared Shelf, for those of you who don't know is the community that Emma Watson launched as part of her work with UN Women to promote poetry, essays and books on equality. This sparked an interest in works focusing on women's rights, and I have ventured off into the world on my own. This is why I picked up a copy of Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter just because as a woman I face so many different stereotypes and comments like "typical female" that I want to read more.

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

Okay, maybe a little more fantasy sneaked into my reading list but it's Disney so that makes it justifiable. Tale As Old As Time by Liz Braswell is one of three of the Twisted Tales collection where the tradition Disney story has one major event changed completely turning the story upside down; in the case of this one the question is "what if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?" Of course the hype of the film hasn't passed as the DVD has only just been released and it is one of my favourites so I'm really looking forward to this one.

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is fulfilling the YA portion of the summer reading list. I don't really know what to say about this one, other than just every now and then I like to read a book which doesn't require me to think too much. That is no reflection on the book, but I have a stressful job I like to switch off.

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

Finally I am going with a modern classic, I fell in love with the exploits of Holly Golightly when I watched the film a few years ago but I thought it was finally time to read Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Of course I am a firm believer that the book is better than the film, so I am really looking forward to reading this.


So there we have it ladies and gentlemen my Summer reading list 2017. I would love to hear what you are reading this summer as I will need to restock my to read pile once I get through all of these.

Emma x


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