You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is. ~ Tove Jansson
I’ve just realised that it’s a little over a week before summer officially starts. Where did the time go?
It’s been so tempting to skip the whole summer reading challenge thing, this year. Haven’t we been challenged enough already with this lock-down! But what can a reader do during a holiday, if not reading? So, I’m forging ahead and also invite anyone who’s up for reading to join me. Reading is a shared experience.
What is my criteria this year? As I shared in the previous post, travel is one of my interests. When I’m not travelling, I’m reminiscing about the last trip or planning the next. But for reasons we all know travel has been cancelled.
Instead I’m planning to embark on an arm-chair travel with some travelogue, memoir as well as fiction with a strong sense of place in order to satisfy my wanderlust.
I’m setting my goal low as I’ll also be catching up on creative writing, this summer. So, here is my pick:
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Bryson is one of my favourite travel writers. He is just hilarious and a pleasure to read! I’ve read quite a number of his books but not this one set in Australia.
- Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
It’s been sitting too long on my TBR. It’s time…
- Londoners by Craig Taylor
I think London’s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics. – Rachel Weisz
- Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Lisbon is one of the top 5 cities I’d like to visit soon. And Portuguese is one of the languages I’m interested in learning.
Below are two additional books I had already planned to read, and have nothing to do with travel:
- Riders of the Tempest: The Story of WE by H. Hennenburg
- The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy
This a second book in the series, and part of an autobiographical project by this writer. The Guardian claims the book is “not so much a memoir as an eloquent manifesto for what Levy calls “a new way of living.”
Are you reading this summer? How are you choosing your reads? Please do share!
Wishing you a lovely weekend! 🙂