Gosh, it’s been a while since I last blogged! I feel very rusty after my unplanned and unintentional break – I think it’s been about six months now since I last posted anything. I don’t really have a reason… it started with an horrendous reading slump that lasted for the second half of last year. Then my reading came back but I had lost the blogging love a little bit, it was feeling a bit like too much pressure. Plus I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life which has taken up a lot of brain space. I’ve also been working on my physical health, which is so important and has been very worthwhile. Anyway, it has been so long now that I wasn’t sure I would ever come back to my blog but then my subconscious kept nagging at me that it was time to make my 20 Books of Summer list (run by Cathy at 746 Books), and with that I felt the pull to come back. So here I am, and hopefully I’m going to be getting back in the swing of things again!
Here is my stack of books that I hope to read over the next three months…
I’ve picked all physical books this time as I seem to be reading more print books than Kindle books at the moment so am keen to keep up with new purchases and trying to read backlist books too. Some of these books are huge so I fully expect to not read them all but these are the books that I’m most excited about reading.
So I’ve chosen one play – Angels in America by Tony Kushner. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2017 and I’m still as keen to read it as when I got it so hopefully this season is the time!
Then I’ve picked six non-fiction books. Friendaholic by Elizabeth Day which I treated myself to in the recent double points offer at Waterstones. Going Deaf for Living by Steve Lamacq, which I bought for my husband and he enjoyed it so much that I’m now really keen to read it. Boyfriends by Michael Pedersen – a birthday present this year so I’d love to get to it very soon. Friends and Enemies by Barbara Amiel, which I bought on the recommendation of a book seller in a book shop recently. Surrender by Bono, which my husband gave me for Christmas last year. And finally Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean, which I’ve also had on my TBR since 2017 even though I love books about space travel so I definitely need to prioritise this one!
And then I have thirteen novels to read my way through! Maggie O’Farrell’s The Marriage Portrait is the book I’m most keen to get to as I love her work and can’t believe that I’ve owned this since the day it was published and haven’t read it yet. I need to stop saving books and actually read them! Becky by Sarah May is another pre-order that I made and yet still haven’t read the book but I’m so keen to. Ruth and Pen by Emilie Pine was a gift from my husband to cheer me up a few weeks ago. I loved the author’s non-fiction book Notes to Self so am keen to read her novel. Weyward by Emilia Hart is a book I bought after hearing so many good things about it – plus it’s such a pretty looking book! Babel by R. F. Kuang is my recent FOMO purchase as I’ve heard so much hype around it that I simply need to know more about this novel! I treated myself to Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus after spotting the Waterstones edition with the gorgeous sprayed edges! Assembly by Natasha Brown was a gift so I really want to read it soon. My husband bought me The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki for my birthday last year and I couldn’t get into it but I feel like it’s a book that I will enjoy if I pick it up at a better time so I want to give it another go. Flamingo by Rachel Elliot, Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E Schwaub and The Promise by Damon Galgut were all recent charity shop finds which I was thrilled to find as all were on my wish list. The final book on my list is the new 30th anniversary edition of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which was a gift from my husband. This is one of my favourite books – I read it as a young teenager when it was first published and I re-read it about twenty years ago and loved it just as much. So now I’m in my 40s I’m definitely overdue another read and I just hope I still love it.
So there we have it, my 20 Books of Summer reading plans. I hope to manage at least some of these books and I really hope to be blogging more regularly from now on.
Here’s to a great summer of reading! 🙂