My exams are over, my fate is sealed. Now, to distract me from the every burning pain of waiting for my A-level results, I’m hoping to read quite a few books over the upcoming few months. Summer always tends to be the time of year when I end up barely reading anything, despite the massive amounts of time I spend doing literally nothing (case in point: I’m writing this in bed), but I’m hoping to change that this year.
What I’m Currently Reading:
She-Wolves by Elizabeth Norton
This is a book that I’ve had for a while – I actually used it for an extension qualification I did during my A-levels (an EPQ, for those of you who understand British-education lingo), so I’ve read part of it. It’s a book that focuses on the stories and lives of ‘She-Wolves of early British history, going from the Anglo-Saxon era to the late Tudor period.
So far, it is very dense, but I’m enjoying how it contains lots of primary sources so you can see the evidence for yourself. You probably wouldn’t enjoy this if you weren’t hella into history, specifically history about reigning women in the earlier periods of English history, but I’m hoping this will turn out to have a positive review!
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
I reviewed Annihilation by the same author (the first book in this trilogy) back a few months ago, which I loved. I’m a massive fan of the sci-fi/horror genre (I don’t know if there’s an official term for that or not), so when I found out that it was the first of a trilogy, I was super excited.
This one is suffering from ‘middle-book-syndrome’ a little, and definitely isn’t looking like it’ll be as good as Annihilation, but I am hoping it’ll pick up a little.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
I’m reading this book on my Kindle; I haven’t picked it up for a little while (mostly because I ended up borrowing about ten books from my local library last week…), but as The Martian Chronicles are a collection of short stories, I don’t see any harm in leaving it aside for a while. I’m about 25% of the way through, so I don’t have many opinions, but I love Ray Bradbury (this song pretty much sums it up), and I’m loving it so far.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I always see summer as an opportunity to finish classic books, even though that never really works out as such. But I’m trying out Persuasion, after loving Pride and Prejudice last year and being told that Persuasion is better. Once again, no real opinions as of yet, but it remains to see.
What I Want To Read:
It by Stephen King
After the film last year, this book definitely had another surge in popularity, which is when I decided to buy it. It’s a mammoth book, but considering I finished Gone With the Wind a couple of weeks ago, I feel like this is more of a reachable goal.
Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
I got this book from a charity shop recently, after loving The Catcher in the Rye when I read it, back in 2016. He hasn’t written much else, so I’m hoping this will fulfil my need for more of Salinger’s writings.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
I recently stored away my hard copy of this book, but I still own a digital ebook edition on my Kindle. Once again, I’m hoping to read more ‘classic’ books this summer, and I’m thinking that Orlando might be a little easier to wrangle with, as it’s a more modern classic.
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
I adore Daphne du Maurier. She is my queen, my true love, the author of my favourite book OF ALL TIME, Rebecca. The House on the Strand is a book I’ve owned for quite a while, and I actually have it in the first edition hardcover with the dustjacket thanks to a very useful local bookshop.
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
I finally finished A Game of Thrones last week (expect a review of that soon) after two years of painful hard work. That was mostly because I decided it was too good an opportunity to pass up £1 for every other A Song of Ice and Fire book. So, A Clash of Kings is also on my to-read list this summer.
What other books should I read this month? Comment below and let me know!