My 10 Books of Summer


Cathy over at 746Books is hosting her 20 Books of Summer challenge for the second year. I briefly considered going for 20 books myself, but I decided to go with 10 books instead, like I did last year.

I wanted to wait until after my trip to the Book Expo yesterday to assemble my list. Of the ten books I had hoped to meet at BEA, I only got one: The Story of My Teeth. But it is the one I was most hoping for, so I am happy and grateful. (I also got to chat with CJ from ebookclassics and Laura from Reading in Bed, which was wonderful!)

Without further ado, here is my list for the summer:

  1. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell: Yes, this read-along started a month ago already, but I am only 200 pages in. With 800 pages to go, I have to include this one on the list.
  2. Naomi, Junichiro Tanizaki: Dolce Belleza is hosting her Japanese Literature challenge again this year, and I’m looking forward to reading this one with her in June. (Want to join us?)
  3. West With the Night, Beryl Markham: This one is for my TBR Pile Challenge and in preparation for the much-anticipated new novel by Paula McLain.
  4. Circling the Sun, Paula McLain: I hope I’ll like this one as much as McLain’s previous book, The Paris Wife.
  5. On Slavery and Abolition, Sarah and Angelina Grimké: Not too long ago, I read Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, which is about Sarah Grimké. I was so happy to find out afterwards that Penguin Classics has published a book with the collected writing of the Grimké sisters.
  6. The Book of Happiness, Nina Berberova: August is Women in Translation (WIT) month, and this one, published in 2002 in Russia, fits the bill.
  7. After the Divorce, Grazia Deledda: Another WITMonth candidate, this was originally published in Italy in 1902.
  8. Touch, Adania Shibli: While we’re at it, why not some translated literature from Palestine?
  9. The End of Days, Jenny Erpenbeck: She just won the Independent Foreign Fiction Price, not just the official one but also the one from the shadow jury.
  10. The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli: Well, of course, I got the book…

Oh, and The Socratic Salon is discussing Girl at War by Sara Novic at the end of June. I guess I’ll be reading 10+1 books.

Happy Reading to All!




  1. What a great list! I’m planning on doing the twenty books but have started by listing ten of them – the commitment was just too much 😉 So looking forward of seeing how everyone gets on.

  2. I’ve jumped in whole hog with 20 books of summer/winter although like you I’ve included books that I’ve already started like GWTW 🙂

  3. I’m thinking of joining in on this; making a list of summer reads might help me make headway on my other challenges — and review obligations. Thanks for posting!

  4. what a great list! looking fowards to hearing your thoughts on them. I have Gone with the Wind on tbr shelf but the size puts me off, perhaps I’ll be tempted to finally pick it up!

    Mt 10 books of summer:

  5. There are so many good books on this list! And, I’m feeling very tempted to read Naomi along with you (it must be good, after all, with such a great title), but it’s not at my library, so I would have to buy it to read it in time. So, we’ll see…
    I’d love to hear more about your time at BEA – fun that you got to meet C.J. and Laura!

    • I hope you can join us! You’re right, with a title like that, the book has to be great. 🙂 Maybe you can look for an inexpensive used copy of the book? (The Tuttle edition is beautiful!) BEA was great, and have would probably been even better if I hadn’t forgotten my planner at home. I’m thinking about posting a little more about it next week.

  6. Great list! Thanks so much for joining in the fun! I didn’t realise that there was a Japanese Literature Month on, I may link up to that as well with either the Yoko Ogawa or the Natsuo Kirino – or both! Here’s to a great summer.

  7. I was very impressed with Circling the Sun; I liked it just about as much as The Paris Wife. Just like I wanted to read more of Hemingway after I finished The Paris Wife, I wanted to read Beryl Markham (again) after Circling The Sun.

    So looking forward to reading Naomi with you this June! I’m thinking we’ll put up our thoughts at the end of the month, right?

    And, how absolutely thrilling that Jenny Erpenbeck’s End of Days won the IFFP this year! I was ecstatic to read the announcement yesterday, especially as last year the prize winner was a truly awful book. Anyway, I know you’ll love End of Days. It’s fabulous.

    • I remember your great reviews of Circling the Sun and End of Days, so I am really looking forward to reading these two books. And yes, Naomi at the end of June works well. I dug out my edition over the weekend. I had forgotten how beautiful it is, so I was happy to put it on the night table.

  8. Glad you’re doing the challenge too! Interesting set of books – I look forward to a summer of reading reviews…and probably ending up with an even bigger TBR pile at the end of it all!

  9. Great list! I haven’t read any of them, but I’ve heard positive feedback on some of them. I should have added Gone with the Wind since I’m about as far in as you. Oops!

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