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:
- 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.
- 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?)
- 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.
- Circling the Sun, Paula McLain: I hope I’ll like this one as much as McLain’s previous book, The Paris Wife.
- 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.
- The Book of Happiness, Nina Berberova: August is Women in Translation (WIT) month, and this one, published in 2002 in Russia, fits the bill.
- After the Divorce, Grazia Deledda: Another WITMonth candidate, this was originally published in Italy in 1902.
- Touch, Adania Shibli: While we’re at it, why not some translated literature from Palestine?
- 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.
- The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli: Well, of course, I got the book…
Happy Reading to All!