Every summer I am so ambitious when it comes to reading. I have visions of spending hours on the porch sipping lemonade and zipping through all the books that I’ve been meaning to read all year. But then of course life happens and my pile of unread books continues to grow.
Will this be the summer? Will I finally conquer the boxes of books I’ve been cherishing (hoarding) for years? Okay, maybe not… But here are my top summer picks in case some time does free up:
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – I can’t tell you how many people have recommended this book to me. It seems like no matter where I go (parents’ dinner party, sports bar, college dining hall) someone is telling me how amazing this book is. It has been glaring at me for over a year now and I am determined to get past the first ten pages. If I read one book this summer, this will be it.
2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – There aren’t many books that I read voraciously, but when I read Half of a Yellow Sun for an english class I became engrossed. I’m really looking forward to to diving into more of Adichie’s incredible literary voice and lushly complex characters this summer. (And maybe I’ll convince her to speak at Bryn Mawr, and not Wellesley, for graduation ;))
3. The Appointment by Herta Müller – I started this novel last summer, actually, in a writing class I took at NYU Florence. I left most of my books behind when I flew home, but this one I just couldn’t part with. I remember being fascinated by the simplicity of the premise, but the complexity of the narrative. Ready to pick this one back up again.
4. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway (AKA Bethany Schneider, BMC prof extraordinaire) – So I may have only bought this last year because I knew I was taking her class and it doesn’t hurt to get in good with teach, right? But actually she’s amazing and I have never had my mind blown quite like her 300-level english classes. I was too busy reading for said classes (*cough* Moby Dick *cough*) that I never got to read her book, so it is going on the list!
5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – This one takes the cake for being on my “To-Read” list the longest: my brother read this when he was in high school (so I was in middle school) and I decided I wanted to read it. So after a decade of picking it up and putting it down, I am taking the plunge and rounding out my list with O’Brien’s biting war novel.
What are you guys reading right now? Or planning on reading? I’m dying to take a big trip to Barnes and Noble when I get home so let me know what I should keep my eyes peeled for!