Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all those books you’ve wanted to read for so long. Here’s my summer list!
Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands – Ivan Turgenev
This is just a small Penguin edition, but I love this writer so it’s a great way to get my Turgenev-fix in between other books!
Philippics – Cicero
I love classical literature and Cicero is definitely one of my favourite authors. Normally I don’t have time to read a complete classic work, but this summer might be the right time to catch up on some of Cicero’s speeches.
Anna Karenina – Lev Tolstoj
I’ve had some pretty heated discussions about Tolstoj and Turgenev with a friend, and I really need to read some more Tolstoj to make sure I don’t start talking nonsense in these discussions. I actually wanted to read War and Peace, but as Levin is one of my friend’s favourite characters, he convinced me to try Anna Karenina first.
Books vs. Cigarettes – George Orwell
I feel like I need to read some more essays and this subject seems like a good start. I’m hoping for a lot of great quotes!
An Officer and a Spy – Robert Harris
I love the books by Robert Harris and to me, historical fiction is a great way to learn more about history. I don’t know that much about the Dreyfus-case, and I really hope to gain more insight into it by reading this book.
Poésies – Arthur Rimbaud
This year I’ve read a lot more poetry than usual, but I also wanted to read more French. The solution: read more French poetry! Also, this edition is so incredibly pretty.
Virgins – Diana Gabaldon
In between great Russian writers, essays and French poetry, I also need something more light. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages, but I just didn’t have the time for it! I’m a big fan of Diana Gabaldon, so I don’t think I can wait any longer.
The Story of My Life – Casanova
A new Dutch translation of this work spiked my interest, but I already have a beautiful old edition (with great pictures)! I once ran into it when I was looking for a gift for a friend, but the pictures are kind of erotic so it didn’t seem appropriate… Of course, I already fell in love with the book, so it was no option to put it back!
What are you planning on reading this summer?