For the last couple of summers, Cathy @ 746Books has been hosting the 20 Books of Summer. Being the kind of reader who has a hard time sticking to lists, I haven’t joined in the past. But this year, I have that big stack of library books I want to read. I’m starting off easy with the 10 Books of Summer option, so I’ll have plenty of freedom to veer from the list
constantly from time to time.
My 10 Books of Summer:
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
Yes, this is the story of Anne before she came to Prince Edward Island; the first 10 years of her life in Nova Scotia. I’m reading this one right now, and thoroughly enjoying it (despite the fact that poor little Anne has to cook and clean and scrub diapers and feed babies and talk to her reflection in the glass for company).
We’re All In This Together by Amy Jones
This book comes out in June. All I know about it so far is that the protagonist miraculously survives plummeting down a waterfall in a barrel. Sounds like fun! And there’s a shark??
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
I’m reading this for a June group read at Goodreads. The only other book of his I have read is Ragged Company, which I really enjoyed. Time for another one.
The Motorcyclist by George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke is most well known for his poetry, but I loved George and Rue when I read it a couple of years ago, so was excited to find out he wrote another novel. But I have to admit that this cover isn’t exactly calling my name. So, just in case…
Blue by George Elliott Clarke
I can’t go wrong with one of his poetry collections.
The Naturalist by Alissa York
Fauna was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog (which means that the review is probably terrible – read at your own risk). I’ve been excited about this new one since it came out and I saw that it had a turtle on the cover! (More CanLit with turtles.)
This Marlowe by Butler Hallett
I won this book at the 49th Shelf a couple of months ago, and feel bad that I haven’t read it yet. It has joined the fate of all my other owned books. I’m hoping that if I put it on this list, it will get read sooner rather than later. Also, I want to discuss it with Buried In Print who has already read it.
Harbour View by Binnie Brennan
I’m not sure if this is a novella or a collection of linked stories about a group of people who are the residents and staff of a nursing home overlooking the Halifax Harbour. This is a nice slim one to squeeze in if I’m starting to feel like I’m falling behind. And I do love reading about old people.
The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel
Lots of people have been loving this book, and I want to be one of them!
The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake
This book about a Japanese-Canadian girl newly repatriated after her release from a Canadian internment camp in 1946 just came out in April. My eyes were opened after reading Obasan, and I just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, so I’m curious to see how this one fits in.
One for good luck: Unless by Carol Shields
Carol Shields is my pick for the letter ‘S’ in my A-Z CanLit Project, and I’m hoping to read it soon. Maybe even get to letter ‘T’?
What are you hoping to read this summer?