So this is more of less the last hurrah of summer for me; my classes start tomorrow and as I’m starting my Master’s program, I will be a) posting sporadically in answer to Musing Mondays, Teaser Tuesdays and Booking Through Thursdays and b) reading a lot less in the coming months (in comparison to the usual school year—this past summer was, er, different).
But yeah, I just wanted to say a few things about this past summer. I’ve read a lot of stuff this summer (from May to August, items 32 – 108 (I’m including the first item in September because it was before I moved here), a grand total of 76 books), some of which were fantastic and others were o-kay. The top five favourite books I’ve read though have to be:
- The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — Not as super amazing as The Shadow of the Wind (which was perfect btw) but it was still an excellent read. The narrative and the dialogue were great.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows — I could not put this book down, it was just such a wonderful read. A book you’d want to read while curled up in your favourite chair with a cup of coffee or tea.
- Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom — Another period read (hmm, I’m noticing a trend here, lol). The characters in the novel were well-rounded and I love the contrasts between their personalities and such.
- City of Thieves by Peter Benioff — The characters were interesting, the dialogue was fantastic and just the entire story set against the Second World War on the Russian front was intersting…
- Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda — A-ha! A novel set in the modern day, lol. I had seen the movie so I decided to check it out. It was an interesting and thought-provoking read; didn’t want it to end.
Whew! As that was pretty hard to put together, here’s some notable mentions of other books I enjoyed this summer (in no particular order):
- Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix
- The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
- Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
- Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
So yeah, it was an enjoyable summer reading-wise. 😀 Hopefully I can squeeze some good reading time over the next eight months…when I’m not scrambling to finish all my course-related reading in xD