So I had this vague idea for a blog post in a while, but then I read Book Recommendations for Different Types of Summer Readers on Goodreads and realized that was exactly what I wanted to write. I read rather variedly and in large quantities, so it’s a very fun experiment for me to try and put together this kind of lists! Lately I’ve been gravitating towards a certain kind of book, so I’m afraid my list won’t be as broad as I hoped, but this was fun to try anyway!
The Classic Reader
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
Okay so it might be I’m slightly obsessed with this book. But I really think this makes for a great travel companion, since the most crucial part of the book (the main characters meeting) takes part in a train. During a time when traveling is so chaotic and uncertain, taking a train sounds a lot more attractive and that means that the journey becomes part of the trip – so I’m quite charmed by the idea of matching your journey with your reading.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is a book that is familiar, comfortable and a breezy read which I think would be really perfect for a a Summer vacation. The escapist and romantic classic that never fails to charm the reader!
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve admittedly read this a long time ago, but I remember it being beautiful, sad and full of glamour. IT tells the story of a couple traveling through the south of France in the 1920s and their marriage falling apart. Just talking about it now makes me want to re-read it!
The Mystery Reader
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
I’m calling it right now: this is going to be one of the best mystery books of the year. The It Girl hit all the right notes for me, with an interesting storyline, dark academia vibes while also touching on the consequences that this kind of crimes have on the family and friends of the victim, the treatment of them by the media and so on. Truly a great book!
Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
If you didn’t like Girl in Snow, I recommend forgetting about it entirely and picking this up. I swear it’s an entirely different book, with such good storytelling, writing and a very nuanced view on the death sentence that this serial killer gets for the horrible crimes he committed. Told through the point of view of three women related to the story in some way, I thought it was very well executed!
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
For some reason my Instagram feed is full of Paris trips right now, and it’s giving me the itch to travel. If you’re also not travelling so much this season (or if you are, really, we don’t need any excuses to read books), I think it’s quite fun to pick up something set in another country and feel transported. I liked this mystery, but it’s been getting mixed reviews so I guess it’ll be a better fit for those looking for mystery that is a bit unbelievable but fun to read.
The Tome Reader
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This book was all I could talk about after finishing it a couple Winters ago. Tolstoy’s writing is engrossing, and a lot of the plot is actually very juicy and dramatic (except for the farming parts) and Anna Karenina is such a great character. The philosophical insights about life, status quo and love are very thoughtful, and generally it’s worth reading this just because Tolstoy’s writing is just that good.
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Okay so the hype for Ducks died out too quickly for my taste so let me remind you all that this tome of a book is a delight! I loved this very much – the thoughts of a housewife as she bakes pies, ponders the state of the country, her anxieties about the future of her children, her pies again, the kids again and so on. This is a wonderful book and well worth its 1000 pages.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
So, this is my absolute favorite historical fiction series of all time. It takes a bit of effort to get into the odd writing style, the mane characters with the same name and the rather dense story, but gosh this is a fantastic series telling the story of Thomas Cromwell as he grew in power in Henry VIII’s court and his fall from favor. It’s scheme-y, juicy and fascinating.