Summer Books, Part Two

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In case you missed Part One of my summer book recommendations, you can find it here! We will continue where we left off:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - I've been the film more times than I can count on all of my digits, but I found out recently exactly how many books there are in the series (about 14, blimey) and knew I had to give them a good go. So far this is the only one I've read but to me it just feels like summer

The Lost Art of Sinking* by Naomi Booth - A very recent read I found on NetGalley and rather enjoyed. It tells the story of Esther, obsessed with a game she used to play in school that involved holding your breath until you feel swoony. It's a very quick, very odd read, but the whole thing has an atmosphere of hazy summer days.

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne - Submarine is up there as one of my all-time favourite films, so I naturally couldn't help but feel a little disappointed when the book wasn't at all similar. However, the book standing by itself is still very enjoyable and gives a hilarious view of what being a self-involved teenager is really like. It feels a lot darker than the adaptation but in that way I think it's more realistic.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan - This book. This book. An absolutely beautiful depiction of how people's lives can so easily intertwine over the years but in such bizarre, farfetched ways. Please read this book.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I think this is the summer novel, even if I wasn't a huge fan of it myself.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - Read this book in the summer sunshine and pretend you're in Italy, Indonesia, and India. I feel like I want to reread this book every month because of the way it made me feel. Don't watch the film though, it's naff.

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - What's summer without a hidden single-sex utopia? Don't expect this to live up to your contemporary feminist expectations because it was written in 1915, but some of it is rather inspired.

Joyland by Stephen King - My first foray into Stephen King two summers ago probably shouldn't have been something so recent, but I enjoyed it all the same. This book takes place over, if I remember correctly, Spring Break and details a teenage boy's ventures into love and death. It's spooky and reminds me of old school murder mysteries, rather than anything deeply horrific and psychological. A very fun summer read.

Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire - One of my favourite graphic novel collections, it's about a boy-deer hybrid who has been raised in isolation and now must fend for himself in a deeply dangerous and judgmental world. I fell in love with these characters and still feel a loss after it ending

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - A summer day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway.

M x

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