Summer reading list

I moved home from uni at the weekend and spent all yesterday turning the spare room into a make-shift bedroom. I’m now a pro at making rooms look cosy thanks to years in student accommodation. So now is the perfect time for me to actually start planning what I want to do this summer, and read lots is high on the agenda! I don’t want to say I’ll definitely get all of these read, because that’s just setting myself up for disappointment. But I’ll give it a good go! And I want to see it as more of an idealised list of the kinda things I want to read rather than a strict one. Who knows what books I might find over summer that I’ll end up reading instead. No doubt a few trips to Waterstones will happen.

1. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

This book along with a few others in the list were on my Modern and Contemporary Gothic module this semester. I didn’t get chance to read all of the texts so I’m using summer as a time to catch up with all the ones I started but didn’t get chance to finish. Anyway! The Little Stranger! I think from the title you can probably tell it’s a ghost story. Ghost stories can be hit or miss, but I’m quite looking forward to reading this one!

2. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

A title everyone knows, but most likely more for the film. I always find it interesting to read books which are more recognised for the film version, just to see what changes have been made. More often than not there are barely any changes which makes me wonder why the film has become more popular.

3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I’ve seen the film with Christian Bale and LOVED it. Amazingly creepy and funny. So the book is going to be even better (I hope). I already know that it’s more graphic and hard hitting than the film which just makes me want to read it more.

4. The Shining by Stephen King.

Like The Exorcist, this is another book where the film precedes the book in the popular opinion. I think it’ll be interesting to read just to see why Stephen King has the popularity he does. I’ve never read any of his novels before and really looking forward to doing so.

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker.

A book that I’ve always wanted to read. I’m about a third of the way through so far and find it interesting to see how it differs from the legend that everyone seems to know and love.

6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

Woolf is another writer I’ve always wanted to read and just never have done, for no apparent reason. So now I have the time to do so, and I’m really hoping I enjoy it so I can read more of her novels.

7. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

Ever since I found out about this book when I was 16 I’ve wanted to read it. I don’t know, I think I have a thing for scandalous Victorians. Oh well.

8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

I want to kinda dedicate this summer to reading as much Dickens as I can because I’m thinking of writing about his novels for my dissertation. This is the first on my list of his to read. I’m hoping if I can get a few novels under my belt it’ll help me loads when I get to researchers and working out exactly what aspect I want to write about.

9. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.

I saw the film a few weeks ago, fell in love with the story, and the background to actually finding the story like 60 years later fascinates me. So I want to give it a read, the idea that some things like this actually happened I find quite incredible.

10. Looking for Alaska by John Green.

I just finished The Fault in Our Stars, and now I want to read another of his novels. John Green has been on my radar for a few years now and I’ve only just started reading. So hoping this is as good as Fault in Our Stars!

I’m quite excited to work my way through these! It feels like a long time since I read for me instead of my course. Any suggestions for other books I should give a go?

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