Summer 2017 TBR

My spring TBR was surprisingly successful (I read 5 of the 6 books on my list), so here’s another one for Summer. I’m really hoping that I’ll get a crazy amount of reading done this summer, because I’m starting my Masters at the end of September and I feel like I have to make the most of not having assigned reading while I can.

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
The blurb on the back of this (at least the one on the UK paperback) doesn’t explicitly state that this is a novel about depression, and the impact that one man’s mental illness has on his wife and children, which I find pretty annoying. I’ve been wanting to read this for a really long time, and I think it’s about time I got around to it, because it sounds like it has some themes which are very close to my heart.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie so, so much, and I can’t wait to get to her most widely lauded novel. I feel like I don’t have a super strong idea of what it’s actually about, but I’m pretty okay with that. I loved Purple Hibiscus so much that I almost picked this up immediately afterwards, but I’m always a little hesitant to read the same author back to back as I always feel like it reduces the impact of their writing if I’m too used to their style.

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
I want to read this before the sequel comes out in paperback (the date of which hasn’t been announced yet so probably not until next year), and I’ve also just heard so many good things about this book. I’m hoping it’s going to be funny and fast-paced and brutal.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson
I requested this from the publisher through work, and I always feel like if they’ve been kind enough to send me a brand new hardback, for free, I should have the courtesy to read it and put a review on the website reasonably quickly. Embarrassingly, I actually haven’t read The Argonauts, but Maggie Nelson is one of those writers who I’ve decided is going to be a favourite author without ever having read one of her books.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
I bought this forever ago, pretty much as soon as it came out in paperback, but somehow I didn’t get beyond of a couple of chapters. It’s literally moved house with me four times (and moved countries twice) since I’ve bought it without me ever having read it. Ridiculous. It feels like it’s going to be a fairly easy read, perfect for summer.

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
It’s been a while since I read a kids’ book, and I used to love the How to Train Your Dragon books when I was a kid, so I was super excited when this proof of her upcoming book turned up. It’s about an imagined version of England in the past, when there are wizards and werewolves and pixies roaming the forest which covers the British Isles. I’m so excited.

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