HOT SUMMER READING LIST

  1. House of Names by Colm Tóibín - I absolutely love his book Brooklyn (read my review here), so when I heard about his latest release, I immediately knew I need to add it to my readig list as no.1.  Do you like Greek myths? Then you should not miss this story about Agamemnon and his family.
  2. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy - I have been seeing this book everywhere: Instagram, bookshops, and even my friend was talking about it the other day. The plot seems to be gripping - a mother and daughter are trying to find a medical cure, while exploring their own pasts and future at the same time. The book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Do you need any more reasons why you shouldn't miss it?
  3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - This "little" book has 700 pages, but do not give up on it just because of its size. A story of four college friends who move to New York to define who they are is darker than you might think after reading the first couple of pages. So far, I have read almost 300 pages and although some parts can seem to be really long and slow, the author knows how to build up the tention. Can't wait to find out how it ends.
  4. Milk and Honey by Rupo Kaur - Poetry! If you have an impression that poems are only for an unclosed group of intellectuals, then it is time to change your perception. Kaur's collection of both short and long poems openly talks about women, men, sexual abuse, rape, motherhood, menstruation, beauty and unshaved legs. Easy to read, with an everlasting impact.
  5. Queer City by Peter Ackroyd - If you are looking for a history book and want to learn something, how about exploring the past of London? Sounds boring? Well, Ackroyd goes back in time and offers to his reader the history of gay population living in the capital of the United Kingdom from the Romans to the present day. Ready to dive into this original and rarely discussed past?
  6. A Room with a View by E. M. Foster - Do not omit to read some classics! Foster is known for his novels set in India or Italy, closely observing behaviours of different nationalities and social classes. A Room with a View starts in hot Italy, following a story of an Englishwoman defying the rules of the stiff society under the burning sun. Perfect for the beach holiday? 
  7. Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar - This Czech writer, living in New York for the last decade, has caused a little sensation with his story about a Czech cosmonaut exploring the space and the history of his homeland at the same time. The international media praises the book for its originality, comparing Kalfar to another famous Czech writer Kundera and his book The Joke.
  8. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid - Hamid's fourth published novel deals with the question of emigration and increasing number of refugees spread across Europe. This relevant story should not be ignored.
  9. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor - If you are looking for some thrill, reach for this book. A story of a village and a missing girl, the search for her and the impact of her unsolved disappearance. The life must go on, but the past haunts everyone. If you need to cool down a little bit during the summer heat waves, this might be a perfect way how to do it. 

20.06.2017