I’m pretty sure that I won’t end up on some beach this summer, especially since I’m currently considering extending my internship, meaning I will probably work till October. Furthermore, I’m not the beachy kind of girl. I really wanted to go to Iceland this summer, but that won’t be happening now. Therefore, this is more or less a list of books I would take with me, if I were going anywhere.
I know a lot of people who refuse to read high fantasy novels in summer, because apparently, they are too arduous and exhausting to read when it’s warm. Well, guess what: I didn’t get that memo. I love reading high fantasy all year round, probably because fantasy in general is the genre I grew up reading. Most of my high fantasy novels are MMPs and therefore great to carry around and because they have so many pages, they last at least a little.
Riddle-Master (Riddle-Master, #1-3) by Patricia A. McKillip
[dt. Erdzauber (Erdzauber, #1-3)]
I’ve only ever read one of her books, Alphabet of Thorn, – on a journey to the south of France. I loved it and it will always remind me of the wonderful time and the hot summer air. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that I would choose this one as a holiday read.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
[dt. Der Name des Windes (Die Königsmörder-Chronik, #1)]
Shame on me, I still haven’t read it yet.
Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1) by Mark Lawrence
[dt. Prinz der Dunkelheit (The Broken Empire, #1)]
All Crini’s fault. She’s raving about this series and this one’s been on my TBR for over two years now. Really should change that.
Ever since I was in my early teens, I really love reading books set in winter or cold countries during summer. On the one hand, they are refreshing, on the other hand, I don’t have to feel the cold and therefore they are not so bad. Although I love winter, and ice, and snow, I really, really hate the cold.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
[dt. Und in mir der unbesiegbare Sommer]
And again, I still haven’t read it yet and seriously need to change that.
East by Edith Pattou
This one sounds so very wonderful and just happens to be set in … well, I don’t really know where, but it looks damn cold.
(Slightly Historical) Family Mysteries
It all started in Dublin in the summer of 2008 when I got my very first (two) Kate Morton novel(s). I don’t remember what made me buy them, but surprisingly, I did. Back then, I only read fantasy, horse novels and the contemporary novels of the FUNtasie book club, which I collected. Now, I love this stuff. Family mysteries and dramas, old and forgotten letters, castles, and mansions – the stuff of legend!
The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
[dt. Des Fremden Kind]
I picked this one up in Galway in 2012. Apparently, Ireland is a great place for buying books that elswhere I wouldn’t even consider buying. It sounds just sooo good.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
[dt. Die verlorenen Spuren]
My last remaining unread Kate Morton novel. Gosh, I just enjoy her works. The last one, I read in summer 2013 when I went visiting Ric and went to Berlin. Just like I said: my perfect holiday reads.
Die dreizehnte Geschichte by Diane Setterfield
[OT: The Thirteenth Tale]
I watched the adaptation a couple of months ago because Sophie Turner (=Sansa Stark) plays one of the girls. Although I know the story now, I really want to read it, because I heard that it is unclear in the novel, who’s the one.
Although I started reading more contemporary novels, it’s still my least favourite genre (of the genres I read, mind you!). Still, it’s nice to have some easy back-up in summer, just in case I need something light now and then.
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Stephanie Perkins
[dt. Herzklopfen auf Französisch]
The best things come in threes: yes, I still haven’t read this one either.
This one sounds like a fun little read and I heard great things about it.