It’s so typical of me to write a list of books I want to read during summer when we’re already almost in October – it’s also very typical of me to plan to read a certain number of books I already know I won’t have time for.
Well, no big deal – honestly, I consider a tbr list more of an inspirational outlet than an actual reading plan. Don’t get me wrong, I love plans – it’s just that reading is not something you can really do with your brain. You have to actually feel like picking up that specific book, so my current reading choices may be different from those I’ll make in a month or so.
I’ve tried not to go overboard with the number of things to put on my list anyway. I’m going to have a busy end of summer so I’d rather play it safe. Since we are way into the season already, I had the time to finish one of the books and I’m in the process of reading another one – so yeah, maybe I’ll be able to tick a couple of items off the list before the season is over 😅
(1) Clifford D. Simak - City
This is the one book I finished, and it’s actually a third-time re-read for me. I love science fiction but, like fantasy, I’m often disappointed by books and movies of the genre. This is my all time favourite, a pivotal text everyone who loves sci-fi should read at least once in his/her life. Maybe twice.
(2) Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island
I read this one 5 or 6 years ago in translation, so I thought it was time to give the original version a go. I’ve been feeling a lot like going back to classics lately, and I would love to start with something clever and adventurous like this one. Plus I now live in Scotland so I have to be knowledgeable in Scottish writers as much as I can!
(3) Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book
Talking about classics, I figured I’ve actually never read the original novel (despite having watched a number of movies adaptations). I got this old version from a charity shop 6 years ago when I was living in London, and it has been sitting in my bookshelf for all these years. Time to brush it off.
(4) Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon
Apart from classics, these days I also feel a lot like reading cyberpunk stuff (maybe my interest was rekindled by the release of Ghost in the Shell movie – which I haven’t watched and don’t intend to). I poked into the nutritious bookcase of the significant other and I found this one that meets my needs just fine. I’m actually looking forward to becoming an expert in the field, so this is my first precious step in that direction.
(5) J. K. Rowling - HP and the Philosopher’s Stone (20th anniversary ed.)
Now, isn’t this 20th anniversary edition gorgeous. I actually craving for the other three versions as well, but for money and space reason this will have to do. I’ve been willing to re-read some HP goodies for a while now, and what better occasion than the release of a luxurious new edition?
(6) Jay Asher - 13 Reasons Why (eBook edition)
This is the teenager that is in me, I know. Usually I’m not particularly interested in the YA genre, but every once in a while I find something that intrigues me and that I’m curious to try out. Plus I’ve just finished watching Riverdale so I need something to keep me busy while I wait for season 2 release in October 🤣 For these kind of books I prefer the digital version as, even if I end up enjoying them, I don’t particularly care about having them in my bookshelf.
I’m not planning to bring any paper book back home so I don’t know how much progress I’ll be able to work on this list, but since summer officially ends on 22nd September I’ll still have some time once I come back to Scotland 😅