Another month has come and gone in a flash. Perhaps it’s all the summer sun, or just a busy pre-holiday schedule that seems to always chase me down in June. Whatever the culprit, I find myself sipping my coffee and discover that I have only finished one book… A book that issn’t worthy enough for a summer reading review.
Sometimes we just have to prioritise other things and reading certainly hasn’t been top of the list for a while! However now that I have a long summer ahead, I can finally catch up. I have quite a few books piled up ready to read. Therefore, for this month’s Coffee Time I am sharing the books that are on my summer reading list.
- The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak – This novel is set in Istanbul and follows a stowaway boy during the sixteenth century who lands himself in Istanbul. The book explores how a lowly character rises through a “city of easy forgetting,” and encounters a royal architect. As a student about to start architectural studies, this book caught my eye and the plot intrigues me since it weaves both muslim and christian culture with adventure and mystery.
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman – Set in Rome, this is going to be a brilliant read as I will be spending two weeks travelling through Italy this month! Whilst I’m not sure how great the plot will be (the story of eleven characters who depend upon a newspaper about to fall apart), my Dad has read some good reviews about Rachman’s writing, so both of us are eager to test them.
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – Who doesn’t love a good historic novel based on a true story? I know I will enjoy reading this! The book is based upon the tale of two Slovakian jews who find themselves at Auschwitz: the male character is employed as the tattooist and as he begins to etch a number onto the arm of a young girl, the two fall in love. The plot then follows them both in their attempt to survive the horrors of the holocaust.
- The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey – There is no denying that Jesus is a historical figure who existed. The question is, who was He? Was He who He claimed to be? As a christian, I have heard many people talk about this book. Yancey looks at the Jesus described in the bible and gives a new perspective of who He was and what He did. He also challenges the reader. The book is said to answer many questions, raise many others and “uncover a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying.” However with all devotional books, I am aware that this may not be as great as crowds make it out to be.
- The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson – I have currently read two out of the three original books in the Stieg Larsson Millennium Series. The series plays with the issue of crime in Sweden by employing a character, “Lisbeth Salander,” who has been neglected, abused and previously a victim of sexually related violence. In fact throughout the series, Larsson draws upon Sweden’s large issue of violence against women. The trilogy follows Salander and a journalist Blomkvist, who end up solving and creating all sorts of mysterious thrillers. Whilst the books are very dark, it’s definitely an interesting insight into Swedish crime.
So there we have my Summer reading list! Perhaps one of these five will make it into next month’s Coffee Time review?
Are there any books on your reading list this summer? I’d love to hear about them and maybe even add them to my list!