I’m flying to Germany, which is exciting – I’ve been waiting for this vacation for months. Unfortunately, this means that my blog is going to be a mess. I don’t know how much or when I’m going to be able to blog. I’m going to Germany to visit my friends, so I wanna spend time with them, not hide in a room and blog all day.
My Queer Movie Friday series will definitely be interrupted, because I have no way of watching all the movies I wanna review when I’m in Germany.
Now, I’m taking a bunch of books with me, which makes my luggage quite heavy but I’m sure will be worth it. I’ve been in a massive reading slump for a little over a week, haven’t read a single word, and I hope I’ll be able to rectify that during the summer.
So here are the books I’m taking with me!
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This has been on my TBR forever. I think almost a year. I’m not usually this lazy with the books I own, but this kind of intimidates me. I hope to get around to it fairly soon though!
It’s set in Afghanistan in the 1970s and is supposedly about friendship and family.
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
I’m really looking forward to this one! Lesbian fiction set during World War II? Sign me up.
The Little Old Lady who Broke all the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
This book has some very mixed reviews, but it sounds like a lot of fun. It’s about a group of elders who break out of their retirement home and cause all sorts of trouble. I hope I’ll love this, because I’m seriously scared it’s gonna let me down.
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
More lesbian fiction! This time set during a trial based on a real scandal that happened in England in 1864. The synopsis says “courtroom accusations of adultery, counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, and the appearance of a mysterious ‘sealed letter’ that could destroy more than one life …” Hell yeah!
Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
I’m taking a bit of a risk with this one. I read Weight by the same author last year and didn’t like it, but I really wanna give this book a shot, because it sounds so interesting. It’s a fictionalised version of the author’s life I believe, and it’s all about how the main character grows up in an extremely religious environment and then discovers she’s gay. SO MORE LESBIANS WOOO. What a summer amirite? Also, look at that cover! So weird.
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
No summer is a real summer without a trashy thriller. So of course I had to bring some Dan Brown along! His stories are usually extremely interesting and very well researched, but his characters are SO BAD. Seriously, he writes the worst, most forgettable people.
I don’t even know what this book is about. His novels are all about some kind of weird object that is discovered and unravels a mystery. Cue action scenes, running away from the authorities and dangerous deadlines! You’ve got a Dan Brown novel. I’m sure I’ll be in the mood for something quick and easy soon, and this will be just perfect.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
I am SO excited about this one. It’s about two North London families, the two fathers best friends, and their lives apparently completely different. One man is an ordinary working-class guy called Archie, while the other is a Muslim butcher shop owner called Samad, and their families sound extremely interesting; Samad’s children are described as “one a pot-smoking punk-cum-militant Muslim and the other an insufferable science nerd.“ If that isn’t a promising description I don’t know what is.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This has such a weird premise. I mostly picked it up because I had heard so many amazing things, I didn’t even know what it was about, and honestly I’m still not quite sure. Apparently a guy gets out of prison and meets a strange man who offers him a job as his driver, bodyguard and errand boy, and this leads to a road trip and lots of mysterious stuff happening. And there’s also a mythological war going on? I don’t even know.
Those are all the books I’m taking to Germany! I don’t know how many I will actually get around to, because as I said, I mostly want to spend time with my friends.
What are you guys reading this summer? Do you like any of these books? I’d love to know.
‘Till next time and happy reading!