Summer Reading List

The publishing of summer reading lists is one of my favourite times of the year (NPR, Globe & Mail, NYT, the Guardian, the Telegraph, etc.). I never normally make a list myself, but I’ve decided to do that this year. Now that it’s officially summer, here’s what’s on mine:

  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt — Not because the publisher of this book is a family friend, but because it’s supposed to be a fantastic story (even if you’re not in Westerns, which I’m not).
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel — Bring Up the Bodies has received a lot of acclaim recently, but I still have not gotten around to reading the first in the series.
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach Someone did something very right when an article on the (back)story and publishing process of this book was published in Vanity Fair in October (article unfortunately not available online). Since then, it’s been receiving accolades left and right.
  • Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre  – Part 3 in his Cape Breton trilogy. I read The Bishop’s Man last summer and loved it. It’s also one of the most requested books at the Halifax public libraries, with over 100 requests, so I might hold off on this one.
  • NW by Zadie Smith  – One of my favourite authors, perhaps my most favourite. To be released in late summer — the perfect cross-Atlantic timing.
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – It seems like a lovely book.
Other books that have caught my eye: The Spoiler by Annalena McAfee; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; The Darlings by Cristina Alger; Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich; The Expats by Chris Pavone; An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi; and The Receptionist by Janet Groth; as well as a few crime fiction novels. (Suggestions for crime fiction authors are welcomed!)

TGIF and Happy Summer!


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