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Summer reads

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Summer has finally arrived here in Australia, and it’s time to have a look at what I plan to read. I’m not actually having much time off besides the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and I don’t get any break from my thesis, so my summer reading is a bit of a mix between work and play.

My ‘play’ reads

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

The fourth book in the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series, I have been trying to get through this book for well over 18 months. Unlike the others I’ve read to date, this book of the series is harder for me to engage with and so I keep putting it aside to read other things. I aim to finally finish it this summer.

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

As a bit of a Franzen fan-girl, I picked this for a new book club I’ve joined so that I can finally read it. By picking it, it means I have to lead the discussion, and with our meeting on January 17, I’d better pull my finger out and make a start.

The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton

Okay, so I’m a bit of a Winton fan-girl, too. This book of essays delves into the events that have shaped him as a writer. I’ve made a start on this and love it already.

My ‘work’ reads

The four books in this list form part of the research for my thesis. Two of the books provide me with background information about the 1956 revolution in Budapest – the event on which my short story is based – and the other two provide some theory about historical writing for my exegesis.

The four books are:

  • The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 by Gyorgy Litvan
  • Budapest 1956 by Miklos Molnar
  • The Historical Novel by Georg Lukacs
  • New Perspectives on Historical Writing edited by Peter Burke.

Now all I need is a few more hours in the day and I should be ok!

What are you planning to read this summer?

 

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5 Comments

  1. Melsy, I took The Corrections away with me because I was looking forward to getting stuck in to a big, fat juicy book. I dumped it after a couple of chapters and pronounced it unreadable. I agree with you about A Feast For Crows—it was difficult to get into, and I read almost half of it before I decided I liked it. I’m 1/3 of the way through the fifth, and I’m finding the same thing, even with all my favourite characters being in this one! Happy summer reading!

  2. Melsy, I took The Corrections away with me because I was looking forward to getting stuck in to a big, fat juicy book. I dumped it after a couple of chapters and pronounced it unreadable. I agree with you about A Feast For Crows—it was difficult to get into, and I read almost half of it before I decided I liked it. I’m 1/3 of the way through the fifth, and I’m finding the same thing, even with all my favourite characters being in this one! Happy summer reading!

    • Melinda Kovac Melinda Kovac

      Oh no! I hope I’ll have a better experience with The Corrections, and that my fellow book clubbers do too, otherwise I won’t be allowed to choose another book LOL! What are you reading instead? Or are you just persisting with A Dance With Dragons?

      • Diane Lee Diane Lee

        I’m persisting, godammit! I need to finish #5 before GRRM finishes #6!

        • Melinda Kovac Melinda Kovac

          Hehe I’m determined to make it through the series eventually too.
          By the way, I started The Corrections over the weekend and am loving it. I’m around 100 pages in. Were we reading the same book? 🙂

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