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?