In the summer, I like to sleep. A lot. But after about a week of marathoning both Netflix and sleeping, I begin to feel a little bit ancy and a lotta-bit bored. That’s why I always try and make a summer bucket list, much like Kai did. I wanted to share part of my list with all of you, so I wrote down my top five books I want to read.
In no particular order:
1. The Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
From the title, this book should be about a series of back room conversations about the entire fate of nations. In reality, it is probably dramatic. This book was recommended to me by a professor of mine and it provides a history of certain periods of time of economic interest and actions that monetary authorities made during them. This is my attempt to stay connected to my academic discipline this summer.
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Since Marquez’ passing earlier this year, various friends and family members of mine have encouraged me to read what many view as his seminal work. Blending surreal, fantastical phenomenon with the very real, observable, and inextricably human events, Marquez creates an entire world –and genre– of fiction which finds no equal (or so I have been told!). I am excited to experience the work of such a master writer.
3. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
This one was a special request to my mother. I wanted she and I to try and read a book together this summer. We somehow decided to pick the provocative, complex author Salman Rushdie. My hope is that I can finish before I see my mother in late June.
4. Collected Poems by T.S. Eliot
I felt remiss not including some poetry in my summer reading list. I am never quite sure of the proper way to read poetry, or even if such a method exists, but I have loved Eliot since high school and I enjoy each foray into his work.
5. My Antonia by Willa Cather
This is sort of an annual pilgrimage for me. I first read My Antonia when I was in 9th grade. Each time I read it, I have a somewhat different opinion of the characters in it, and it has become, in many ways, an annual chance for me to re-evaluate myself through reading it.
Hopefully I make it through my whole list and maybe I’ll share some of my thoughts once I finish one of the books on my list.