Tuesday, 24 July 2012

My Summer Reading List

Having time to read is most likely my favourite part of summer. During the year I am mostly preoccupied with reading for my course along with exams and coursework, so this time of year is really only the long period of time that I have to really sit down and work my way through my reading list. I'm heading off to Spain in a few weeks for 11 days, so I thought I'd do a bit of a breakdown of what I'm taking book-wise. I buy the majority of my books on Ebay. While I love having a brand new book, I just can't afford it. Most these were only around the £2 mark, so they're a little worn and battered.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien

I make an effort to read these at least once a year, and I have done so for about seven years or so now. I don't enjoy them any less than when I read them for the first time; they're still my favourite books and really shaped my interests in terms of literature and what I enjoy reading today. I really want to purchase all of my Tolkien books in hardback at some point. I found Unfinished Tales in hardback a few weeks ago so I've made a bit of a start!

Mort by Terry Pratchett

I always take at least one Terry Pratchett novel to read on the plane. I'm flying at a ridiculous time and flying always makes me a little stressed at the best of times, so I know I'll want something that's both easy to read and light-hearted to make the journey a little more enjoyable. Terry Pratchett never fails to cheer me up.

The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

I read and enjoyed The Sword of Shannara a few months ago, so I decided to order another one as I really like Brooks' writing style. It's all very Tokienesque and not that original, but it's still very enjoyable and quite captivating too. I think I read The Sword of Shannara in less than a day.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This is one of those books that I read several years ago but can't actually remember that much about and therefore wanted to re-read. I went through a stage when I was about 12 or so where I read quite a few of the 'classics' and this was one of them. I think that reading it now might be a different experience since I now have a more developed background in literature and I'm much older. When I enjoy something I always make sure that I read it at least twice.

The Stormlight Archive: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

I'd heard of Brandon Sanderson previously as I know he finished Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. I'd heard a few good reviews about this so I was really curious, and I found it on Ebay. I'm really looking forward to reading this, from what I've read on the internet it sounds very much like something that I will like. Should be interesting!

The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

I'm making it my mission this summer to actually finish the Wheel of Time. I read The Eye of the World last year, but with uni starting and all of the course changing hassle that I had to go through I never really got round to progressing any further than that, so I'm going to re-read The Eye of the World to trigger my memory and move onto The Great Hunt. I own all of the books up to Lord of Chaos.

Earthsea: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

This was recommended to me awhile back, and I while I remember having a look for it in my local library I never managed to get hold of it, so I ordered it on Ebay so I can finally cross it off my list.

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

This was another book that I discovered when searching around for new reading material on the internet. I was a little surprised by the size of it (it is huge) so it should last me awhile. It sounds very much like my sort of thing, so I'm looking forward to reading this too.

This might seem like a lot to some people, but there's a very good chance that it won't even last me the duration of my holiday. I read a lot, so I also read quite quickly (my Dad says I don't read books, I devour them). I was supposed to be taking A Song of Ice and Fire as I own all seven books, but after I gave into temptation and read A Game of Thrones I ended up reading all seven in just under two weeks. I'm really looking forward to being able to start reading all of these! I'm going to have to clear out my bookcases to make some room though.

Are you going anywhere nice this year? What are you reading this summer?

Disclosure: I bought most of these books myself. LOTR was a birthday present I think, and I bought Mort with a gift voucher from my birthday.


  1. I'm always looking for good new books to get sunk in to so this has given me lots of ideas, thank you! xx

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    1. Glad I could help! I'm always on the look out for new books!

  2. Hope you enjoy the LOTR books that are fantastic. I have that set along with the hobbit which is next on my list. Great post I always enjoy what others are reading especially when there's no 50 Shades in there at the moment x

    1. I love LOTR, I have The Hobbit too. My Dad loves them so he bought them for me when I was 12, they're excellent. I'm so excited for The Hobbit film to come out! Haha, I have no interest in 50 Shades whatsoever. I read an extract on the internet and that was enough for me!

  3. i really need to attempt to read the LOTR again, i did a few years back, but never finished the first book! definitely inspired me to pick them back up! :)

    1. I've always really enjoyed them, but I know quite a few people who never managed to get past the first one. Hope you enjoy them! :)

  4. Great reading list hun. I've been sucked in to 50 shades of grey. All of my friends went on and on about do I had to give in lol x :-)

    1. Haha, fortunately I don't really know anybody that has been reading it, but I can see my sister or someone getting pulled into it!

  5. oh, I love the lord of the rings!


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