My Reading List until Summer

I enjoy reading, but I don’t do it enough. I’ve got plenty of time now, so why not read in my free time? I made a promise to myself that I would read a book every month of the year. I figured that should be doable.

In today’s post I will be sharing with you what books I am intending to read this first half year. To every book title I will give a short summary on what it is about and why I am intend to reading it. Let’s beginn with the book I read in January, shall we?

The Forget-Me-Not Sonata – Santa Montefiore

I picked this book up at the airport on one of my layovers, mainly because i loved the color of its cover( yeah I know, don’t judge a book by its cover bla bla, but it was pretty 🙂 ). The book plays in Buenos Aires around the time after World War II, which is probably my favourite time to read stories from. I am not entirely sure why but yeah, I do very much enjoy reading stories playing in that time.

Spread over two generations, THE FORGET-ME-NOT SONATA is based in the English Colony of Hurlingham in Argentina and in Dorset from the 1940s to the present day. A sweeping story following the life of Audrey Garnet who grows up in the small Anglo-Argentine community where the gossiping ladies of the Hurlingham Club divulge and discuss the latest scandals over scones and Earl Grey tea. Ripples pass through the community when Cecil and Louis Forrester arrive to make their fortunes. Cecil is a decorated war hero while Louis, who didn’t fight, thrashes out his tormented soul on the grand piano and hides a dark secret that only his brother knows. Audrey loses her heart to one, but marries the other and yet her love only intensifies over the years and the music of the forget-me-not sonata reminds her time and again of the dreadful sacrifice she has made. link

I quite enjoyed the book actually, it was both beautiful and sad in a way.

Parce Que Je T’aime – Guillaume Musso

I started reading this in February as I had a french exam coming up beginning of march. I have to be honest, it is an interesting book but I am struggling a little with it. Maybe because I am reading it in french but I also because the book is written in a way that makes you think a lot. I, who am someone who generally thinks a lot already, tend to drift off into my own thoughts every once in a while.

The book was translated in 41 languages, so even if you don’t know french you’d be able to get your hands on this crime novel. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good summary in english for this book.

Normal People – Sally Rooney

I read this book within two days. I enjoyed it a lot. The book is beautiful, sad and frustrating at the same time. Unlike a lot of books I have read this one really tells the story of two people in such a realistic way that sometimes I could picture people I knew or even myself in those situations.

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life. link

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman

Another recent classic. Normal people really got me into the reading spirit, so that makes it the third book I am reading in march. I am only a few chapters in, but apparently it is suppose to be both beautiful and funny.

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart link

Now those were more novel-like books, whereas the ones coming now are either biographies or similar.

Body Positive Power – Megan Jayne Crabbe

My mom bought me this book a while back actually and somehow I never ended up reading it. I think this year it is time to do so. Last year I’ve made quite a few changes mentally and have grown so much stronger from them, but lately I’ve been falling back into bad habits and I think it is good for me to be reminded of the good in things again.

How to be a Bawse – Lilly Singh

I want to be my own boss and the sooner I learn how to be one the better. I figured I could learn a few things from the ‘bawse’ herself.

From actress, comedian and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) comes the definitive guide to being a BAWSE – a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. 

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over 9 million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.  link

The year of taking chances – Lucy Diamond

Also one of the older books in this pile but I never got around to reading it, so why not in the year of taking chances? Honestly I have no idea what to expect from this, wether it is more like a novel or not. We’ll just have to see about that.

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Gemma and Spencer Bailey are throwing a house party. There’s music, dancing, champagne and all their best friends under one roof. It’s going to be a night to remember.

Also at the party is Caitlin, who has returned to the village to pack up her much-missed mum’s house and to figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR executive who’s keeping a secret which no amount of spin can change. The three women bond over Gemma’s dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet. 

But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits by shocking new developments. Family, love, work, home – all the things they’ve taken for granted are thrown into disarray. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives and start over. But dare they take a chance on something new? link

So those are the book I am intending to read before summer ends. Would you read any of these? Or have you read any of these?