If like me and you're a bit of a book hoarder and seem to have an endless tbr pile on your bookshelf...then you can understand the struggle of choosing what book to read next. Sometimes I go through phases of wanting to read nothing but series as I get really invested in the plot and characters, but then sometimes I feel like reading short books. So, I've given myself four books to read over summer (well and maybe Voyager by Diana Gabaldon too if I get round to buying it).
I have just finished reading Dragonfly In Amber (Outlander series book two) by Diana Gabaldon and I really enjoyed it (expect a blog post on it soon)! I'm a huge fan of the Outlander tv series as well and i'm eagerly anticipating season three's release in September. I thought i'd aim to read the second and third book by then. However, after finishing a long book I wanted to take a bit of a break and read some other books i've been wanting to read for a while.
Two of the books in my pile are books I've actually already started but never finished (I'm ashamed of myself as I always try to finish a book before starting a new one oops). These are All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. For some reason I only got halfway through both books and never got round to finishing them so I'd love to start reading them from the beginning again.
All The Light We Cannot See is told from an alternating duel perspective of two teenage characters whose paths collide in Nazi occupied France, as both try and survive the devastation of World War II. One is a blind girl, Marie-Laure and the other, Werner; a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army. From what i've read so far the book is beautifully written and I felt myself really getting inside the characters world. I also love the fact that it's written from two opposite points of view. I also love reading books about the war told from a German perspective like in The Book Thief.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is written in Wilde's distinctively dazzling manner. I'm sure you've all hear of this classic but, the book follows the story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty and is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890.
The other two books in my pile are books that i've been wanting to read for ages! For my birthday my boyfriend bought me Lord of the Shadows by Cassandra Clare which i'm so excited about as I've been wanting to read it since it was released in May. Plus i've read all of the books in The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series and i'm kinda obsessed with the Shadow Hunter world.
The other book is As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann; a book that I have had on my self for a while but never got round to reading even though one of my favourite genres is historical fiction. So yeah i'm super excited to dedicate time to reading it!
Lord of the Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Clare. If you haven't read the first book, Lady Midnight, seriously go read it I loved it so much and i'm sure you will too. Without giving any spoilers away it continues to follow the story of Emma Cairstairs and her parabati Julian Blackthorn and their lives as badass Shadow Hunters and their adventures in the modern day Los Angeles. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear - before it's too late.
As Meat Loves Salt is set in the seventeenth century. The English Revolution is under way, and the nation is seething with religious and political disconten. It has erupted into a country of violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them. As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness.
I hope you're all enjoying your summer, I'd love to hear what you're reading in the comments!