It is official, Summer is here. Although the weather might not be playing ball (the erratic weekends of gorgeous sunshine and cold, wet Monday mornings are all still too fresh in my mind), my calendar tells me it’s officially Summer. Cue barbecues in the rain, soggy picnics, Pimms, and the aftermath of that spring clean you tried to do but ended up making more of a mess (although, if you’re like us here at Atwood Tate, the bookshelf always gets a seasonal tidy!) Our bookshelf at Atwood Tate had a Christmas makeover (#shelfie here) and now, a couple of months later, we’ve got a some beautiful cookery books that have been added to it! Just looking at the bright pictures makes me want to shake off the cobwebs, and re-think my summer reading list. I asked the team at Atwood Tate to let us into what they’ll be reading as the days get longer…
I’ve just picked up a copy of Double by Lionel Shriver. I’m not expecting it to necessarily be a happy, sunny read bearing in mind some of her previous books, but as it’s about the world of professional tennis it might be a sort of summery read?! I’m hopeful it might encourage me to at least dust off my racquet and get outside once the sun comes out.
It’s usually at this time of year I dust off my Tamora Pierce (hands up who’s excited for the new Numair title coming out in Autumn?! #excitedCLK) so the next few weeks are going to see me getting reacquainted with Alanna, George, and other old friends. Plus my book club read Life After Life.
After a winter reading dark, depressing thrillers and back to back completion of The Hunger Games, I’ve reached for something lighter for the spring/summer months. In the UK rain clouds are never far off however, so my choice does retain a dark edge to its humour. I loved The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, so I’m starting his newest novel The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden and, so far, I’m not disappointed.
Winter seemed to be all about the Scandi-crime in my house – rewatching all of the Danish The Killing, both versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and a spring read of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Now, I’m looking for something a bit longer, and warmer to keep me occupied through the long dark hours of train journeys associated with stay-cationing in the UK. This summer, I’m revisiting Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram, a hefty tome that raises an acknowledging nod from fellow commuters. It’ll remind me of warmer days, and hopefully give me some ideas for the holiday next year!
So, what’s everyone else reading this summer?