How to Avoid Sports TV aka Summer Reading List 2016

If you are already sick of the mere mentioning of sport then I have some bad news: this is a momentous sports summer with the EURO16 still going, then Tour de France in July, and then the Olympics. So if you had plans on doing something with friends (if you are not the sporty kind) – drop those and find some alternatives. If you also happen to love reading then I will share which books I am going to pass time with myself when everyone else is glued to the screen.

My summer reading list is made of a mix of newly acquired books, older really-should-have-been-read-by-now books, library books, and both Danish and English books. There are classics, new releases, long and short, and YA in one interesting pile, and I am very excited to get started. I am of course continuing my Proust quest but I will leave him out of this list. My strategy is to start with the reserved library books and get them out of the way. It really amazes me how the library can sense that I have many books on hold and then release them all at the same time. It never fails. Well, it has been many years since I was a monogamous reader, so I am accepting that challenge!

So withour futher ado, here goes my Summer Reading List of 2016:

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Sylvie Bocqui: En sæson (org. Une saison, 2013), published by Etcetera &e, 2014. An old housekeeper at the French Riviera who sneaks small sprays of the guests’ perfumes and makes small lists about them? Sounds like a perfect short summer tristesse story.

Emmanuelle Richard: Letheden (org. La légèreté, 2014), published by Etcetera &e, 2015. A 14-year-old girl on holiday with parents on the French west coast with days longing for identity, boys, and sex. A coming-of-age story with French chicness.

Karen Blixen: Den afrikanske farm (org. Out of Africa, 1937), published by Gyldendal, 1958. A classic in Danish world literature and one, which is long overdue on my part. I haven’t even seen the movie!

Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Boys, published by Scholastics, 2012. I have seen raving reviews on Tumblr and Goodreads for this series about the girl Blue and the special boys at a private school. Even though I didn’t find her series about The Wolves of Mercy Falls that good, I will give her the benefit and read the first book. Based solely on aesthetic posts on Tumblr about this, I really hope I like it.

Olga Ravn: Celestine, published by Gyldendal, 2015. A ghost story set on a boarding school but with a modern psychological twist? I am hoping this will be a modern-day Turning of the Screw and probably the book on the list that I am most excited about. It was released to excellent reviews here in Denmark last year.

Kirsty Gunn: The Boy & the Sea, published by Faber&Faber, 2006. Another coming-of-age story, about struggling with insecurities when everyone else seems to do just fine and yet feeling the vastness of possibilities ahead.

Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides, published by Gyldendal, 2000 (org. 1993). I have seen countless stills from Sofia Coppola’s movie with Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett but have not watched the movie in full. A story about five sisters who committed suicide the same summer twenty years ago and the boys who knew them. I really don’t know what to expect of this one: is it like The Bell Jar or happier or sadder? Very intrigued.

Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind, published by Garden City Books, 1954. Does this even need an introduction? Honestly, I love the movie and just want to know the characters more intimately and spot the differences. One thing I do know that is different is the iconic red dress – in the book it is green!

Eva Tind: Astas skygge, published by Gyldendal, 2016. A biography of Denmark’s first silent movie star, Asta Nielsen and her iconic life. She was known in Germany as Die Asta and her movies were shocking for her contemporaries. She danced with sexual passion in The Abyss, she took on the role as Hamlet, and had a daughter outside wedlock. Here we get a glimpse into her later years through rediscovered phone conversations with a friend and watch how Asta’s life suddenly turns personal for the author.

So that’s the list for this summer. I still have reviews lined up during the summer so there will be no hiatus for me on the blog. As always feel free to add me on Goodreads and instagram, or Tumblr and Pinterest if you are more aesthetically inclined. In any case, I wish you a sunny and happy summer.


DANSK:

Sommeren er over os og det samme er diverse sportsbegivenheder. Hvis du ikke altid kan komme helt op at køre over se på nogle, der cykler op ad et bjerg i Frankrig eller gider at vurdere spydkast i Rio, så vil jeg dele min egen liste over bøger jeg planlægger at læse mens alle andre er limet til skærmen. Der er en skønsom blanding af nye og gamle, biblioteks- og egne bøger, danske og engelske, og alt muligt spændende. Jeg glæder mig i hvert fald til at læse dem alle sammen.

Bloggen her holder ikke sommerferie, indtil videre i hvert fald, da jeg kun har nogle forlængede weekender planlagt. Så der vil stadig komme anmeldelser og opslag op hen over sommeren, men ellers kan I altid finde mig på mine andre sociale sider. I er altid velkomne til at tilføje mig der. Det kunne være hyggeligt.

Til sidst er der vist bare at ønske alle en dejlig sommer og god læselyst!

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Established 1987 in Aarhus, Denmark. MA degree in English and Art History from Aarhus University, Denmark. Loves books, art, writing, coffee, dandelions, paper dolls, and haute couture.