Yes, summer is officially here! Time to put together my reading list and start choosing books I want to spend July and August with in the next two months. Usually during the summer, I go for books that are super light but these three books just keep coming up as favorites in a lot of book reviews that I’ve added them to my list as well.
1 – In the Country by Mia Alvar – A book about the Filipino diaspora is something that I easily can identify with. In the Country features nine stories of Filipinos in various parts of the globe as they try and struggle to forge new lives and identities in their new homes. While the book talks about the Filipino immigrant experience, the theme is really how many of us deal with changes in our lives like moves, transfers, getting uprooted, and how we all try to settle in our new reality and try to move on. This book is featured as Amazon’s “Book of the Month” in June and positive accolades just keep coming in for this new writer. I can’t wait to start reading it!
2- Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – I’m a sucker for family saga and secrets that a “perfect family” harbors. This book follows the lives and stories of four generations of Whitshanks in Baltimore, starting with the initial encounter and ensuing romance of the grandparents, Anne and Red Whitshank. This book is another Amazon “Book of the Month” and promises to be a great read.
3 – Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud – An offshoot of the book The Stranger by Albert Camus. The main character of this book, Harun, is the brother of “The Arab” character in Camus’ book. Harun delves into isolation, sadness, surviving his brother’s death and the negative effects of colonialism. The author has already received various literary awards for this book. There is a play based on the book that will be performed this summer in Avignon and a movie that will be released in 2017.
Yes, yes, these books aren’t exactly light summer reading. But I am sure they will keep me entertained, engrossed and curious during lazy summer afternoons and evenings. What are you reading this summer?
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