Summer Reading List 2021

How the hell is it summer already? Time has truly been flying by these last couple of months. Maybe it’s because things are finally opening up and looking brighter. My hometown is finally getting into Level 2 restrictions, meaning we can now visit each other indoors and drink inside at pubs.

Things truly are looking brighter.

On that note, on to my summer reading list for this year!

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

If it is good enough for Nicholas Eames, it is good enough for me.

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman is a high fantasy book that just came out last month. Kinch Na Shannack, a thief has a substantial debt to pay. Of course, he doesn’t intend to pay it back with his own money so looks for a target to rob. Well, he may have chosen poorly going after the knight Galva, a handmaiden of the goddess of death. Now their fates are connected.

I was already interested in this book, but when I found out one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors gave this book a glowing review, my fate was seld, I had to get it.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

A gothic fantasy novel about necromancers in space? Sign me up!

Gideon is dead tired of putting up with all the nonsense she is forced to endure, mostly from the hands of her childhood nemesis Harrowhark Nonagesimus. She tries to escape her prison but gets caught. However, she might just have another chance at freedom, or at least a more interesting life. Harrow needs a strong fighter by her side as she has been summoned along with the leaders of all the noble houses to an audience with the Emperor. 

If Harrow bests the deadly trials then she will be made his immortal servant. But she needs a right-hand woman, and she picks Gideon.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

This might just be me, but when I think of summer, I think of the sea. Hence why I tend to read nautical themed stories around this time of year. 

What is more nautical than the ultimate tale of surviving (or at least attempting to) the sea herself?

I have been meaning to read Moby Dick for a while, but I was always a bit put off by the sheer size of it. That, and until recently I didn’t get classic literature. It was something that failed to connect with me. Recently, it feels like something clicked and I suddenly understood.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

While I have been looking forward to reading this novel, I am a bit scared too. Why? Everyone keeps telling me how it will make me ball my eyes out.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, as the name suggests is a retelling of the myth of Achilles. This time giving a bit more focus on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus.

I have heard nothing but good things about this novel, but again I have put off reading it due to the whole “crying your eyes out” warning. Listen, I cry easy, almost comically easy. 

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Last but certainly not least, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

The Old Man and the Sea follows the story of ageing fisherman Santiago, a man who hasn’t caught anything in almost three months. He soon finds himself engaged in a tough fight to try and land what might be the best catch of his whole life.

I am going to start reading this short novel today. I did intend to wait until next month but for some reason, ever since I bought it I keep thinking about it. Almost like a siren song I can’t resist.

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