As I am going away for quite a long time, (about six weeks) I have a lot of reading time available. So I thought I would do a post about what books I hope to read in the month of August!
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr - 'In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, how people try to be good to one another.'
The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern - 'The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des Rêves, The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.'
Swing Time by Zadie Smith - 'Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .'
Dunkirk by Joshua Levine - 'In 1940, at the French port of Dunkirk, more than 300,000 trapped Allied troops were dramatically rescued from destruction at the hands of Nazi Germany by an extraordinary seaborne evacuation. The true history of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians involved in the nine-day skirmish has passed into legend. Now, the story Winston Churchill described as a 'miracle' is narrated by bestselling author Joshua Levine in its full.
The Zookeepers' Wife by Diane Ackerman - 'A true story--as powerful as Schindler's List--in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.'
The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Catherine Webb - 'Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.'
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry - 'London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Accompanied by her son Francis, she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes for fresh air and open space. When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. This novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.'
Don't these sound brilliant? That being said I may not be able to finish them all, or I might pick and choose different novels, but I do want to try and read them throughout the month of August.