I was the type of child that would stay awake after my parents had gone to bed, switch on my light and keep reading my book until fajr. I was the type of girlfriend who’s perfect date would be a trip to a charity shop or second hand book shop. And I’m the type of friend people buy books for their birthday.
Everyone would ask me why I didn’t just use the local library. And the truth is I did. But I still wanted to buy books that I could call my own and keep forever. And sometimes, if I really liked a story, I would buy the book even after reading it.
The reason: I want to own a library.
I dreamed of a room with nothing but a comfy chair besides a wide window overlooking the city skyline and books. Books from wall to wall, ceiling to floor. I would be Elinor Loredan (Inkheart) – but with more people skills. I now realise this is highly unrealistic given rent prices in London. But a girl can dream, and so I do.
A few weeks ago, knowing the long break that lies ahead, I asked my Facebook friends for summer reading recommendations. Here are the ones I plan to purchase:
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Can Non-Europeans Think? by Hamid dabashi
- Agenda to Change by Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Assata An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
- The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks by Jeane Theoharis
- If I am not for Myself: The autobiography of a non-Zionist Jew by Mike Marqusee
If you have any recommendations – please share! I basically read anything except classics (I’ve tried, I just can’t get into it).
Over the course of my studies I found less and less time to actually read for pleasure. To be honest there was barely any time to read for work. But I’d continue to buy one here and there, mostly second hand when the price was too good to resist.
Today I started to tidy my books cupboard – a biannual task I do at the beginning of each long holiday. Side note, how does a cupboard become so messy? Each time I tidy it I feel like it’ll stay this way forever but come a few more months and it looks like it’s never been tidied before. Anyway, I came across a whole load of books I had forgotten I had even purchased.
(I own all the A Song of Ice and Fire books but didn’t want to get them out of their box to pile them up.)
So I’ll add them to my summer reading list, which has fast turned into my annual reading list!
What’s on your summer reading list?