Summer reading aspirations … and inspirations

The Little Shadows, by Marina Endicott

The cottage dock is beckoning. When I wander down to it for a lazy afternoon of refreshing beverages, relaxing and reading, I aim to have some of these books in my tote bag. These are all titles that have been calling to me from the tbr pile for some time:

  • Tell It to the Trees, by Anita Rau Badami
  • The Chemistry of Tears, by Peter Carey
  • The Little Shadows, by Marina Endicott
  • Canada, by Richard Ford
  • Killdeer, by Phil Hall  ✔
  • Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr
  • How to Read the Air, by Dinaw Mengestu
  • Magnified World, by Grace O’Connell
  • The Juliet Stories, by Carrie Snyder  ✔
  • Night Street, by Kristel Thornell  ✔

These ones aren’t dock books, but ones I want to enjoy on my porch in Toronto … and with a TTC pass nearby so I can leap up, inspired, to go exploring:

  • Stroll, Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, by Shawn Micallef
  • Seen Reading, by Julie Wilson  ✔

Of course, it’s all subject to change, whim, fancy and recommendations from my erudite and persuasive book friends. What are your summer reading aspirations … and inspirations?

(As I read them, I’m ticking them off my list …   ✔)

5 thoughts on “Summer reading aspirations … and inspirations

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  2. Vicki Ziegler

    Allegra, thank you – title duly added to the list! (Is it just me, or are others visually mixing up Magnified World and The Art of Fielding?)Ruth, I’m intrigued by your reactions to both Monoceros and The Little Shadows and am looking forward to comparing notes with you later this summer. I do hope some of my titles make it on to your summer reading list … but whatever your list turns out to be, I hope it’s meant to keep up with no one but yourself. You have great literary tastes.

  3. Ruth Seeley

    Loved <i>Monoceros</i> but will be interested to see what you think of <i>The Little Shadows</i>. I seem to be in a minority who didn’t really appreciate it at the end of a long year in which I admit I overdosed on historical fiction and allowed my reading to become a case of keeping up with the Joneses (i.e. reading things I thought I *should* read rather than things I really felt like reading). And of course you’re introducing me to some authors I haven’t read or heard of before, which is one of the most wonderful things about you and other avid readers. Looking forward to your thoughtful reviews as always.

  4. ayoungvoice

    What a delicious list! A few cross overs with mine as well. I am very keen to read ‘Little Shadows’ as well as Grace O’Donnell’s new book. I love the addition of the two "to read on my Toronto porch" books – looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of ‘Seen Reading’! I have a copy of Stroll and it’s marvelous. I’ve got the beautiful map that comes with it up in my office. I’d be happy to lend it to you if it means getting together for a coffee!


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