Seeing new sights, meeting new people and gaining new experiences in a foreign land is my way to freshen up midway through the year.
During my summer travels, I will always try to pack in a few books to bring along to read on the plane, on the beach or for whenever, wherever.
Below is my summer reading list for this year:
1. On the road
The bible of the beats generation, it is based on the travels of author Jack Kerouac and his friends when they drove across America, carefree, careless and aimless, and experimented with sex, drugs and everything in between. Packed with constant restlessness and deep contemplation about life, this classic from the beats literary movement maestro is simply a wonderful book to be on the road with.
The New York Times claims that “this book’s title shimmers and shifts shape upon study” like a piece of zen art. And if that was not enough to entice you, what about a Japanese teenage girl’s diary wrapped in a Hello Kitty lunchbox being washed ashore millions of miles away and later picked up by a novelist living on an island? The set up for this novel instantly suckered me into buying it and have it all lined up next on my reading list.
Summer holidays is a time to let imaginations run wild and this piece of fiction that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction could do exactly that. Set in Kim Jong-il’s North Korea, its explores life under one of the world’s last authoritarian countries and the numerous tensions bubbling under it including individual’s private desires, morals and values. Not bad I must say.
I grew up on the Harry Potter series, so when the author J.K. Rowling released her first post-Harry Potter book, as her fan, I had to show my support. Currently I am in the midst of reading it and I could say her writing has certainly matured to contain a lot of adult language material. This will be a dark read for your sunny days.
This is an anthology by Lonely Planet I received over Christmas comprising short travel literature from various writers. The book purports to illuminate a simple truth: “if we embark on each adventure with an open heart and an open mind, travel will take us places we never planned to go, and enrich and enlighten us in ways we never otherwise would have known.” Sounds like something to mull about when lazing around and sipping on a cocktail.