Summer vacation has started and obviously I’m nerdy enough to spend it reading. That is why I would like to share which books I’d like to read this summer.
Books I’d Like to Read this Summer
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll
We’ve probably all seen the Tim Burton adaption of Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter even appeared in the TV series Once Upon a Time. I like the movie and the series but I’d also like to read the novel for myself. People often say that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a weird but fun book since it’s full of nonsense and silliness.
This Wordsworth edition that I have has cute little illustrations and the sequel Through the Looking-Glass. In the sequel Alice climbs through a mirror into another world. Apparently, Alice only meets characters like Tweedledum and Tweedledee in the sequel. So I guess most movies mix the two novels..
Don’t judge a book by its movie, right?!
Grimm’s Fairy Tales – J.L.C. & W.C. Grimm
I know the story of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the other princesses (did you know that the first versions were pretty gruesome? Apparently, Cinderella’s stepsisters cut of parts of their feet to fit into the glass slipper. Ew!) but I’ve never heard of stories like Faithful John or The Dog and the Sparrow. I’m curious to read those. And I simply think that this is a cute book to have.
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
I love Pride and Prejudice, which is also a book by Jane Austen, so I’d love to read Sense and Sensibility as well. Austen is somehow always able to create characters that are so different from one another but very intriguing.
Sense and Sensibility is Austen’s first published novel. Most of the time she writes about young women who try to secure a future for themselves by marrying a rich man. Sounds shallow, but that’s how it went back then. Still, there is always a female character who prefers love or her independence over money. So, Austen was a woman who was very much ahead of her time.
The Kill Order –James Dashner
The Kill Order is a young-adult dystopia science fiction novel. It’s the prequel to the Maze Runner Trilogy. The first movie adaptation is already out on DVD, you might have seen it.
I finished the trilogy a while ago, but couldn’t find the time to read the prequel. I never find prequels as good as the book series anyways but I still want to read them. Otherwise the story feels unfinished. I do also have some questions about the character Teresa, so I’m hoping that the prequel will tell me more about her.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I’ve seen the movie three times already and I really love it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really sad movie but it’s also beautiful. It’s about a girl called Liesel who develops quite a passion for books and reading during the time of the Nazi book-burnings. On top of that, her foster family helps to hide a Jewish man in their basement. I’ve heard a lot of good stories about the book that has been lying on my bookshelf for over a year now so I must read it as soon as possible.
Do you also like to spend a lot of time on reading during your summer break?