My Spring/Summer Reading List…

Now that it finally feels like spring here in Stockholm I think it’s time to update my reading list for the next few months. Here’s what I’ve picked up (or will be ordering soon) for my reading pleasure:

So that’s the round-up at the moment. I know the list will grow, especially as we come closer to when I leave for my next vacation. I need a constant supply of books no matter where I am. 

One thought on “My Spring/Summer Reading List…

  1. Great list, Kim, and happy reading! I would add Peter Ackroyd’s The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein (here’s the Amazon link:http://www.amazon.com/Casebook-Victor-Frankenstein-Novel/dp/0385530846). It was reviewed by Andrew Motion in the UK Guardian and given a very poor note which I think is largely undeserved (see here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/13/peterackroyd.fiction).

    It is still a very good read and a remarkable (and I would say successful effort) at reconstructing a sort of effective gothic English.

    What I personally didn’t like so much in this book is the way it slows down in the middle – but that seems to happen to a lot of novels these days, oh woe to us writers! It is so hard to keep up the pace throughout a book! In a way, I learned a lot from it (I mean in terms of literary techniques). I certainly learned the importance of keeping up the pace!

    And yes, another very important point: when Shelley and his wife Mary (the future author of Frankenstein) travel to Europe with Byron in the early part of the 1800s (I forget which year exactly) that was the time Europe had been suddenly plunged in a terrifying climate change caused by the explosion of a huge volcano in Indonesia – the biggest volcanic explosion ever: it sent stuff up 30 km in the atmosphere, changing the earth’s climate for decades, plunging it in a cold wave that caused untold deaths in Europe from hunger, because there never was a summer that year. There were extraordinary colours in the sky – very red and yellow – and those were the colours that inspired Turner. And the strange feeling of impending doom and masses of hunger-stricken individuals, dying left and right, both terrified and fascinated Mary Shelley, leading her eventually to the creation of her Frankenstein.

    At least, that is what is known about that particular summer when Shelley and Byron travelled abroad – none of which appears in Ackroyd’s novel. And that I think is a real pity, it would have made his novel, particularly that middle/end part so much more interesting…Which goes to show that if you’re into historical stuff you better do your research real well!

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