I went a bit overboard when I visited Dymocks in the city recently. Luckily I had my loyalty card to take the edge off this blow to my bank account. Check out the classics I added to my collection! I reckon these make pretty amazing summer holiday reads.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Truman Capote’s novella was first published in 1958, but I’m going to hazard a guess that you associate the title with Audrey Hepburn’s iconic portrayal of Holly Golightly in the 1961 film. I’ve never seen the movie so I thought this short book would make compelling holiday reading. Its longstanding status as a masterpiece ensures me I’ll enjoy it.
Lo and behold this almighty classic (pun intended). Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov has sat on my to-read list for years and I’ve only just picked it up. This is a must-own for lovers of classics. You can expect a review in the new year.
This 1996 bestseller by Alex Garland is a modern classic. Like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Beach is well-remembered for its film adaptation. I think this gripping and dark adventure story would make a great holiday read. Maybe while sunbaking on the beach…?
War stories are never high on my to-read list, but this 1961 classic by Joseph Heller demands attention. Although Goodreads reviews are unanimous about this book’s genius, I’ve read many that admit it’s a challenging read. Some day I will have to steel myself to take on this giant.
The Catcher in the Rye
Most of us are well acquainted with J.D. Salinger’s 1951 classic from being force fed it in high school. I’ve tried to read it once before but lost interest. I think it was my sense of obligation that put me off. However, a friend recently pointed out that I would enjoy this as a Vernon God Little enthusiast. So here I am giving it another shot!
I hope my summer holiday reading list inspires you. This is my last post of 2015, so have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!