The Broke and The Bookish provides a topic for a Top Ten List. This to be read list is actually going to be helpful for planning what to read during summer so I might check in Autumn (November time) to see how many I ticked off.
1. The Establishment: And how they get away with it by Owen Jones
Jones looks into how parliament and democracy is actually influenced by the Establishment, an organic group with similar goals of influencing people. (This is kind of cheating as I have already started reading it but at least I can say in November I read at least one.)
2. Between Gods by Alison Pick
This is a memoir of Alison's coming to terms with her Jewish heritage, trying to reconnect with it and how her family has dealt with the loss of relatives in the Holocaust.
3. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
I found this book when I was watching The Guard, with Brendan Gleeson (a superb superb actor and film). It made me really nostalgic for the days when I read nothing but long Russian novels. I already have a copy on my kindle so I will be, metaphorically, packing my bags on holiday to Russia pretty soon.
4. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield
I bought this in May, it is meant to be very inspiring especially for those who have a difficult journey in front of them trying to achieve your life aspirations. It helps you to value your journey, to strive to do your best and not to be upset if it doesn't work out. I could really do with a boost right now so this is kind of a 'bibliotherapy' choice.
5. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
My father brought me up with the idea of being self-sufficient (he was brought up on a small-holding/farm) and that has stuck with me, so I think this book may be one of those 'life-changing' ones I will have to wait and see.
6. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Everyone in the blogosphere who has read this can't recommend it any higher than what they already have
7. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
This is on my Mental Illness Advocacy challenge; it is about a relatively young woman who suffers a disease causing her to slowly loose her memory amongst other things. Tissues at the ready.
8. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by
9. The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
If I am honest, I am thinking about applying to the civil service and this memoir will help give me a better understanding of what it means to be a civil servant (although somethings probably have changed since Crisp's time).
10. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
My American pen-pal (hello Andrew!) and I have decided to read Sartre's play No Exit together so this is on my summer tbr.
What are your thoughts on my list? What is on your summer TBR list - any recommendations? Thanks for reading :-)