5 Books I Plan to Read this Summer

Phew, I guess I committed to quite a big thing when I decided to blog about our whole California road trip in a series of blog posts, instead of just giving you a summary of the trip. Well, I hope it does not annoy you too much and you experience some similar amount of joy and wanderlust like me when looking at them, as I am far from done.

I decided, however, that it would be nice to talk about some other topic in-between. So, let’s talk about books. Summer vacations and days by the lake or sea are coming up, so this is the perfect time to do this.

Five Books I Plan to Read this Summer

We bought a new bookshelf earlier this year. On that occasion, we went and organized our books. In the process, I found many that I had not even read yet. So, I resolved to read some of those before buying any new ones.

The following five made the shortlist for this summer:

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Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

I remember bringing this to a trip to Southern France in 2013. Somehow, I only read a couple of pages of it. It’s by Julio Cortàzar and Carol Dunlop, in May 1982 the couple drove from Paris to Marseilles in their VW camper van and spent thirty-three days on the autoroute. Their goal: to explore and discover the hidden side of the freeway. The setup still sounds super intriguing, and I cannot wait to get back into it.

Find Autonauts of the Cosmoroute on Goodreads and on Amazon.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Another book I did not manage to read yet; it’s a collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit about wandering, being lost, and the unknown. I am still curious about this book. But, always found Solnit’s language rather complicated, so I will need a calm moment to read this.

Find A Field Guide to Getting Lost on Goodreads and on Amazon.


This one by Henry David Thoreau is a classic. I had bought it before we went on a trip to Wisconsin where we stayed in a cabin by the lake. I thought that that would be the perfect setting. But, somehow it wasn’t and I did not even do as much as open the book. It’s time will come, though. Maybe when we visit my parents for a week in August.

Find Walden on Goodreads and on Amazon.

The Beautiful Summer

I bought this short story by Cesare Pavese last year in late summer, but I was still reading other books back then. As I did not want to read a story set in Italy in the summer during winter, I kept it on the shelf. I will probably take this one to the lake one weekend afternoon. It is only 100 pages long, and I should manage to read it in one go.

Find The Beautiful Summer on Goodreads and on Amazon.

The Age of Magic

This book by Ben Okri takes place in Switzerland. I think I bought it shortly after I moved here. As I never really started reading it, I cannot even tell you what it is about – apart from what the blurb states and that’s somewhat cryptic – but the title and the fact that plays out close to where I live is intriguing. So, I will give this another go this summer.

Find The Age of Magic on Goodreads and on Amazon.

Are your shelves also filled with books you bought but never read? Which ones will you tackle this summer?

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