2014 summer reading suggestions

Just in case you didn’t find anything that piqued your interest in the comments from Tuesday’s open thread, here are some suggestions I’ve been collecting for the last month or so from colleagues around the world. Have you read any of these yet? What are your favorite books for summer?

Alina Cincan, Managing Director of translation agency

The Storyteller, by Jodi Picoult (full review coming up!)

Corinne McKay, ATA-certified translator

Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, both by Hilary Mantel (full review coming up!)

Judy Jenner, entrepreneurial linguist and court interpreter

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Room, by Emma Donoghue—a book that leaves a long-lasting impression. Not for the faint of heart.

Lisa Carter, literary translator
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki — fantastic writing, multi-faceted characters, two languages (Japanese and English) and two cultures (Japan and US) reflected

Living to Tell the Tale, by Gabriel García Márquez — after the great magical realist’s passing, it offers a glimpse into how he became the writer he was

Gwenydd Jones, translator and translator trainer
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig

My own favorites:

Joyland, by Stephen King—not as spooky or angry as most King novels, and guaranteed to remind you of part of your childhood/early adulthood summers at least once

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller—brilliant. just fantastic read, especially if you like camping.

The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K LeGuin—reading a book about an ice-bound place is always a nice change in the heat of summer


What books do you recommend for relaxing with over the summer? Add your own titles in the comments!

3 thoughts on “2014 summer reading suggestions

  1. I can’t wait to read all the reviews!

    Regarding Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’ (King is one of my favourite authors – you may have guesses from my previous recommendations that I’m into horror), you are right; it’s not as spooky as some of his other novels, but it will still give you the chills.

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