We’ve posted our selections, compiled by Katie Bircher, for summer reading–the fun kind, not for school. You can see my at-home mostly-unread piles above: some are as yet untouched and saved for true leisure (The End of the Wasp Season, by Denise Mina, a Scottish crime writer I love) and some half-read and unlikely to be finished, at least by me–Richard is the kind of guy who plows on to the bitter end even when it’s Saul Bellow.
I have finished Simon Mawer’s The Glass Room, one of the best novels I’ve read in several years. I’m trying to get into his new book Trapeze, about a young English woman recruited to sneak into France during WWII. So far it’s okay but not a patch on the similarly premised Code Name Verity, which is on the list linked above. Which shows you should always listen to the Horn Book.
P.S. And if you liked Code Name Verity, try The Defector, first in a fabulous quintet (I think) of books by Evelyn Anthony from the 1980s about a Helen Mirren-like Cold War agent for the Brits. I’m giving them another go come Memorial Day weekend. What’s on your shelf?