The cool weather outside has reminded me that glorious summer is coming to an end, and that we who live in the tundra must get out and enjoy it while we can. It has also reminded me that the peculiar season known as ‘Summer reading’ is also coming to a close, so here I offer six books to get that last bit of ‘fun’ reading in before the more serious tomes are taken up, the textbooks are cracked open, or the office spreadsheets begin to propagate in depressing numbers. The first three books are fiction and, while they are not light, they are also not Ulysses. The second three books are nonfiction, and are a little more serious without being heavily academic.
- Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez
- The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
- A Heart So White by Javier Marías
- Monsters of the Gévaudan: the making of a beast by Jay M. Smith
- Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
- Ideas That Matter by A. C. Grayling