This may be a summer (or, for readers in the southern hemisphere, winter!) like no other we’ve known before, but I hope you’re still carving out some time for reading.
It’s been five or six years now since I first began publishing Weekend Polls inviting readers to share book recommendations with fellow readers around the globe. Do you have any particular titles on your radar for Summer 2020, or some favourites you’d like to recommend to other assistants?
Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
I like both. When it comes to fiction, I lean toward historical fiction. There’s also a novelist whose contemporary fiction I’ve enjoyed in recent years, but I’ve not bought either of her last two releases. As with her 2019 title, her summer 2020 release has had fewer pages than previous books – and that’s with a font size that calls to mind my grade three readers. All right; the print isn’t quite that large, but it I decided to vote with my feet. Instead, I picked up and appreciated Karen Robards’ The Black Swan of Paris. As of a week or so ago, I’m also spending time in the realms of political science, with the non-fiction book Troublesome Young Men, by Lynne Olson.
What about you? Here’s your opportunity to share reading recommendations with assistants around the globe. Are there some fiction titles you’d like to suggest for those who want to escape the real world for a bit, or perhaps you have some titles that you think all the more critical given the times we’re in?
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will publish the results here.