I want to write a positive post today as things in the UK are, as you can imagine, pretty tense. Yesterday I woke up to the dreadful news of the attack in Manchester, and this morning the news that we are on critical alert, meaning an attack is thought to be imminent and the army have been deployed. It's very sobering, and I think like many people here some happiness and joy should be shared. To cheer up myself and hopefully others I thought I'd make my list for the 20 Books of Summer interspersed with some of the nicest pictures I've seen of books and summer.
For the past few years Cathy of 746 Books holds a 20 Books of Summer Challenge from 1st June to 3rd September and this will be my fourth year of joining! I've never yet managed to read from my 20 Books list (previous attempts: 2014, 2015, and 2016) but perhaps this will be the year. My personal best I think is 15, so anything above 15 will be regarded as a big achievement! For my list I've decided to take 5 books from my Ancient Greek and Roman Challenge and 15 from my Classic Club list. Without further ado, here's my selection...
The Golden Ass by Apuleius.
Ethics by Aristotle.
Confessions by Augustine of Hippo.
The Symposium by Plato.
Constellation Myths: With Aratus's Phaenomena by Eratosthenes and Aratus.
|Plato's Symposium by Anselm Feuerbach (1869).|
The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse.
The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn.
The Wonder: a Woman Keeps a Secret by Susanna Centlivre.
In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus.
Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth.
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.
Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Monkey by Wu Cheng'en.
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford.
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay.
The Royal Mischief by Delarivier Manley.
The Innocent Mistress by Mary Pix.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.
The Fatal Friendship by Catherine Trotter.
And, because summer is so very close, here's some summery loveliness I've seen online of late!
|Sunset at Millennium Green in North Hykeham by Malc Sawyer.|
|Cambridge University Botanic Garden by Peter Edwards.|
|Early morning misty view of the Rose Garden, seen from the Tower at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook, Kent.|
|David Austin Roses.|
|Tall Bearded Iris ('Patchwork Puzzle').|
|A quote from The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.|
And, until June, I think I'll be finishing Hardy's Jude the Obscure (which I love even more the second time around) and The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks, which is quite a challenging read as you can no doubt imagine.
Do let me know if you're joining with Cathy's 20 Books of Summer 😊