Reading Suggestions for a Long Weekend

With a few (probably rainy?) days off in a row, what better time to actually do some reading? Here are the books I’m planning to read over a long weekend, and ideas if you have some time, too!

Transcendent Kingdom: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021  eBook: Gyasi, Yaa: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi

Synopsis: As a child Gifty would ask her parents to tell the story of their journey from Ghana to Alabama, seeking escape in myths of heroism and romance. When her father and brother succumb to the hard reality of immigrant life in the American South, their family of four becomes two – and the life Gifty dreamed of slips away.

I always feel like fiction that is quite literary requires you to concentrate a bit more on the book. For me, and my chaotic reading habits, this means reading the whole book at once rather than here and there across a longer time period.

Thus, I think a book like this from Yaa Gyasi, which I’m only a few chapters into so far, will be an excellent read.

Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019: Amazon.co.uk:  Evaristo, Bernardine: 9780241364901: Books

Another good suggestion:

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo.

This book is one with quite a few different pov characters, each linked in some way to the next, and this cyclical nature makes it perfect for when you have a longer stretch of time to read it in.

The Thief: 1 (Queen's Thief): Amazon.co.uk: Turner, Megan Whalen: Books

The Queen’s Thief – Megan Whalen Turner

Synopsis: Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything-or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king’s magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he’s in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own.

A problem I have is that if I read the first book of a series and enjoy it, I then cannot read anything else until I’ve immediately consumed the rest of that series. Sadly, it’s not a very practical reading habit! (Fun, though.)

A book like this, then, which has been sitting on my bookshelf, is a perfect read for a long weekend, as it’s the first in a series, centring around this single character.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab

Another good suggestion:

A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab.

Each book follows almost directly into another in this trilogy, and the fact that it’s only three books means it’s very readable if you have the time! Plus it’s excellent.

The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limon

The Carrying – Ada Limón

Synopsis: Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility—“What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?”—and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: “Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal.”

Poetry is something I always forget I actually really enjoy reading, so having some time on my hands to dive into a book or two of it is a wonderful idea.

I’ve had this book by Ada Limón for a while, and I’m excited to read some of these poems.

Wild Embers: Poems of rebellion, fire and beauty: Amazon.co.uk: Gill, Nikita:  9781409173922: Books

Another good suggestion:

Wild Embers – Nikita Gill

I recently unearthed this book from my bookshelf, and definitely haven’t read everything it has to offer, so perhaps I’ll take a look at this, too! Nikita Gill writes such relatable and simple yet heart-hitting poetry – and started off posting her poems online.

What books do you suggest are made for long weekends?

2 comments

  1. oooh i absolutely adore these covers and yess i can relate– if i like the first book of the series, i really wont be able to read anything else until i’ve finished reading the rest of the series💗💗

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    • I didn’t even consider that, but they are all pretty good, aren’t they! Haha, I’m glad someone else does the same thing–bingeing a series is the best reason for reading older books!

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