The weekend's almost here. In an effort to put off weeding, or any other chore that resembles work (and unpaid at that), we resume the Populist Summer Reading Challenge.
What are you reading this summer?
Each summer, the Populist tries to tackle a big book, one of those classics that most of us are embarrassed to admit we never read and we might regret never having read on our deathbed.
That's not to say that great books consitute all our summer readin, or that all Great Books are work.
Trollope proved enormously entertaining, both The Way We Live Now and Orley Farm. A few years ago, The Brothers Karamazov attracted a few snickers from fellow beachcombers but proved an absolute treat and surprisingly funny in parts.
During the summer, the Populist has also discovered some terrific true beach writers like mystery greats Robert Wilson, Alan Furst and Jake Arnott.
Please share your recommended summer reads or what you plan to devour this season.
So far we have recommendations of the new War and Peace translation, Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, James Joyce's Ulysees, Crime and Punishment, and Cry, The Beloved Country. Oh, and also Anna Karenina, which we candidly admit to having never read.