Summer Reading in the Alps


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Summer, we know, is a time to read.

We get out the big books. The ones we now

Have time for.

I like to read

What everyone is reading.

Bestsellers, sitting on the beach,

Or even better,

In a field of wild flowers

In the Swiss Alps.











What and where have you been reading this summer?




82 thoughts on “Summer Reading in the Alps

    • I’m looking forward to reading your new post, Carrie, and finding out what you’ve been reading this summer. I haven’t finished the Joel Dicker book yet but so far it’s a good summer read (engaging and long – perfect for a summer book).

  1. I must say, the Swiss Alps are just wonderful at the beginning of summer! I should go every year! I just finished the great book from Helen Thayer on her trip walking to the North Pole with her dog called “Polar Dreams”……amazing! I recommend it to everyone.
    Thanks for the photos and memories of the Alps

  2. Beautiful pictures!!! And I’m trying (for the third time) to get through the Harry Potter series. (It’s just not my genre — at all!)

    But, I WILL become a non-muggle this go ’round!!!

    • You are wonderfully committed to be trying for the third time! I read the first one and enjoyed it but wasn’t able to get through the second or third all the way so gave up. Like you, not really my cup of tea although the first one was a lot of fun.

      • I figure it’s an almost billion dollar franchise (or maybe it IS?), and there have to be loads of lessons to be learned from it.

        And since I’m going to make the Nick Woods series at least 10 or 15 books long, I figure there’s probably a thing or ten I can learn from one of the most successful series ever!

        How’s the toe?

  3. What incredible views and how lucky to be there when the wild flowers are putting on their show. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng was an interesting read….from my porch.

    • I just looked up the summary of the book and it looks like a book I would like a lot as I love to garden. And I like the idea of you sitting on your porch being transported to foreign lands….

  4. Those pictures are gorgeous! It really looks like the perfect place to read!

    I haven’t been reading much this summer; work has kept me way too busy to do anything, basically. 😦 But these past two weeks I decided enough was enough and started reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I’ve made it to the third now and I absolutely love it. I don’t know if you’re into high fantasy, but if you are, I do recommend it!

  5. Lovely pics – those wild mountain flowers are something. I was in Switzerland on a school trip, umm, 47 years ago! Reading Pride & Prejudice – shame on me for not having read it previously.

    • I’m sure you’d find that the Alps haven’t changed much since your last visit- the ski resorts are bigger but most have kept their charm and maintained the same architecture. And the nature is always so beautiful.

      How wonderful to read Pride and Prejudice for the first time! There are always some classics that have slipped through our fingers and we get a chance to read them for the first time as adults rather than at school. I wonder if it’s not better that way sometimes. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. You lucky dog, you…what incredible pix! Most of my summer reading hasn’t been as glamorous. My patio is pretty kick-ass, but my lunchtime reading downtown is quite the challenge with the giant building being constructed next to the park I hang out at. It’s fun though because there is a fountain there that all of the kids play in, so that’s a sweet background.

    I still need to read Pride and Prejudice. It’s an Amazon freebie and I have it lined up on my gigantic e-bookshelf. I’ve never read it before.

    • Your patio pictures are always lovely so I can imagine that it’s a delightful place to read. The lunchtime reading place sounds like more of a challenge, hahaha!

  7. I wish I were reading in the Alps!!!
    I’ve been immersed in fiction this summer. Most notable for me was Herman Koch’s ‘Summer House With Swimming Pool.’ He is a Dutch writer who creates the most despicable characters. I first read ‘The Dinner’ and couldn’t put it down even though I couldn’t stand a single person in the story. The same was mostly true for Summer House. I think it takes a very masterful writer to keep you reading when you’re not even rooting for anyone in the story.

    • I have The Dinner on my list of books I want to read and now I know I want to move it up on my list as I understand what you mean by being totally engaged with a story despite – or even because – the unsavory characters. Thanks for reminding me of The Dinner and for recommending Summer House with Swimming Pool – I look forward to reading them both!

  8. Wow! Beautiful photographs! I just can’t imagine I would have time to read with such incredible views to enjoy… 😉

  9. Majestic scenery, and so tidy…those clever Swiss! You’ll find out what I’ve been doing and reading if I ever get my next blog post written. But summer has been sooooo lovely! Glad you had a nice trip.

    • Majestic is the right word! (and everything tidy and on time, of course…). I’m looking forward to hearing about your summer in your next post, Tom.

  10. Swoon! Oh, to read in the Alps! Followed by raclette, Swiss wine & perhaps a bit of chocolate for dinner. Perfection!

    • You described one of our meals there! Although instead of raclette, we had croute au fromage. It would be easy to live on bread, cheese and chocolate there!

  11. What a perfect view to accompany a delicious summer read! I have The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair on my shelves to read soon. Next up, I’ll be reading All the Light We Cannot See. Unless something else catches my eye. (So many books, so little time. 🙂 )

  12. la suisse!!!

    I have been reading on trains, lakeside, generally speaking I love reading when traveling. or under a tree. I show you where.

    my latest book being Murakami’s the art of running, which i purchased before boarding a train at the station bookshop.

    i don’t like reading at home, still, doesn’t work for me.

    Kisses N.

    • Reading on trains is especially nice – the rhythm of the tracks, the scenery passing by – you are so right Nicola! I’m not surprised you don’t like reading at home…

      I loved Murakami’s The Art of Running – and I don’t even run, haha!

  13. Room for a companion, your photos look beautiful and I can imagine that nature is a pleasant distraction from reading as well, as well as locating a corkscrew for that next bottle of wine. I haven’t been anywhere half as wonderful as this, although the pub does bear a resemblance after a few too many.

    I have been reading a mammoth 800 page book called The State of Africa recently, in fact just finished today so anything could be up next but probably something a little lighter and perhaps a little thinner as well. The hills are alive with the sound of pages turning…they were the alternative and for me better lyrics to that song.

    • Reading in nature is particular indeed – it’s wonderful but can be distracting too – but in a good way. You know, I’ve never read in a pub, only in cafes. I will have to try it one day….

      The State of Africa, you say? I will have to look into that one. I hope you’ll write a review of it. The one I’m reading (the one in the photos – The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – is 800 pages as well but an easy, engaging read so far – perfect for the summer).

      • A review as ever will be forthcoming after a decent amount of time spent musing on and weighing up my words like they were on the scales of Justice in the Egyptian afterlife.

        I shall have to look yours up, or at least a translation until I am proficient enough in French to tackle anything other than a child’s book. I am impressed that we both went for huge books but such diverse styles of writing. I think I will follow suit with a more summery book next, although I always think of Africa as hot so my method reading holds up in a way.

        • Yes, the African heat sort of works as making it a summer read…. in a way. But perhaps a lighter book to finish the summer might indeed be the next choice. Mine is already in translation (I checked for my neighbor). It’s hard to recommend a book I haven’t finished yet but so far it’s engaging and interesting without being too deep.

  14. Beautiful Letizia, I have passed through Switzerland and briefly visited the Italian region – I think it was Lugano, I’d actually forgotten all about it until you reminded me! We don’t have our holidays in the summer, so the ‘where’ has been around the house, the ‘what’ has been quite a few bloggers books, like Roy McCarthy, Britt Skrabanek…also Deborah Harkness’ ‘A Discovery of Witches’ and Annie Proulx’s memoir ‘Bird Cloud’.

    • The Italian region is lovely too- how great that you had a chance to visit it. I’ve read Roy’s book and am reading Britt’s, but I will add Harkness’ and Proulx’s memoir to the list, thanks.

    • Reading by the fire is just delightful. It is one of the reasons I look forward to the colder months.

      I saw the movie Divergent on the airplane returning from Switzerland in fact and then noticed it was based on a series of books.

  15. What a beautiful reading spot. I did some summer reading in Trieste, Italy and as it turned out the book I selected parts of it happened in Trieste. It was a pleasant surprise.

  16. Know what’s sad, Letizia? They tell kids at our school what to read over the summer. And they didn’t like the books much. I wish they’d encouraged them to read, whatever book they wanted. That was the beauty of summer – discovering a book on your own.

    • That’s a shame they don’t have time to read books they want to read. Vacation is a great time to explore new genres and really learn the pleasure of reading and books. Reading shouldn’t always be associated with homework – sometimes they dislike a book they might otherwise like because it’s ‘homework’… I had that experience even in university.

  17. What an outstanding set of photos… I wish I was there, dear Letizia…
    As to me, I think I just read Robert Graves (Greek Myths in two volumes, reading interrupted!) and some few ones by Haruki Murakami… Also a good one.. “A moveable Feast” by Hemingway… I think that was all for my summer. (six months ago)
    Always nice to drop by here. Best wishes to you!, Aquileana 😀

    • It’s hard to remember what one reads six months ago so thank you for remembering! I like most of Murakami’s books too and I really enjoyed A Moveable Feast. I haven’t read Graves’ Greek Myths so I will add that to my list, thank you.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  18. Beautiful photos, now I want to go outside and read. Must put this book on my list, I have so many books I need to read. Thanks for going into my friends blog.

  19. Wow! It must be hard to concentrate on a book while reading in a place like that. My favorite summer read would be perfect for that place though – And the Mountains Echoed. 🙂

    • Good book! I read it at the start of the summer. My favorite story line was of Nila and the servant (forgot his name) in the big house. There were a lot of charming, well written scenes in that plot line. He (the servant) was a good character.

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