Are you looking for a challenge this summer? Check out our weekly reading lists, inspired by this list from Bookish. To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection. Happy Reading!
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A celebration of the endless variety of life in the mythical village of Macondo, One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the town through the history of the Buendia family.
The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa
One day Enrique, a high-profile businessman, receives a visit from Rolando Garro, the editor of a notorious magazine that specializes in salacious exposés. Garro presents Enrique with lewd pictures from an old business trip and demands that he invest in the magazine. Enrique refuses, and the next day the pictures are on the front page. Meanwhile, Enrique’s wife is in the midst of a passionate and secret affair with the wife of Enrique’s lawyer and best friend. When Garro shows up murdered, the two couples are thrown into a whirlwind of navigating Peru’s unspoken laws and customs, while the staff of the magazine embark on their greatest exposé yet.
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
A young lawyer reflects on the mid-twentieth-century uprising between Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel and government forces that trapped Pablo’s community in a nightmarish existence and culminated in a friend’s murder.
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez
A collection of stories explores macabre dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina, from women who set themselves on fire to protest domestic violence to a nine-year-old serial killer who acts out in gruesome ways in her classroom.
Doña Barbara by Romulo Gallegos
Doña Barbara is a beautiful and mysterious woman—rumored to be a witch—with a ferocious power over men. When her cousin Santos Luzardo returns to the plains in order to reclaim his land and cattle, he reluctantly faces off against Doña Barbara, and their battle becomes simultaneously one of violence and seduction.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read, he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. This book follows the adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through Spain and become subject to the noble knight-errant’s fanciful imagination.