Every summer I fall back in love with reading. I remember the thrill and excitement of turning a summer reading list into a big, fresh stack of unread books, and then devouring them one by one. I never failed to be an overachiever where the summer reading list was concerned. Read five books before the first day of school? Pshhh – I’ll read twenty. I’d like to take this moment to thank my parents for enabling my voracious reading habit as a child – it couldn’t have been cheap. I am so thankful for my love of reading today.
After a particularly stressful couple of months with work, there’s nothing quite like taking a bit of a mental summer vacation by picking up a book. Here are a few of the books that I’ve enjoyed so far this summer…
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson details Lawson’s battle with mental illness. For such a serious topic, Lawson does a brilliant job of making her own unique experience relatable through humor.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah After having a sample of this on my kindle for months, I finally decided that nearly 26,000 positive reviews should not be ignored. I subsequently could not put this down. The Nightingale tells a fictional story of two sisters in Nazi occupied France throughout WWII, and how they coped with and fought against the destruction of their home, family, friends and livelihoods. I enjoyed the suspense that was built by a very character driven plot – you very quickly find yourself rooting for sisters Vianne and Isabelle and I felt for them even long after turning the final page.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Upon completing The Nightingale, I couldn’t quite leave France. Another very highly rated bestseller happened to share a similar setting, so I picked up All the Light we Cannot See. I am still in the middle of reading this one, as I ended up putting it down for some lighter reading material, but cannot wait to pick it back up.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld As mentioned above, I eventually realized that I needed a bit of a lighter read after having WWII based novels in my hands and on my mind for a while. I was immediately drawn to Eligible because it combined two of my favorite things – Pride and Prejudice and a spoof of The Bachelor. For any fans of the original Pride and Prejudice or retellings like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries should happily flip through the pages of this adaptation. While not my #1 favorite (I’ve read a fair few), I did find Eligible to be a page turner as I eagerly wanted to see how each situation in the original was translated to modern day. Definitely a fun beach read.