Since this past summer was full of so much travel, there was actually a lot of time for reading. Ready for a serious book review post? Here we go…
This summer I read:
15+ trashy romance novels: these do not get summaries but just know that I love them all and no, I’m not ashamed of it.
The Nightingale: best book I read all summer. This is very very high on my list of favorite books ever. We’re talking right behind Harry Potter, A Time to Kill, and tied with All the Light We Cannot See. It takes place in France during WWII and is the story of two sisters and the different ways the war changed their lives. I cannot recommend it enough. Thanks for insisting I read it, Leah!
Big Little Lies: second best book I read all summer. Seriously gripping and I never saw the ending coming. Not once. It is a story about a group of parents whose children all go to school together–that’s all I’ll say. Seriously, read this. Shout out to Leah for this rec, too!
The Invention of Wings: another recommendation from Leah, because she picks the best books. A really great read about Sarah Grimke, an anti-slavery activist and her relationship with a slave her family owns.
Always Looking Up: Michael J. Fox’s memoir–I had to read this for a class but I’m so glad that I did. I didn’t know much about Fox’s struggle with Parkinson’s and I found this to be so inspiring.
On the Island: this could technically fall into the trashy romance novel category but it’s a step above, I think. Leah doesn’t just recommend the best legit books but also great beach reads as well. A tutor and her student are in a plane crash and stranded alone on a deserted island. It’s good.
Look Me in the Eye: this was another school read but another good one. This is a memoir by a man with Asberger’s Syndrome, I really loved reading it.
Paper Towns: I devoured this in a day in anticipation of seeing the movie, which I still haven’t actually seen! I loved it, as I do most young adult novels.
The Reason I Jump: I know this is getting redundant but, another school read, this one by a 13 year old with autism. It was so insightful and has been groundbreaking in regards to learning more about what life is really like for someone with autism.
A Loss For Words: last one, another school book, this one about a woman whose parents are both deaf. I currently have a fascination with ASL and the deaf community and loved learning more about it. Two thumbs up.
Design Mom: Design Mom is one of my all time favorite blogs (remember that time I did a guest post there) and Gabrielle’s first book was a slam dunk. It’s all about making a home work well for the people that live in it and I loved it and look at it all the time.
Not That Kind of Girl: I love Lena Dunham and find her so inspiring, but this book didn’t thrill me at all. There were a few essays that I enjoyed but overall I found it off putting.
One Plus One: this was such a feel good book, I love JoJo Moyes’ writing style and loved meeting more of her characters and being in their world. I cannot suggest this one enough.
So all in all 12 legit books and 15 trashy romance novels. 27 books this summer! And 40 books this year! I’m really proud of myself and so happy that I’ve worked reading back into my daily routine. It does the soul some serious good and makes it much easier to fall asleep at night.