I set a summer reading challenge for myself to read 10 books. Easy enough, right?
Apparently too easy. I’ve been breezing by and am currently on #8 – and summer’s only halfway finished.
I don’t think I’m going to re-set my goal, but I thought I would share what I’ve been devouring lately:
We Should All Be Feminists // This mini-book is an abridged version of a TED talk of the same name that the author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, gave in 2013. It’s a quick read and it’s full of insight on gender, feminism, and equality. A must-read for everyone!
What Alice Forgot // This is the one book on this list I’m actually currently reading. It’s from the same author of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty. I’m loving it so far, but it’s such a change from the other books I’ve been reading (WAF is third person omniscient). It’s also being turned into a movie – so be sure to read it now before it’s comes out!
The Silver Linings Playbook // Yes, it’s the book that the Oscar-winning movie is based on! If you’re looking for a quick read that you could realistically finish in a day, this one is for you. It tackles a serious topic (mental illness) with grace and humor. If you liked the movie, you should be warned that the book is rather different (the movie watered down the severity of Pat’s life).
To Kill a Mockingbird // I was never required to read this beautiful piece of American literature in grade school or high school (but we somehow read Huck Finn), so I decided that now was a better time than ever since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is now on bookshelves everywhere (though the jury’s still out on whether or not the author actually consented to its publication…)
Yes Please // Amy Poehler’s memoir is a sort of self-help book to its readers (self-proclaimed by Ms. Poehler). Though this book isn’t too text-heavy, I spent nearly two weeks reading it when I could have finished it in two days. It’s funny at times, but it left (too) much to be desired. I prefer her BFF’s book Bossypants.
The Girl on the Train // Everyone says that if you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll love The Girl on the Train. I definitely liked it – and finished it in two days! It’s a major page-turner of a thriller and yet another book on this list to have a (soon-to-be) movie adaptation.
Paper Towns // A book list from me really isn’t complete without at least one YA novel – this one by John Green (The Fault In Our Stars – but you knew that already… right?). I read it on my Kindle (so cheap! – $3.99), and finished it in a weekend. I really loved all of the characters and their development throughout the book, but felt so disappointed by the ending. I’ll of course go see the movie (so #basic).
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