This month I had a little extra time to read with my free days in California. Something about the sunny days and the backyard oasis make me want to curl up with a book all afternoon. This month I read four new books and listened to one on Audible. With five books checked off of my “to read” list I’ve been one happy reader. Next on my list “I am Malala” and “The Assistants“.
After the Georgia Flu wipes out 99% of humanity over a matter of days the remaining survivors are left to recreate their lives. There is no longer electricity, there is no longer Internet, hospitals and universities and shopping malls are just memories of the past. Still, a group of actors and musicians band together to form a traveling Shakespeare performing troop. This book was a little difficult for me to get into initially. Though I love dystopian novels initially the writing didn’t hook me in. However, once I got to know the characters a little better I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks between the “old world” and apocalyptic future. A must read for all dystopia fans!
There’s something about teen love stories that warm my 25 year old soul. Either teen love stories are sweeter or I’m mentally stuck at age 15. Either way, I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love you so when the newest installment of the trilogy was released I shamelessly ordered it on Amazon the day it was released. Jordan teased me for reading a novel meant for children but Jenny Han’s writing is so effortlessly heart-warming…I gobbled up the novel in 48 hours. The story picks up mid way through Lara Jean’s senior year of high school as she’s submitting college applications and pondering what the future will bring for her life and her relationship.
I read Anne of Green Gables several times as a child though I’d mostly forgotten the series since adulthood. When “Anne with an E” was a released on Netflix I remembered my love of Prince Edward Island’s Avonlea and all of its inhabitants. After the first episode of the Netflix series I knew I needed to reread the novel. Anne’s whimsically romantic view of the world is enchanting and uplifting (I must also add Anne is MUCH more endearing in the novels than in the Netflix show). I remembered loving Anne of Green Gables but forgot how beautifully written and poetic the story was. Rereading the book as an adult shed new light on the characters and story that I would not have understood as a child. For those of you haven’t read the children’s literature classic I highly recommend it. Anne, an 11 year old orphan is thrilled when she finds out she is getting adopted by the Cuthberts, a never married brother and sister living in Avonlea. When she arrives at the house she quickly is charmed by the natural beauty of its surroundings as well as by the feeling of having a real home. Sadly, Anne’s entire adoption was a mistake. The Cuthberts intended to adopt a boy all along. Still, they decided to keep Anne and raise her as their own. The book spans across Anne’s childhood and shares tales of mischief and imagination. Though it is technically a children’s novel it is well written and intriguing to adult readers as well.
Sarah and Lauren have been best friends since they were eleven when they met at a prestigious private school in NYC. The girls have grown from children to women sharing trips to Europe, college dorm rooms, and stolen cigarettes on the rooftop of Sarah’s childhood home. Yet, at age 32 Lauren can’t help but feel (though she’ll only half admit it) slightly irritated by Sarah. As Sarah prepares to marry her long term boyfriend, Lauren is avoiding the rush to settle down. This summer read explores how long term friendships evolve as both parties grow and change. While this definitely wasn’t a life changing novel it was an interesting look at friendships and how they adapt as we enter new phases of our lives.
When I heard “Everything, Everything” was coming out in theaters I knew I had to read the book. I love a good teenage love story. First off, I listened to this book on Audible, for some people (myself included) listening to a book rather than reading it provides a different experience. Between a morning run, a few chores I needed to catch up on and laying outside in the sun listening I finished this short book (6ish hours) in less than 24 hours. Madeleine, the main character, is 18 years old and has lived her whole life from inside the walls of her house. She takes online classes, reads voraciously and turns to her mother and her nurse for any socializing she craves. Still, Madeleine dreams of the world outside. When a new teenage boy moves in next door Madeleine forms an online friendship that leaves her questioning what the meaning of life is and whether or not being alive actually constitutes real living. You should read this book if you are looking for something quick and cutesy or if you are like me and refuse to see a movie if you haven’t read the book yet. There isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with this story but while some teenage literature translates into compelling literature for adults I found this story fairly predictable.
If you have read any of the books I checked off my list this month I would love to read about what you thought. Did you disagree with my opinions? Did you hate a book I loved?
If you didn’t read the books I mentioned have you had any time to sit back and enjoy a good book this month? What’s on your summer reading list? Once I start law school I’m not sure I’ll have much time for leisurely reading but I do hope to finish a few light hearted beach reads over the summer.