Last week, just in time for summer *officially* starting, I finished the first 10 books of my ever-growing summer reading list. My quick thoughts below… which I know 99% of you don’t care about. It’s okay, 100% of me does not care that you don’t care. 😉 HOORAY READING.
- The Maze Runner trilogy + prequel (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order) by James Dashner: Young adult. Like a scarier, darker version of The Hunger Games but with a male protagonist. A page-turner, though slow starting. Even though this is YA, I had to take breaks reading the series because I got scared haha.
- One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak: Fiction, short stories. I had SUCH high hopes for this book and was sorely disappointed. I initially assumed this would be a Mindy Kaling/Tina Fey-esque memoir, so was disappointed right off the bat. I only enjoyed about 20% of the short stories, but part of it probably had to do with the fact that it was way hyped up before I read it.
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: Contemporary fiction. One of my favorite authors. A sad, haunting, and beautiful story about an Indian family… like all of other Lahiri’s books. ❤
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Contemporary fiction. My favorite book of the bunch!! Dark humor, twisted, and gripping. Read it before watching the movie (or trailer), coming out soon. I LOVE Flynn’s writing style.
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: Contemporary fiction. Almost as engaging as Gone Girl, and even darker.
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Young adult. The plot reminded me of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (one of my fave YA books) so it was hard not to compare, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Excited for the movie to come out in 2015.
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: Contemporary fiction/chick-lit. A brainless read, comparable to a Lauren Weisberger novel (any book she wrote other than The Devil Wears Prada, like Chasing Harry Winston, which apparently was voted #1 Worst Book of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly… why have I read most of her books?).
I also randomly read Hatchet (Gary Paulsen) and Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), which I somehow didn’t read as a child (weren’t they “core” books for some schools?). Seriously though, why are they both so sad?!?! Gawd.
Anyway, here are my next 10! Friends, please continue to send your recommendations my way. 🙂
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
- Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card (I read this 10-15 years ago but remember nothing)
I’m also considering re-reading the entire Harry Potter series, though the time commitment required for that is a bit daunting. But I was having a conversation with a friend last week and couldn’t remember that Snape killed Dumbledore (spoiler alert circa 2005) or that Harry killed Voldemort (spoiler alert circa 2007)..!! :O I seriously have the worst memory ever.