With everything I do (and everything I TRY to do) throughout the year, the one hobby that gets thrown on the back-burner first seems to be reading – which makes me incredibly sad given how much I love losing myself in a good book. But when summer rolls around I tend to make more time to read, especially on the beach, so I thought I’d share a few recent book reviews in case you’re looking for something to pack this Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s my Summer Reading List, volume 1!
Linking up with Kristin for Collaboreads with this first pick –
a book that became a movie, or will soon!
Book: Everything, Every Thing
Quick Plot: “What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.”
What I loved: The format. Every chapter was different somehow, with Maddie narrating her days, giving book spoilers, sharing chat transcripts and texts, purchase receipts, made up definitions and more. The book is written for a YA audience but the characters were incredibly relatable – bringing you an intriguing mix of young love without the carefree attitude it normally invokes.
Read this if you liked: The Fault in Our Stars
Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Quick Plot: “A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope–a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life… as only a dog could tell it.”
What I loved: This was honestly one of the best books I have ever read, and certainly one of the most well-written. I’m not a dog owner (in fact, I consider myself a cat person) but Stein’s portrayal of the life of a well-loved family dog made me laugh and cry back and forth on repeat throughout the entire 321 pages. A uniquely told story of love and loss combined with a sport I knew virtually nothing about made for a very captivating read.
Read this if you liked: Marley & Me (by liked I definitely mean sobbed throughout)
Book: The Circle
Quick Plot: “A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives. Most of us imagine totalitarianism as something imposed upon us—but what if we’re complicit in our own oppression?”
What I loved: The entire idea. I mean, who comes up with this stuff!? I work with social media at an advertising agency and I see just how precisely marketers can target the digital world every single day – but to consider the notion of abolishing privacy as a whole absolutely blew my mind. The detail with which Eggers describes this society was incredible – and it definitely makes you think about the possibilities of our own world arriving at the same conclusion. Ps. This one is also a movie now, starring Emma Watson & Tom Hanks!
Read this if you liked: Divergent – or really, anything dystopian
Happy summer reading! : )