A Summer of Books
I love mentally checking out and getting lost in a good book. Summertime is especially permitting for such behavior, as there are no research papers to be written nor textbooks to be read.
I like a very specific genre: historical fiction with a female main character. I used to only read books within that small bubble. However, this summer I've been trying to read a few books I would not be normally drawn to.
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I've always loved this book. It's one book I can always turn to when all else fails. I get encapsulated by Amory and his thought process and the next thing I know, the book is done. If you haven't done so already, pick this one up.
Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber- This book is passed around my family sacredly. This is an awesome book for you if you are remotely concerned about your health. Servan-Schreiber, a cancer survivor, covers the basics of living a healthy lifestyle.
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney- AH I love this book. Definitely a book that you can consume in one sitting. The characters are relatable and the story is deliciously engaging. I like to think of it as a well-written beach book.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- This novel is jampacked with beautiful messages that everyone can relate to. It's the kind of book where you can turn to any page and be inspired by a few sentences. This is one of my favorite quote from the book " Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."
The Girls by Emily Cline- I completely judged this book by its cover. I thought this would be a silly summer read. I could not have been more wrong. This book is so addictive in the most bizarre way. It's a book I never would've thought I'd like; a book about a cult in the 70s. The main character, however, is relatable and you can't help but love her. You will demolish this book in a weekend.
Bossypants by Tina Fey- I know, I know, I'm late to the party. My darling cousin recently insisted I read it. It's a quick and easy read and it's hilarious. Take a break between seriously intellectual novels and read this.