Lately I’ve been more and more interested in fiction—which is surprising, but also really fun. I think summer is a natural time to dive into novels and dare to enter the imagination of an author. It’s beautiful how the mind can float away to another world of characters and plots just by reading words on a page. As I eagerly await the sweetest arrival at the end of the summer (baby Jack), I’ll be distracting and entertaining myself with all kinds of tasks and activities, but especially reading. These are six of the books on my list this summer.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I admittedly have already finished this one thanks to all of the free time I had to lounge and read on our babymoon. A love story about two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group, this sad-sounding book is, yes, a tear-jerker, but also guaranteed to make you laugh. It’s beautiful and tragic, and possibly the best novel I’ve ever read. I loved every bit of it, and can’t wait to see the movie this week!
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. I stumbled upon this book through BookBub a month or two ago and have yet to dive into it. A story about summer, the beach, and family, it sounds right up my alley—I’m a sucker for any kind of book based on summer in New England (if you are too, check out What Remains—a gem of a nonfiction read—and anything by Elin Hilderbrand).
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m a little late to the game on this one, as I know it’s been out for a while. But I’ve heard a lot of good things about this creepy thriller of a novel, and I’ve decided I absolutely have to read it before Ben Affleck stars in the movie later this year.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I owe the knowledge of this book to my friend Jane, who told me about it at a wedding we recently attending in Dallas. Apparently the author, Pierce Brown, attended Pepperdine while Jane and I were there—how cool is that? According to Jane, if you liked Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, you’ll love Red Rising. Since I absolutely loved both of those, I feel confident this is going to be a great read.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. From twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child to 39-year-old divorcee with three kids, this book is all about what happened in between, a period of time the main character, Alice, has completely forgotten and is desperate to remember in order to piece together her life.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Described on Amazon as “a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole,” this is a book I’ve seen popping up over and over again as a must-read. Thus, I’m totally going to read it. Hope it lives up to the hype!
What are you planning to read this summer? What are some of your favorite novels (taking recommendations!!)?