Even though I’ve long been out of school, which means that summer does not bring any change to my daily routine and therefore does not allow any extra time for reading (boo), I still can’t help but feel that I need a stack of new reads to devour in the warmer months…preferably in Central Park with a box of macarons at my side. I love how once summer approaches, the Internet explodes with articles about everything you must read this summer, and all the best beach reads. I think everyone can agree it’s the perfect time to relax and kick back with a stack of reading material, whether it’s on a hammock, poolside, or in the park. Here are a few books that I’m looking forward to diving into once I finish the (enjoyable) behemoth that is the first Game of Thrones book:
The Fault in Our Stars: I’m sure I’m not the only one planning to read The Fault in Our Stars this summer! Pretty sure it’s been on the bestseller list forever. I recently saw the movie and since it wasn’t quite depressing enough, I plan to depress myself even further by reading the book. I’m kidding! It was obviously sad (as evidenced by the fact that pretty much every single person in the theater was sniffling at a certain point…which thank goodness, otherwise I might’ve been embarrassed that I was pretty much on the verge of sobbing), but it’s also a beautiful story. I definitely would recommend the movie – the two stars, Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley, are incredibly talented. For two young actors to pull off such heavy emotional material and make it feel so real/not at all sappy was seriously impressive. This kind of designed-to-make-you-cry stuff is typically something that I hate and don’t feel the emotions in, so the fact that these two actors really made me feel it says a lot about their talent, and, I think, the quality of the source material. Either that or I’m just getting sappy in my old age, who knows.
The Vacationers: This just looks like summer, doesn’t it? I guess I’m falling victim to marketing! However, this novel about a family’s two week trip to Spain and all of the drama that unfolds along the way sounds like the perfect light read for a sunny day in the park (and the perfect way to take an imaginary trip to Mallorca!).
Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage is the second memoir-mixed-with-recipes from Molly Wizenberg, and since I loved her first book, I’m definitely interested in checking this one out. In Delancey, she chronicles the experience of opening a brick-oven style pizzeria in Brooklyn with her husband, and the effects it has on their young marriage.
Bittersweet: Author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore characterizes this book as a “literary beach read,” which is about as perfect a description of what I want to read in the summer as you can get. In Bittersweet, a scholarship student at a prestigious East Coast college goes to spend the summer at her wealthy new friend’s lake house in Vermont, and there learns that dark secrets lie beneath the family’s seemingly perfect, preppy facade. I’m hoping for a suspenseful page-turner!
We Were Liars is a YA book that takes place on a private island off of Cape Cod, where the main character, Cadence, and her family spend their summers. Cadence is trying to piece together her memories of what happened one particular summer when she suffered a mysterious accident there. This sounds like another compelling, mysterious story about a blue-blood family who has something to hide.
In With the Old is a book I stumbled upon in Barnes and Noble and came close to purchasing (not sure why I didn’t). It’s a really cool coffee table book that offers a brief education and history on iconic interior design items/elements, along with adorable illustrations. It’s like an A-Z encyclopedia of design, and it seems really informative and interesting!
Have any of you read any of these, or plan to? I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to reading this summer!