A Not-So-Novel Post: My Summer Reads

Anyone who knows me has some story about how I devoured a monster of a book in an illogically short amount of time (or spent an entire lake trip locked inside with my nose in a book). Since going to college, I’ve fallen off the bookworm wagon a decent bit, and Audible has been the only real way I’ve had time to finish any book. However, I’ve vowed to consume as many pages as I can this summer, so here’s 6 books that are on my to-read shelf:

1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I’ve never been much of a poetry person. I find traditional poetry horrifically dull, and I’m pretty sure every class I’ve ever spent “analyzing” 6 lines of text only aided in my architect’s ability to bullshark after wasting bucket-loads of my own time. However, after spending too long on Tumblr, I’ve developed an appreciation for modern poetry (the stuff without rhyme).

What this book lacks in traditional rhyme schemes it makes up for in pure, unadulterated emotion. Like a good episode of Black Mirror, you find yourself torn in half by the realities it throws at you, and you kind of have to curl into a ball and process what just happened once it’s over.

2. The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato

In all honesty, I haven’t yet read this book (or anything that follows it on this list, for that matter). It has, however, been on my to-read list for the past eternity and a half. I have a weakness for any book that takes place in the town I’m living in, and the fact that this book happens to have mystery, secret societies¬†and Chicago all in one makes it a dream come true.

3. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying, and this book is a good example of that. In multiple studies it has been found that men believe women dominate a coed conversation if they speak any more than 10% of the time, and so this collection of short stories making fun of the plague of mansplaining is beautiful.

 

4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I’m a firm believer that allowing yourself to experience intensely negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety and anger in virtual settings enriches your everyday life by making appreciation of positive emotions a bit stronger. It is for this reason that I’m a bit of a glutton for horror movies and horrifically depressing books. From what I’ve heard, this book falls in the latter category.

It definitely has disturbing themes considering it follows the young daughter of two meth addicts who develops a relationship with a middle-aged man, but supposedly the prose is beautiful. There’s no glorifying it, though; it’s going to cause emotional carnage. That’s what books are for, though. Right?

 

5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

On a significantly lighter note, there’s this book. It’s being turned into a move (that actually casts minority actors as their minority characters– what a concept!) and it is apparently uproariously funny.

A young woman goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family, expecting quaint cottages and a simple life. What she ends up with is a jet-set lifestyle spent fighting off socialites from her Asia’s-most-eligible-bachelor boyfriend (and his family’s insane antics). Definitely a good, easy, by-the-pool read.

 

6. More Than This by Patrick Ness

Finally, a book that will make you doubt life as you know it. I love a good book that will force you to question everything that you’ve ever believed to be true, and this is one of those.

A young boy drowns, then wakes up the next day. That’s literally all I know. Every 5-star review alternates between psychotic ramblings on the meaning of life and rave reviews, so I’ll take one for the team and be the first to admit that these crazies might have good taste. Besides, what is better than getting trippy with literature?

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