113. 10 Different Books to Read this Summer #secondedition

Summer has arrived in full swing and if you’re still enjoying rain wherever you live, I envy you big time!

I don’t like summers at all!

Let’s say I’m more of a winter/autumn gal, but those long 2-3 month summer vacations are what makes the weather somewhat bearable.

Since, a ton of you have been asking me for books to read for the holidays, here are my 10 picks from every genre that I could find.

Also, I am a book depository affiliate now *say what* which basically means I get a small percent for any purchase you guys make using my affiliate link: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=sarah120

I’ll be grateful if you use it for any book you like down below or for any other title.

Hence, without ado scroll down below for the recommendations:

  1. Book Series: The Mistborn Trilogy

The Mistborn trilogy was one of the best fantasy series I came across last year. The author, Brandon Sanderson literally captivates your mind and honest to God I have never read anything like this.

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He knows how to write High-fantasy, create an epic magic system, strong yet flawed characters, and a mind blowing plot.

The first book in the series is The Final Empire which you can buy here or get the entire series here.

I’ve extensively reviewed all three books, but trust my word this series will change your life.

Reviews:

  1. Contemporary: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is a book that I have seen everywhere, although it was released in 2013 the hype around it hasn’t died and it only recently came on my radar.

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It is a story about a Nigerian couple who leave the country amid the strikes. The girl moves to US to attend university and the guy ends up in London.

At the heart of the story is a deep look at immigration, race in the US and the difference of being black in Nigeria versus the US.

I’ve never read anything by a Nigerian author but this year I’m all about diversity in books so will definitely be picking this up.

You can check it out here.

  1. Thriller: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I have seen this thriller a lot on the ‘gram and to be honest I find it very intriguing and creepy.

The story is about a woman who shot her husband and after the case got closed she didn’t speak a word. Until, a psychotherapist comes around and thinks he can make her talk as to what lead her to pull the trigger.

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  1. Classic: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This was my first Oscar Wilde and my oh my was my mind blown away. I found it very existential in a way and made me think a ton about narcissism, youth and growing old.

I suggest you pick this classic up and just dive right in, you’ll be in for an eerie ride.

Read up my entire review.

  1. Fiction: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People was one of those book that was too much hyped about last year and is continuing the ride.

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Some people loved it, some didn’t. But one thing is for sure, the young author and her book cannot be ignored. Her writing is exquisite and I am dying to get my hands on it.

  1. Non-Fiction: Lost connections by Johann Hari

Recently I came across an interview of the author by Matt D’avella (who by the way is an amazing filmmaker and Youtuber and you check his channel out). I’ll link the interview down below:

He talked about loneliness, depression and how tribes/community are important for humans. I was so fascinated by the way Hari talked I ordered his book right away, the interview is really compelling and for the first time I found someone talking about depression in a way that made it sound less over talked about, in a way.

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  1. Historical Fiction: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Mooris

This book is from the World War 2 era. It is a story of survival, barbarism, cruelty and eventually love. It a story of how humanity prevailing in the darkest of times. I know it will be heartbreaking, but I, oh so want to read it.

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  1. Memoir: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama. First Lady. Memoir. Need I say more?

Dying to read this, but waiting for the paperback to release.

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  1. South Asian Author: The Runaways by Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto is a force to be reckoned with and writes about subjects often too sensitive to be discussed among our dining tables. Her book “The Shadow of the Crescent Moon” opened my eyes to a lot of aspects that I hadn’t been aware of.

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Likewise, in this book her characters are based in Karachi and the UK. I don’t want to spoil the plot with too many details, except that this book is highly important in today’s political climate.

  1. Book-turned-Movie: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I watched the movie of this book before I read it and I am so glad I did. The movie was absolutely beautiful but the book is even stunning, review is here.

It was funny, courageous, making you laugh on one page and cry at the next. If you’re not ready to read this, watch the movie.

Set after World War2, about a female author who begins correspondence with a Book Club member in Guernsey this is a heart-warming story of finding friends in fiction and reality.

 

That is it for now. I hope you find something you like and have your reading plans for this summer decided. Whether or not you have other plans, your fictional adventures await you my friends 😉

Best of luck!
-Sarah

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