I don’t know about everyone else, but my reading habits get a lot more relaxed during the summer. I have a hard time reading any books other than fiction, and pretty light fiction at that. But really, is that something I should be ashamed of? As long as you’re reading, that’s all that matters. So here’s a list of what I’ve been reading in August.
What Alice Forgot
This book is probably my favourite book by Liane Moriarty. The plot is definitely a little silly and far fetched, but in such a fun way. It was definitely a page turner, and I was able to read it in a few days. I thought it was cute and heartwarming, and definitely made me tear up a little.
Truly, Madly, Guilty
This is another Liane Moriarty book. I enjoyed this book, but not at much as “What Alice Forgot”. The entire book alludes to a tragic event that happened at a barbecue. At times I found myself wanting to yell “JUST TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AT THE BARBECUE”. However, this writing style clearly works for her, and I still enjoyed the book. There were a few great twists at the end that I did not see coming, and everything was tied together quite nicely.
Me Before You
Do not read the end of this book in public. I had been warned of this, but my boyfriend was still slightly alarmed when he heard me sobbing uncontrollably in bed one Saturday morning. I don’t think I’ve had such a strong reaction to a book since I read Marley and Me. Although I feel like this book could be categorized with the typical romance books of which I am not a fan, I found the writing very pleasant and I loved the story.
The Virgin Suicides
This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. There is no air of mystery to it, as you know from the first few pages that all the Lisbon sisters are going to kill themselves (also I’ve totally seen the movie). Despite this, I still found myself unable to put it down. The author paints such a vivid picture with his poetic writing style. I expected to find this book disturbing and perhaps a little dull, but I ended up really loving it. I’m excited to read Jeffrey Eugenides’ more recent book, “The Marriage Plot” next.
I hated this book when I started it. I had just finished “The Bell Jar” and this was recommended to me by my kindle. I loved The Bell Jar, but not because I love reading about suicide (although I bet this list could have fooled you!). It’s Sylvia Plath’s writing style that I really love. Also, The Bell Jar approached the subject of mental illness with a light-hearted, almost childish tone, which I found very interesting. Girl, Interrupted was a whole different ball game. Reading about the realities of living in a psychiatric hospital was fairly depressing (who would have guessed?). However, as the book went on the concepts and writing got a little more abstract, and I ended up enjoying it.
Now that August is done I’m ready to put away my sundresses and bathing suits and bring out all those cozy sweaters and boots. Happy first day of September, everyone!