Reading is definitely my favorite past time. It's relaxing, entertaining and as far as hobbies go, cheap.
I thought I would share my summer 2015 reading list.
What I've read:
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Everyone know Judy Blume. I mean, she wrote all your favorite books as a kid. This is her newest novel for adults.
Set in the early 1950's in New Jersey, 15-year-old Miri witnesses a series of plane crashes that rock her small town. Rumors spread about the likely cause of these mysterious events.
The tale is told from the perspective of several different characters including Miri, her mother and grandmother and a cast of other characters.
I was really eager to read this novel after hearing about it on NPR and requested it from the library as soon as it arrived.
I finished it early Wednesday morning. However, as much as I liked the plot, the character development and the themes of family and friendship, I really didn't care for the book overall. At times I found the narration to be unreliable and the plot fizzled around 3/4 of the way through.
What I will be reading:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This novel has gotten so much buzz and even won a Pulitzer Prize. I got it this week from the library and I am really excited to read it and it came highly recommended from several people.
A blind young woman and an orphan meet in France... that's about all I can tell you.
However, I am really looking forward to reading it and seeing if it lives up to all the buzz.
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
I started this book and so far I LOVE it. This is Davis' first novel and based on the few chapters I've read her talent is evident and her career will be long.
The novel is about a young girl named Millie who, after the death of her father, is abandoned by her mother in the underwear department of a department store. She is then found by an elderly widower and an elderly lady and they go on an adventure to find Millie's mother.
Davis is a delightful writer and while the subject matter is sad, her writing is charming.
Unoffendable by Brand Hansen
Are you concerned about the rage culture we are living in? I am. It seems like everyone I know is ticked off about something and frankly, it's getting old. In fact, the constant anger, mob mentality and incessant complaining is why I deactivated my personal Facebook account last week.
I just can't do it anymore. This book arrived last week just days before I decided to pull the plug on Facebook.
It is all about just what I am talking about. It's about making the choice to choose not to get angry or offended.
I am only a few pages in, but so far I like what I'm reading.
Wolf in the White Van by John Darnielle
Okay, this one might be a bit of a mind bender. It seems a little dark and twisty and sometimes I enjoy that in a novel.
Based on what the cover says it is about a young man named Sean who has been horribly injured and becomes a hermit. While in isolation he creates a multi-user fantasy game. However, when players mix reality in with game Sean is called into account for their actions.
I know that's pretty vague but it sounded so interesting.
What about you? What are you reading this summer?