Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Reading List

The first thing I did when we got to Maryland was find the library. The libraries here are pretty sad establishments, but they are libraries nonetheless. I found out they were doing a adult summer reading program. You had to read three books by July 1st and then you have to read another three books by August 1st. I wasn't sure what the prize would be but I went for it because what else is there to do with my days? Not much. Oh, I guess watch kids. Still, not much.
So I finished five books by July 1st. I went in to claim my first prize thinking it would be like a water bottle or maybe a candy bar. However, it was a set of Orioles tickets! I thought that was pretty cool. So Mark and I are going to the game in a few weeks. Hooray!
Anyway, I thought I would share my reading list with you of what I read this summer and what is still on my list. 
1. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
On the way to the cruise port for our honeymoon, Mark and I stopped at Target to get some dramamine and I realized neither of us had packed books and so we ran to the book section to grab something to keep us entertained. I grabbed this one because it got a 4.5 on goodreads and now that I use goodreads a little more, I kind of think all books get a 4.5? Like if you are able to publish a book you get a 4.5 for trying. 
 This book is about a little girl who runs away from home and the people she meets. Kind of like a medicore Secret Life of Bees. Super mediocre. Not even close. Glenn Close. It was an ok read, but I kept getting confused and it kept getting more and more unrealistic and silly. It was like in the first grade where I was supposed to write a small book. I chose to write one about a little family. I went to name the two children and realized I had way more names I wanted to use so the family ended up having 12 children and the book ended up being like twenty pages longer than it needed to be. I just had so many ideas that I couldn't be stopped. That was how this book was for me. 
2. Margot by Jillian Cantor
I found this book suggestion on one of those Pinterest "Must read in your 20s" book list. I had no clue what it was about, I didn't even read the back cover when I checked it out of the library. I was really surprised to learn it was about The Holocaust. Not only that, but Anne Frank's sister Margot. This book assumes that Margot actually secretly escaped from Auschwitz and about her life afterwards. I liked this book and I also didn't. I love historical fiction but I felt like this was stretching it a litttttlee too far and basically calling Anne Frank a fraud. However, I really liked the idea about exploring Margot a little bit more. She kept a diary too, hers just didn't make it through the war like Anne's diary did. Would Margot's diary been a huge sensation like Anne's diary? Who knows but it's interesting to think about.
I'm still not sure why this book is a must read in your 20s book but it was a good little beach read nonetheless. 
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
This book was recommended by a friend a long time ago and I have checked it out from libraries before but since it's so thick I never started reading the book. This time I committed. It is about a super popular and evil high school girl who dies suddenly. However, she has to relive the day she dies over and over again. It's like a really morbid Groundhog Day. This book convinced me it's time for me to move away from Young Adult Fiction. Not that it wasn't a great book, I just didn't really give a crap about this girls popularity, etc. Since she is literally reliving the same day throughout the entire book, it gets a little repetitive. However, it ends on a bittersweet note and actually breaks your heart a little bit. I didn't realize I was too emotionally invested in this book until I finished it and I was genuinely sad for the main character. I would say this is a classic and easy summer read that won't require much from you.
4.  The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
I hate saying "I love the Holocaust" but I really have a huge interest in it and it has become my area. I am really trying to find the best Holocaust historical fiction book out there to hopefully incorporate into my History classroom. I saw this book on a list of Best Holocaust Books and I checked it out. I loved this book. Like really, really loved it. It's about this couple who get separated during WW2 and about their different lives. It's heartbreaking and beautiful and amazing and eye opening and a million other things. I really like the format it was written in. One chapter is from the mans point of view, one chapter is from the woman's, so on and so forth. I loved that it wasn't your fairly typical concentration camp tale. The woman ends up in Terezin which wasn't technically a concentration camp, but a really interesting project that the Germans were experimenting with. After reading this book I researched more about Terezin and have become really fascinated with it. 
I absolutely recommend this book.
5. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
This book was recommended to me by Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo. I always take her recommendations very seriously, the lady has fantastic taste! They are making a movie based on this book and it's coming out soon! Check out the trailer HERE. 
This book is about a family who is dealing with the death of their Father as well as other life happenings while sitting Shiva. It's pretty funny, there is a lot of humor in it as well as a lot of heartbreak. I will warn you that this book has a lot of adult content! I would say that you should read it if you are a fan of Orange is the New Black. It seems like the humor in the two are similar. I am really excited for the movie because I could just picture all the characters so perfectly, I think they chose the perfect cast!
I just went to the library and got a new haul of books. The first one I am reading is Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. So far, I feel like this book would be 10 times funnier if I had kids but that doesn't stop me from literally laughing out loud as I read it. Each sentence is its' own little standup comedy skit. He is so hilarious, I can't stop reading and laughing.

What is everyone else reading? I love suggestions but I am also super picky when it comes to books so I am basically that terrible person that asks for suggestions and then never reads what is actually suggested. I would still love suggestions, though! Haha!

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1 comment:

  1. I bet you would like Never Have I Ever. It's this girl's autobiography about never having a date. It's pretty good. I usually read only Stephen King, and even I liked it. Ha!
    the little diary