I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this summer. Scratch that: I’m not reading as much as I’d like to, period. But for good reasons. Most of the time, by the time I get to bed, I can only read a few pages before my eyes get heavy.
So while the quantity isn’t that high, the quality was. With the exception of two of these books, I’d highly recommend them all:
Modern Lovers // This was one of my favorites of the summer. The pace is slow and enjoyable. It follows a group of friends in Brooklyn as their lives intertwine throughout the years. (I loved Emma Straub’s The Vacationers too.)
The After Party // This would be the one book I’d recommend skipping over. I thought the story was okay but ultimately pretty boring. And the main character irritated me to no end. She had no… spine? I would have preferred the story from her friend Joan’s perspective!
The Girls // I didn’t enjoy The Girls, at all. I listened to it on tape which could have ruined it for me, but a lot of my friends felt similarly, so who knows. I would say The Girls was THE most hyped book of the summer. (The 25-year-old first-time author had a $2 million book deal for it.) So if you feel like you want to know what they hype is all about, read it… otherwise don’t feel guilty skipping!
You Are a Badass // 100% this is a must-read. I texted about ten friends (and my sister) after I finished it telling them they had to read it. It’s technically a self-help book, but it’s a good– totally non-cheesy– one.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child // I have mixed feelings about this. I liked it because it’s a Harry Potter book… but don’t be fooled, it’s not a “Harry Potter Book.” It’s the script for the West End play. It lacks the magic that Harry Potters typically have, although it did make me want to see the play!
The Ramblers // If you only read one book from this list… make it this one. I LOVED The Ramblers. It’s written so well; it takes place over the week before Thanksgiving and follows around different characters and their intertwined lives around NYC. Seriously, it’s so good. (My mom read it in a day!)
The Singles Game // If you’re in the market for a light, chick-flick read, try The Singles Game. The story is a bit predictable, but I still loved the characters and the plot. Even better with the US Open going on!
Truly Madly Guilty // Liane Moriarty is easily becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books are always enjoyable, and there’s always a great “twist” that keeps the pages turning. The best way to describe this book is to say that something goes a bit awry at a neighborhood barbecue.
Do you have any must-read books to recommend?!