I have two settings with reading: reads one book a month or reads six books at once. Either way, I’m always excited about books. I always thought it would be neat to have a 24 hour bookstore/coffee shop where you could go hang out, get a hot cocoa or coffee, and pick up a good book, no matter what time of day it is. ‘Cause is it just me, or is there something supremely peaceful and settling about a book store? Maybe you can’t sleep, or you’ve had a bad week at work, or you just went through a breakup, and you need a place to get away, my easiest choice is always a bookstore.
Since I’ve been out of school, I’ve picked up on reading a bunch again in my free time. My reading list this summer got a little out of hand, but since summer is coming to an end, I’ve narrowed it down to a handful of books (for now).
1. The Giver Lois Lowry
Yes, I have actually read this one before, a few times. This tops my favorite books list, but since the movie comes out this week, I gotta read it again. The Giver is a book about a utopian futuristic society where everything is controlled. There is no war, fear, or pain in the Community. At age twelve, each child is given their job assignment and begin training, and what Jonas learns in his training is that not only is there no fear or pain, but no love, joy, or pleasure. This is the first book in a series of four, and I would recommend the series. The books are great, and they are pretty short, easy reads that even a non-reader could knock out pretty quick.
2. Bad Feminist Roxane Gay
This book is eeeeeverywhere in the feminist world, and I’ve only read good things about it. I had to hunt it down at my local Barnes and Noble because it’s in the Women’s Studies section; about a shelf and a half in the Cultural Studies section and the only thing that sets the Women’s Studies section apart from the rest is a very small label, so it was a fun treasure hunt that only excited me to read it more. Bad Feminist is a book of essays by Roxane Gay about feminism, politics, and the like. I know that description may sound unappealing to some, so here’s an excerpt from one of the pieces I read so far, to let the author’s writing speak for itself:
Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.
3. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
I just recently finished this one, but I am still including it on the list because it’s the year of Gillian Flynn and I, for one, am pretty excited about that. The movie version of this comes out in October, so you have plenty of time to get on it. Do yourself a favor and don’t look up the trailer until you have read the book. The movie looks great, and at the hands of director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) I have high hopes for the film. The book, is a well spun mystery, though, and not having anyone else’s vision of the story makes it so much more fun to read. Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, couple of writers whose marriage is failing and flailing. On their fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing. The story is told from both character’s point of view and brilliantly so.
4. Seconds Bryan Lee O’Malley
Whaaaaat… in pops a wild graphic novel?! Ever since I discovered the Scott Pilgrim series from the movie, I’ve slowly become more and more into graphic novels and I’m ALWAYS looking for recommendations because there are just so many to choose from. This is by the same author of the Scott Pilgrim series, so the same sense of humor that I loved can be expected. I just found the book recently, but by just skimming through it, it’s already going higher and higher on my reading list because I’m pretty excited. Seconds is about successful chef and restaurant owner, Katie, whose life pretty quickly changes from great to not quite.
5. Dark Places Gillian Flynn
I did say it’s the year of Gillian Flynn, right? Another one to be adapted into a movie, but this one comes out in September. I did this out of order, as per the usual, but I had Gone Girl recommended to me three times by three completely different people who have no relation to each other in one week so I kind of had to do it. Anyways, Gillian Flynn gave her characters such a strong voice in Gone Girl, I was excited to look into her other books. Here’s what this one is about: class issues, rural America, and the Satanic cult hysteria that swept America in the 1980’s. Two words: I’M IN.
6. This is Where I Leave You Jonathan Tropper
Another one soon to come to theaters! And with a very promising cast (Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda), so when I realized it was a book, I put it on the list. This is Where I Leave You takes place around the death of Judd Foxman’s father, forcing his family together for the first time in years. Simultaneously, he learns about his wife’s affair- with his boss.
7. Where’d you go, Bernadette? Maria Semple
I don’t know how I found this book, but it has been on my really long list for so long that I didn’t even remember what it was. It looked pretty funny and I felt bad that I forgot it (am I the only one who feels bad when they have to put books back at the bookstore??) so I bumped it up the list. Where’d You go, Bernadette is about notorious Bernadette fox, wife to a Microsoft guru, opinionated partner, disgrace to private school mothers, revolutionary architect, and perhaps most importantly to her 15 year-old daughter, Bee, she’s a mother. I think at one point I was looking up good books about motherhood for inspiration on a script I had abandoned, and came across this one and it tickled my fancy more than a lot of others because it seems so much funnier. I’m still not positive how it made it to my journal, but I’m glad I wrote it down because it looks pretty good.
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