Literary · Personal

Midsummer’s Reading List

Since graduating college, I’ve been reading many books that have spent a long time on my To-Read list and a few that caught my eye at the library. Here are my thoughts on what I’ve read so far and a list of books waiting on my bedroom floor.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman   4.8/5

Neil Gaiman tells the myths of Thor, Loki, Odin, and other Aesir Gods in an approachable and entertaining way. My favorite is the section on how Thor got his hammer, Mjolnir. The Thor in the myths is a lot different than the Thor in the Marvel movies, less likable, more killing fiend. I really enjoyed reading this book, though.

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick  4.5/5

Huntley Fitzpatrick writes characters that compel you to think deeply about your own life choice and how others think of you while also keeping you on your toes and entertained. The Boy Most Likely To is a companion to My Life Next Door and another one of my favorite summer reads.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover  5/5

Almost everything Colleen Hoover writes makes me an emotional mess with characters to love, hate, and appreciate. I highly recommend It Ends With Us

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham  5/5

Lauren Graham’s collection of stories from her childhood, early career, and her thoughts on returning to Gilmore Girls are golden and a great, read. Lauren’s voice is so authentic and naturally comedic. 

The Circle by Dave Eggers  5/5

I was assigned this book during the spring semester for my Utopia and Dystopian Literature class. This book blew my mind. I would literally pull it out of my bag and recommend it to everyone I encountered – family, friends, classmates, coworkers. Dave Eggers imagines a world where social media is all-consuming, other’s opinions are worth more than money, and privacy disappears. This was recently made into a movie, I haven’t seen it yet but the book is a must read. 

~ To Read ~

1984 by George Orwell
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Room by Emma Donoghue
Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science by Nigel McCrery

What have you read this summer? I’m always looking for recommendations.

Until Next Time,
~K.D.

 

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