Summer Reading List

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's a blog staple, as well as just a staple of life: The Summer Reading List. This is one list that I have that is constantly growing. My Reading List is a mix of many different types of books: historical fiction, historical non-fiction, fiction, non-fiction, young adult, etc. During school, it's hard to find time to read for fun. But during the summer, I am a reading machine. These are the books I have on my Summer Reading List!

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
So, Mia is with her family when they get into a massive car accident. This book looks at her life, her loves, and what  is important to her and how it all changes because of the car accident.

I've actually already read this book, and it was pretty good. The style was interesting, because it didn't follow a chronological framework like most books. But I enjoyed it, and it was a good, quick read.

2. Paper Towns by John Green
So you know how you get hooked on a TV Show on Netflix, and you binge watch the entire series, and then you watch all of the other shows that Netflix recommends? That's how I feel about John Green's books. You can read all about my obsession with The Fault In Our Stars here.

Anyways, Paper Towns is about a boy and a girl who live in Florida, and were friends when they were little and then grew apart. Then the girl, Margo, runs away and the boy, Quentin, searches for her. It's mostly about the search for Margo. Interesting, fun, and also a quick read (I've finished this one too).

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Miles Halter goes to a boarding school in Alabama, where he meets Alaska, a young, beautiful and intelligent girl who captures his imagination, and his heart. However, Alaska is more troubled and exhibits reckless and self-destructive behavior.

4. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Colin, a child prodigy, graduates from high school as valedictorian - but he's afraid that he will never be a genius. To make things worse, he is dumped by his girlfriend, Katherine, as all of his girlfriends have been named Katherine. He goes on a road trip with his best friend (John Green seems to be a fan of friends road-tripping), and they meet a girl named Lindsay who helps Colin make a mathematical theorem to predict the length of romantic relationships.

5. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
France. Food. Enough said.

Just kidding. This book is about an Indian family and their restaurant as they move from India, to England, and finally to France. The main character, Hassan, develops an immense love for cooking, and Madame Mallory - the uptight, famous French chef whose traditional restaurant is right accross the street from the Haji family's restaurant - recognizes his talent. This book is about food, culture, and learning to accept those who are different than you.

6. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel, and Bret Witter
While the movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon left a lot to be desired, the story about the Monuments Men and Women is truly remarkable. These men and women were tasked with protecting Europe's famous, beautiful, and irreplaceable works of architecture and culture, as well as art, as the WWII ravaged Europe.

7. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun and Linda Coverdale
This book is based on true events of King Hassan II of Morrocco, and the desert concentration camps following an unsuccessful coup. It takes true accounts, witness testimonies, and close work with a survivor to tell the story of the prisoners' lives in these camps, and the countless horrors they endured.

8. The Divergent trilogy: Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Basically, it's one of those post-Apocalyptic, massive-societal-reorganization-shift stories. At a certain age, young adults must leave their homes and choose to be part of one of the 5 communities, known as factions, that value certain traits above others: Candor (honesty), Amity (Peace & friendship), Erudite (knowledge), Abnegation (Selflessness), or Dauntless (bravery). The Divergent trilogy is about Beatrice Prior, or how she later is known as Tris, and her journey in Dauntless, as well as her journey as the factions fall. I've also read this series, but I don't remember Insurgent or Allegiant as well, so I'm planning on reading them again.

9. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

So, I'm obsessed with BBC's show, Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Therefore, I think I need to actually read the stories that inspired the show.

10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

I read this book in high school, and I'm pretty sure it's on every high school AP reading list ever, but I fell into the trap of reading it once, writing a quick paper on it, and then forgetting it again. I remember liking it, or at least thinking it was interesting, so I'm going to read it again.

So there it is, folks! Do you have a Summer Reading List? What's on it?

As always, thanks for reading.



1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Grace. :) I did love reading Mindy Kaling's autobiography. I'm totally obsessed with her now!