I know it’s still technically summer, but since I’ve been away I’ve read a ton of books that I haven’t shared with y’all. I’m not going to write up full reviews because I have zero desire to do that, but I thought I’d give you guys a brief rundown of my thoughts on all of my reads (and I’ll probably continue to use a similar format in the future). My reading has been all over the place, from non-fiction to adult fiction to fantasy, but I’ve really liked having the freedom to read whatever I please at whatever pace I feel like. I’m going to be doing this in two parts because otherwise this would be a little too long, methinks.
The Truth About Alice addresses the power that rumors can have, especially in a high school environment. What I found interesting is that while this story is about Alice, we get the story from the POVs of characters who all have varying levels of closeness with Alice herself. I wanted to like this book so badly. It has so much potential, but I felt like the emotional impact just wasn’t there. In addition, it felt as if there was no resolution to the issue. They talk bad about this girl, but they none of the characters really face any consequences for their behavior. That rubbed me the wrong way and contributes a lot to why I wasn’t the biggest fan.
My friend Andi gave me this one, and I’m so happy I gave it a chance. I might be just a littleee obsessed with it. The Disenchantments is perfect for music lovers or those that love road trip books. It’s a story about discovering yourself (in a totally non-cheesy way) and following your own path even if that isn’t necessarily what others want. This was the perfect summer contemporary for me.
This non-fiction book examines the ways in which advertisers, have shaped the what our culture views as “beauty.” Because of my area of study, I already knew the many ways in which beauty is manufactured, but it was super interesting to see it all laid out/where our ideas of beauty come from. It’s definitely changed the way I approach my own beauty routines.
I was so ‘meh’ about this book. I adored Just One Day, but Willem’s voice just didn’t do it for me. This was a disappointment for sure.
Jessica Valenti is everything I want to be in life. She’s basically my feminist hero. I’ve read other books of her and I follow her writing pretty closely, so naturally I had to read her first novel as well. This is a GREAT primer of feminist issues/stances if feminism is something you don’t know a ton about or if you want a refresher. It’s incredibly accessible, and you guys, her writing is so on point and funny.
This is an adult fiction novel written by an amazing young journalist who was killed in a car accident not too long ago. His wife discovered the book on his computer and had it published. It’s about two journalists (one new to the field and one much more experienced) and their work with “The Magazine,” which is very obviously Newsweek. It’s a pretty interesting story if you’re interested in journalism, especially print journalism before web took over completely. I was definitely more interested in the new journalist’s POV as I could definitely relate to him more. It wasn’t a fantastic book, but it was interesting.
Mindy Kaling writes exactly how I’d imagine her to write after watching her in both “The Office” and “The Mindy Project.” I found her to be hilarious, but there were a few off-color jokes that bothered me. Overall, this was a quick and fun read, and pretty much exactly what I would expect from a book written by a celebrity
This book doesn’t come out until October, but you guys, if you like contemporary YA or The Great Gatsby or a really good book, add this to your TBR nowwww because IT IS AMAZING. It’s hands-down one of my favorites this year.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with what I read the first half of the summer. There were some disappointments, but the amazing books really set off the others. I’m enjoying reading a mixture of different types of books. While I do adore YA and it will always hold a special place in my heart, I think it’s important that I allow myself to read outside the genre. It definitely makes me a happier reader.
I’m curious (and also looking for recs), what’s the best book you’ve read so far this summer?