Admittedly, I’ve had less time than I like for reading for pleasure these days. I’m trying to change that this summer with these five new (and old!) purchases that I haven’t gotten around to yet.
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1 Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
“For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.”
I adore Sedaris’ writing and have read almost all of his books (just couldn’t get through Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and somehow completely missed the publication of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls). His writing is both witty and eyebrow-raising, and I’ll never forget the time at a book signing that he told me the spelling of my name wouldn’t be appropriate past the age of 25.
2 The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
“Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.”
I bought this book last summer and never got around to reading it. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and hope it’s as Gone Girl-y as it seems! I love that feeling of not wanting to put a book down.
“For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.”
This is another one I’ve been seeing all over the place. I’ve been feeling a little high-strung lately and absolutely hate it, so I’m hoping the advice herein will help mellow me out a little.
4 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.”
Confession: I was meant to have read this years ago in my mother-daughter book club, and definitely did not. I completely fell in love with this year’s Hulu series based on the novel, and decided to finally read it.
5 The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
“The unforgettable His Dark Materials trilogy that began with The Golden Compass—the modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time”—and continued with The Subtle Knife, reaches its astonishing conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.”
When it was announced that Philip Pullman would be writing more books in the His Dark Materials universe (first one publishes in October of this year!) I knew I had to re-read the whole series. I suppose it’s geared for a more young adult audience, but by The Amber Spyglass (the third book in the series) the themes become pretty dark, and will definitely hold your interest.
So that’s my list! Are you reading anything good this summer?