Summer has always been the time of the year when I read the most. I love sitting by the pool or beach with a good book, or curling up in a cold air conditioned home away from the heat. I was even one of those
kids nerds who enjoyed getting a list of required reading during the summer. I loved going to the bookstore or library, browsing all of the new releases and picking out my favorites.
This summer is no different. Here are some books I have been reading lately:
I first read this book when it was released in July 2007 (luckily enough I was in Europe and scored a British copy), but I re-read it this summer to prepare for the movie coming out next week.
I was very excited about reading Water for Elephants, but ended up disappointed. It felt a little too what’s the word?… cliche, predictable, written for the purpose of turning it in to a 1930s movie? I just didn’t enjoy it. But don’t take my word for it, because everyone I’ve talked to liked it.
This book is told from the perspective of an autistic boy who tries to solve a crime and travels across London. It was a very easy read and I found the perspective clever and unique.
I started this book on my way back from the honeymoon, so I was stuck in the airport and airplane while I read. If it hadn’t had my undivided attention, I am not sure if I would have finished it. It was written from a dog’s point of view, but it was very slow and dry. (Although, I guess a dog’s life can seem that way at times.)
I loved The Help. It was an easy, thought-provoking read, and Kathryn Stockett did a fabulous job in plot and character development. It is probably the first book in a long time that I didn’t want to finish, and I cannot wait for the movie to come out.
House Rules is about an autistic child who is a murder suspect. Since I had already read an autistic-themed book, I wasn’t as into this book as I probably would have been, plus I am not a huge fan of crime and justice story lines. However, it really put into perspective all of the lives that are affected by autism and it kept my attention the whole time.
I was quite inspired by The Happiness Project and may adopt some of its principles to my own life… which means, you’ll hear an official opinion on this book in another post. ;)
What have you been reading this summer?