Summer Reading, Thus Far


A couple months ago I reached out for some book recommendations. After working my way through a half a dozen books of required reading, I was ready for some good fiction. I wanted to get lost in the pages. Also, nothing remotely like Gone Girl. My sister recommended I steer clear of The Girl on the Train. I did.

I made a list of everyone’s recommendations and placed my holds at the library. Then I started reading. Well, I read a book on vacation and another sometime relatively shortly after that. Then Season 3 of Orange is the New Black and Silicon Valley happened. But last Tuesday Leila and I started back at library time and I checked out a couple more recommended books. If you’re curious, here’s what I read, and a snippet of what I thought about each one.

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

This was the first book on the list I read. It was only one of two I could check out right away on my Kindle. Perfect for our weekend trip. It was a pleasant, enjoyable read. Overall, I felt the story was a bit flat, but I would still recommend it as a good “beach read” as I like to classify such novels (the kinds that are interesting enough to propel you forward but are easy enough to put down).

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Turns out we had a copy of this book. Ben started it and never finished it. Once I got started, I had trouble putting it down. I was a bit wary that I would be able to get into a novel with a dog narrator, not to mention the racing metaphors. However, I thought it was a sweet book (for a dog owner at least) with a compelling plot.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This was, by far, the most recommended book. I get it. I LOVED it. I felt sucked into the story almost immediately, and I still cannot stop thinking about the characters, even now days later. I could not believe these women were real or that I had never heard their stories before, though I felt much better when I realized I was in good company. I read the entire book ignorant of its historical foundation until the author’s note at the end. There are several quotes that keep knocking around in my head, and I would like nothing more than to discuss this book endlessly (please feel free to begin said discussion in the comment section).

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