I’ve always been a big reader. I’m pretty sure I spent 75% of high school in my bedroom reading. While I’ve been busy all Fall and Winter studying, working, and blogging, I didn’t have a lot of time leftover for reading for fun. So it feels like I’ve been trying to make up for lost time the past few weeks. I think I read 10 books in May, which to be fair I took two weeks off of work so I had a little extra free time.
I’ve been finding so many good reads I felt like it was about time I shared some with you!
- The Nest
- You Are A Badass
- Luckiest Girl Alive
- Modern Lovers
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I’ve only just started Luckiest Girl Alive and already loving it. Everyone told me it was the kind of book you won’t want to put down and I can already tell I’m going to be up late reading every night this week. I also picked up Modern Lovers and haven’t started it yet, but loved The Vacationers so I’m super excited to start this one. I also just picked up You Are A Badass at the recommendation of a friend. She said it’s super motivating and also a good reminder to be your own biggest fan when we tend to be our harshest critic.
So I mentioned in last week’s Friday Five that I picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and was going to clean out my apartment. Well, I read the book, but didn’t have time/motivation to clean my apartment. I’m out of town the next two weekends so I’m thinking it will be a good July project to do a big clean out. I do love this book and feel like it totally changes the way you think about your home and the things in it. The biggest takeaway is only keeping things that bring you joy. I have a real problem with keeping things because I think there is a potential scenario with very specific events that have to happen in which this thing would come in handy. Cut me some slack it is literally my job to think through every potential risk and outcome of every scenario. You’re lucky I don’t have crippling anxiety and live as a hermit.
I haven’t read young adult fiction in a long time. I didn’t even get into The Hunger Games or anything like that. A friend of mine recommended To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and I was skeptical. She said she bought it because she loved the cover but ended up thinking it was a great book. I went ahead and got it because why not. I seriously loved this book so much I immediately went and bought the second book P.S. I Still Love You. The books are about a high school girl Lara Jean who secretly wrote letters to all the boys she loved in her life putting everything she feels into them. The letters are meant for only her to read, but end up getting mailed to all the boys. Ughhhh. P.S. I Still Love You picks up where the first book leaves off with Lara Jean writing another letter to the boy she really loves.
The one book I absolutely recommend this summer is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. You may have read some of her books Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, & Landline. I’ve read all of these and she is one of my favorites. Attachments is about Lincoln & Beth who work at a newspaper. Beth’s a reporter and knows someone monitors company e-mail, but she keeps messaging her best friend about EVERYTHING anyway, I mean you have to tell your BFF everything, always. Lincoln is the guy whose job is to read everyone’s e-mail 8 hours a day. It’s a really good story about falling in love with someone who kind of doesn’t know you exist. You spend most of the book wishing they’d just get together already because they are clearly perfect. Like sitting through the first 3 seasons of The Office and dying because oh my god Pam & Jim just get it together already. Like all Rainbow Rowell books the writing is phenomenal and gives you all the feels. My favorite line in the book is “there are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening.” I mean who doesn’t completely relate to this if even only once or twice in your life??
What are some of your favorite books this summer? I need lots of recommendations so comment with all your picks! Or have you read any of these? I’m always dying to talk books I’ve just read!
xo – Tracy