Summer officially begins Saturday, and we're celebrating by sharing with you what we'll be kicking back and reading on the beach this year!
I'll admit it -- I don't read as much as I should. It's not that I don't like reading, its just tough to fit it into my schedule. Unlike a lot of my friends, my subway commute is just 15 minutes, so there's barely time to get into a book before I'm off the train. Summer is the perfect time for me to catch up on my reading because that's what beaches are for, right? If I'm not sleeping or swimming, I'm reading. Here's whats on my list this summer...
The is Gillian Flynn's second novel, written before Gone Girl. I actually prefer this one to her more famous book. I found the characters more likable and plot twist less expected. When Libby Day's mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family's Kansas farmhouse, it was 7-year-old Libby's testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother to prison for life. Libby teams up with an unlikely group and discovers that the murder may not have happened how she remembered. Like Gone Girl, this one is being made into a film this year, and if you're anything like me you'll want to read the book before watching the movie.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Written by a Maria Semple (a former writer for Arrested Development!), this funny, smart and unconventional novel kept me captivated from start to finish. Bernadette Fox is notorious -- a revolutionary architect, opinionated mother and wife, and agoraphobic neighbor. When Bernadette suddenly disappears, its up to her daughter, Bee, to find her using e-mails, official documents and secret correspondence. It's a gripping novel about genius and family.
Truth be told, I'm only about half-way finished with this 700 page novel, but I had to include it in my list. The Pulitzer Prize winning book about tragic loss, a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, and an examination of friendship is on top of many reading lists this summer. I can't wait to finish it!
This book was recommended to me by my good friend, Cat. It's written by the same writer as Election, but has a markedly different tone. When a small number of the population disappears with no explanation, the town of Mapleton is left to grieve, cope and heal. In the wake of the "event," the town is irrevocably changed and prophets and cults emerge. I have yet to read this one, but its at the top of my list once I'm finished with The Goldfinch. The HBO adaptation of this book begins June 29, so I'm hoping to finish it before then.
Check back later this week for Staci's list!