There’s something to be said about a good book. Finding a book that captivates your attention to the extent that you want to ignore all other obligations so that you can continue reading is one of the greatest feelings in the world. With summer rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to start getting together a good “book list”. To help you capitalize on your down time with some great books, I’ve compiled a list including a few of my favorites that are great reads when laying on the beach, by the pool, or just in your bed at night!
Bossypants by Tina Fey: I absolutely love Tina Fey. I loved her on Saturday Night Live, and Mean Girls was hands down one of my favorite movies while in high school. Therefore, when her autobiography Bossypants came out, I knew I had to read it. As to be expected, Fey is able to hilariously tell the story of her childhood, her time spent on Saturday Night Live, and the creation of the popular tv series, 30 Rock. Even if you aren’t very familiar with who Tina Fey is, I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a light read that will keep you laughing throughout.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Just as the back cover of this book says, this is the happiest sad book that I have ever read. The book is told from the perspective of Enzo, a dog who has lived a full life and who believes in the Mongolian legend that if he is prepared for death, he will be reincarnated as a human. Enzo is a loyal companion to his race car driver owner, Denny, and shares his observations of human life as he sees Denny experience marriage, parenthood, and death. Reading a book written from such a unique perspective is eye-opening and moving, and I highly encourage this book.
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf: This is Gudenkauf’s first novel, and my only wish is that I could erase my memory so that I could read this book over and over again. I read it on a long plane ride and couldn’t put it down for one second. It’s a mystery thriller about two seven year old girls, Calli and Petra, who go missing one night. Calli is a selective mute who hasn’t spoken in three years, and Petra is Calli’s closest friend - who often serves as Calli’s voice. To find out exactly what has happened to their children, the families of these two girls must face some of their darkest secrets to reveal what possibly could have happened that night. The storyline of this book will captivate your attention, and leave you begging for more with the turn of each page.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I actually wound up watching the movie before reading the first Hunger Games book, but I cannot say enough good things about this series. You won’t be able to put these books down! The entire series includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The storyline takes place in the distant future, in which the nation of Panem is divided into twelve poor districts that are ruled by the wealthy Capitol. As punishment for a prior rebellion against the Capitol in which all districts were defeated, the Capitol hosts the annual “Hunger Games” in which one boy and one girl, between ages 12 and 18, are randomly selected to participate. Everyone in the nation watches the televised game, and the “tributes” are forced to fight to the death. The trilogy follows the life of Katniss Everdeen, her experience as a tribute in the Hunger Games, and the symbol she becomes for the district members of the nation of Panem. Even if you’ve already seen the movie, I highly encourage you to pick up The Hunger Games series, and get to reading!
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did, and if you’re interested in purchasing any of them they are all available on the biggerbooks website. Leave comments sharing some of your favorite books, and let us know where you’ll be doing most of your reading this summer!