Until the third grade, I was in a special reading class at school. I was not one of those crazy smart kids, I was the kid who could not read. It’s crazy to reminisce about struggling immensely trying to take part in my favorite activity. I have always been a book worm, taking weekly library trips through my teen years. I was notorious for “Five more minutes, I have to finish this chapter!” and the enormous bags around my eyes.
What I’m Reading
- Room by Emma Donoghue. My sorority sister and favorite college roommate sent me the sweetest Halloween care package with sweet treats, face masks, and a copy of this book turned movie. She knows me too well! The story is told from the perspective of five year old Jack. Jack was born and raised in a shed where he and his Ma are kept prisoners by Ma’s kidnapper and rapist. A gruesome story told from the mouth of a babe as he learns about “Old Nick” and “Outside.” You do not want to miss out on this national bestseller-I read it in 48 hours because I could not put it down! Now I cannot wait to watch the movie and compare!
- Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. Judy gets women. If you’re a man still confused by us magical creatures I suggest you begin with some of Judy’s YA books. This adult novel follows two women with an unlikely friendship; shy Vix and crazy Caitlyn who make a pact to Never Be Ordinary. Caitlyn, the free spirit, has no problems following the pact but hurts family and friends along the way. Vix, tries to keep up but struggles to keep up with the pact. After finishing the novel, I found myself thinking about which character I identify more with, better yet who I would rather identify with. I read this book in about 24 hours in Key Largo which is ironically about 90 miles from where Judy herself lives! Do yourself a favor, read this book, and let me know so we can discuss Vix verse Caitlyn!
- Bossypants by Tina Fey. Anyone in the market for a good laugh will enjoy this novel written by Tina herself. You get a glimpse into her life from being born eight years after her brother, her start and steady climb in the public’s eye, her friendship with Amy Poehler, and her family. It reads similarly to Chelsea Handler books but much more appropriate. Definitely a quick read you should look into for a vacation or post-big work project!
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom. Many women have read a Judy Bloom book in their youth. She was notorious for writing Young Adult novels that portrayed just how awkward and confusing life can be for pre-teens. This historical fiction novel is very much for adults although the main character, Miri, is not yet in high school. After first hand witnessing the crash of an airplane in her hometown, Miri is forever changed. Read this novel to become enthralled in the lives of very different people who have one commonality: Elizabethtown, New Jersey in the early 1950’s. I brought this book with me on my vacation to Sanibel and could not put it down!
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Holy cow. A married woman goes missing and an alcoholic is the one who may have some indication as to what occurred. This book is from the perspective of more than one character and reads similar to a journal. Once I realized that the book would go back and forth in the sequence of time, I was sucked in and could not put this book down. I ended up staying up until 2:32am to finish reading because I had to figure out what happened to Megan, more fondly known as Jess to Rachel, the book drunk. Go to your library, order this online, borrow it from a friend-this is a book you want to be in the loop for!
- The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. This YA series took me awhile to get into because I was thoroughly confused. There are two reasons why I persevered: my students were raving about the series and Dylan O’Brien who plays the main character in the movie adaptation, Thomas, is super cute. (I promise this young cutie is of age, see below how I chose to add his photograph instead of the series, priorities.) Add this to your list if you enjoy young adult literature and dystopian books. It is a quick read once you are sucked in and you will want to know what happens to Thomas and his friends on their journey to escape the maze and figure out why they were sent into the maze. This series is a trilogy just like all the other popular books right now and also features a prequel. I have yet to read the prequel but plan to do so soon.
- What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig. This book was a gift for my 23rd birthday and although it was “three years late” I knew it was a must-read when I saw the cover. Printed right under the title is, “A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World.” In todays go, go, go society crash courses, spark notes, and summaries go a long way. We want as much information as we can get in as little time as possible. My girl Tina has some great advice that she pulls from her own experiences and really challenges the reader to think outside of the box, market yourself, use your powers for good, and go after your dreams. Even if you’re not a 20-something like myself this is a good book to grab from your library or buy so you can highlight like I did.
I love book recommendations, let me know what you are reading and loving!