You know when you read a book and then you need EVERYONE ELSE TO READ IT.
That happened last month when I read the recently published We Were Liars after a friend said it was the first book she cried over since The Fault In Our Stars.
I read it in a few hours, devouring its honesty and sharp coming-of-age-ness with a lot of shushing and MOMMY. IS. READING.
I can’t say much about it without taking away from your experience, but I will say that I tossed and turned all night. It is jolting.
It is also the first book I’ve read in awhile. I wish I was the kind of person who read a little each day, but I’m not. I never have been. I treat books like I treat life; in binges and purges. Instead of reading for 20 minutes each day, I will go weeks without reading until I find a book I want to read, stop everything, and inhale it in one, fervid experience.
It is my way.
Five books to read this Summer below, including one I finished yesterday in one big bite.
Happy reading. Happy summer.
If You Like: Quality rom-coms, Belong To Me
My Review: Well paced, thought provoking, a truly interesting read on marriage and the subtle changes we experience in our relationships.
Their Review: “An often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery.” –Booklist
If You Like: Beach reads with fun and suspense.
My Review: I laughed out loud. A quirky and fun read.
Their Review: “Warm, dark, sad, funny-and a little bit screwball…. This is an inventive and very funny novel that gets bonus points for transcending form.” –Susan Coll, The Washington Post
3) We Were Liars.
My Review: Quick, feeling, chilling.
Their Review: “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” – John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
4) Birds Of America.
My Review: Poetic and terrifying truths in the form of short stories that read like a sad indie movie.
Their Review: “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial…. Stand[s] by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review
My Review: Sweet, visceral, painfully real.
Their Review: “Best Book of the Year.” -NPR, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch