Summer Reading

Happy Tuesday, all y’all!

I’m posting about books today, but I have to quick throw this PSA into the mix… Just so you know, I’m a perfectionist and a lover of routine. I am also a very busy woman who adores spending time with her kids. Therefore, I’ve decided to make myself a nice, manageable schedule: I’m going to blog twice a week (on Tuesdays and Fridays) and stop beating myself up for not blogging more. I’ve got to draw the line somewhere. Besides, I don’t have that much to say… 😉

Whew. Now that that’s out of the way, onto business.

Books. Boy, did I read this summer. Fiction and non, magazines and novels and even poetry, oh my! It’s was a gloriously word-filled summer. And I would be utterly remiss if I didn’t share my top picks with you. Without further ado, the best of the best:

YA Fiction:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie

Someone gave me this book and I’m so glad he did! I loved it. Heartbreaking and funny and real, it challenged my perception of modern day racism and class inequality. A shocking, but ultimately hopeful read that left me in tears. Apparently The Absolutely True Diary has been a rather controversial book in some high school circles, but I think it deserves to be read and discussed.

Adult Fiction:

Sister

Rosamund Lupton

I adore this book because it surprised me. And it takes a lot to surprise me these days. Usually I can see the end coming from a mile away, but I didn’t catch on to Ms. Lupton’s trick until moments before she unveiled it. Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention, but who cares if I wasn’t? Sister is a thrilling, emotional ride that broke my heart in two and left me stunned.

Non-fiction:

Half the Sky

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

I’ve been a fan of Nicholas Kristof for a while now, but I only recently discovered this book — an absolute must-read that he co-authored with his talented wife. Half the Sky is, without a doubt, one of the most difficult books I have ever read, both because of the subject matter and because of the weight of my own conviction as I turned each page. Outlining the three major abuses of women (sex-trafficking and forced prostitution, gender based violence including honor killings and mass rape, and maternal mortality) Half the Sky is an urgent wake up call and a cry for justice. If you read nothing else this year, read this book.

A Book for the Whole Family:

Over Sea, Under Stone

Susan Cooper

My teacher read this to my fifth grade class and it was a magical memory. And sharing Over Sea, Under Stone with my sons this summer was a wonderful experience, too. Though the language is a bit old-fashioned (it was first published in 1965), my boys thrilled at Simon, Jane, and Barney’s journey as they raced to unlock the secret of a forgotten manuscript and hold back the rising tide of evil among them. This book is best read aloud — with accents, of course. Brush up your high British and dare to dabble in some cockney as well.

Your turn! What were some of your best reads this summer? I have an entire fall ahead of me and a very short reading list. Help a girl out!

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