What better time than summer to unironically read a fluff summer romance novel while lounging by the pool? I’d love to say I spend the summer reading Emily Dickinson, Moby Dick, or some other intellectually challenging works of writing,
I decided to read a mix of summer romance, humor and whatever sounded good at the time.
Let’s dig in!
Veronika Decides to Die By Paulo Coelho
Ugh yes lets talk about this book around a campfire intimately discussing what we think this simulation we call life really is. It’s not an intensely challenging read, but I would say that it’s the most non-fluff book on this list.
“Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, plenty of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.
Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn’t kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.”
This book is so good.
It’s all about mental health, learning who you are, and how it’s so easy to judge people we don’t truly know.
I will warn you, it is a slow start, but how this book makes you think is well worth the read. My favorite quote (if I had to choose only one) is about how we’re all a little insane.
“If one day I could get out of here, I would allow myself to be crazy. Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don’t know they’re crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to.”
Also, this is the same author that wrote the alchemist. Ugh. yes. thank you. more please.
Please someone read this book and discuss life with me (AND THE END OF THE BOOK bc whaaaaaaat).
I’ll bring the cheese, you bring the wine. Thanks sis.
The Girl on the Train By Paula Hawkins
When I say I flew through this book, I seriously mean it. I read it almost entirely in one day of travel. It’s so fast paced that from the beginning you’re sucked in and have no option but to hop on the train and let it take you for a spin.
no pun intended.
“Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed.”
If you like a little mystery topped off with an unreliable main character then please pick this book up if you haven’t already.
I know I’m super late to this train. ugh there I go again. But it’s still such a quick and entertaining read.
I can’t promise that it will intellectually stimulate your brain, but it’s full of twists, mysteries, and overall beautifully entertaining writing.
Naked By David Sedaris
Gotta give momma pete a shout out for forcing me to pick this book up before studying abroad. Thank you.
This book is so so hecking funny. David Sedaris will you please narrate my life or at least let me breathe the air you graciously gifted into the world.
Before you go and purchase this off amazon prime, let it be know that this book is hands down the strangest book I’ve ever read.
Each chapter is a new short story told from the perspective of the author.
“Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview—a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son’s nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris’s unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.”
I don’t care if you haven’t picked up a book in years, or say that “reading isn’t my thing”,
go get this goddamn book.
You will cackle. Out loud. And snort. Yes, it’s that funny.
If anything, Sedaris will make you feel more normal for all the weird things you think of and do.
David.. if you’re reading this, wanna grab dinner??
love u bb.
The Husbands Secret By Liane Moriarty
First off, Liane please hire me as your intern. I will be your personal hype girl.
My frinedy sara srochi told me to read this book and I just needed to publicly thank her for bring this book into my life. Thank you x a million.
“Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .”
oooo an ellipsis.
This story follows the lives of 3 middle aged women and their relationships, families, and life in general. Each chapter switches to highlight a different character until they end up all intertwining to become one story. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I did NOT see the ending coming.
Liane, you sneaky genius.
This looks like a fluff book but it’s so much more than that. The epilogue in the back that explains how everything came to be in the story is my favorite part of the entire book. It makes you realize how you never really know what’s happening, and how the smallest of decisions impact absolutely everything.
This is the perfect book club book because it has romance, mystery, reality and so much more.
Read it please.
What Alice Forgot By Liane Moriarty
Ah yes. Same author. I love her so much I overnighted this book after I finished the husbands secret.
Then I preceded to read it in one weekend.
This woman’s writing style is so fantastic and beautiful it’s everything I want and more.
“Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.”
Sounds super cliche and I’m not gonna tell you that it isn’t. Because it is.
But that’s why it’s amazing.
This book is so intriguing and cute, yet it really makes you evaluate your own life.
Ten years ago had I met myself now I think I would’ve croaked. But maybe that would be for the good, maybe it wouldn’t. You should read how Alice evaluated her life and see what conclusion she came up to.
This book really makes you want to change who you are and love everyone around you.
Let’s drink that wine now and celebrate being in each others lives.