One thing I seem to do more of over the summer months is reading. It’s odd, I feel like on paper darker months should give more opportunities to read whilst curled up on the sofa. Perhaps it’s because we have more daylight hours during summer so I have time to also read. I also tend to go on a summer break during June to August and then I definitely have more time to read. I included the following books to my summer reading list.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
I actually read this book in January but forgot to include it in my previous book read round-up. It’s one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. I can’t imagine how it would be growing up like Starr but the way it’s written, I felt all the pain and the dilemmas she faces. Starr is a black 16 year old girls who witnesses her best friend being shot by the police. It becomes a national story and Starr gets involved in it. She speaks up about it and riots break out when it’s decided the police isn’t accused or charged.
Thug is Angie Thomas’ debut, wanting to expand readers’ understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement. It also touches on difficulties black Americans who are forced to code switch face. The book has been adapted for the screen but I’m not sure I want to watch it. Have you?
Conversations with Friends and Normal People – Sally Rooney
Both these books have had great reviews and I’ve seen them pop up on many people’s Instagram, both grids and in stories. I got curious so bought them both at the same time. I obviously started reading them in chronological order, beginning with Conversations with Friends and ending with Normal People. The book is an easy read, which I like, but the ending is what made me decide I didn’t like it. I also preferred the stories of some of the other characters which we don’t get to follow much. The main characters are quite boring. Two girlfriends (Frances and Bobbi) meet a married couple (Melissa and Nick) who they start hanging out with and other relationships form.
I enjoyed Normal People so much more. A better ending and the main characters are interesting to follow. Connell and Marianne meet in secondary school and later also attend the same University. He is popular, handsome and intelligent. She is unpopular, complicated and rich. Connell’s mum work at her family as a cleaner. They start an affair which Connell keeps a secret. At Uni, the tables turn when Marianne becomes pretty and popular. Their stories weaves in and out during the book trying to figure out who they are and what they are to each other.
Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson
This book had me hooked from the start. I love a book that’s able to captivate me only after a couple of words. Christine wakes up in a strangers bed, with a naked man beside her. She believes she’s hungover and has had a one night stand. when she goes to the bathroom, she realise she’s twenty years older than she thinks and the man in the bed is her husband. Every day she wakes up with no memory of her story, which has to be told to her every day. Further into the story, doubts about who she is and people around her forms and Christine is determined to find out the truth.
Like The Hate U Give, this novel has been adapted to film and I’m keen to watch it. I like both Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth so it must be a good film. It was actually the cover of the book that made me buy it.
Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham
Have you seen the TV show Girls? The main actress and writer behind it is Lena Dunham. I like Girls a lot, and I think Lena is cool so I wanted to read her memoir. Just like Girls, it’s a fun read ( I giggles a few times) with many interesting subjects and things Lena has been challenged with. The book is an easy read, with a mix of essays, lists and emails from Lena’s childhood to now (2014, when the book was published). If you like Girls, you’ll enjoy this. If you don’t know who Lena is, it might not be worth it.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Have you got any book recommendations based on my thoughts?