Is it just me, or does summer make you want to read EVERYTHING in sight?! Reading is one of my favorite things to do – I am always reading a book. I love learning of new books and sharing my favorites, so take a look at this list and let me know of any books you’re reading so I can check them out!
Many of you have probably heard of the movie, but you MUST read Me Before You. And then Me After You. The first is a story of a Louisa Clark, a young woman who takes a job caring for Will Traynor, a man who used to live an adventurous life and is now wheel-chair bound after an accident. Bossy and moody, Will makes Louisa’s job difficult, but she is determined to show him that life is worth living. This is a heartbreaking love story that made me laugh and cry, but I loved every minute of it. When Me After You came out, I was hesitant to read it, but it really is worth the read.
If you want an addicting trilogy with elements of sci-fi, fantasy, and the survival of humanity, these three books are perfect and addicting. I started reading these books when The Passage came out six years ago and have had to patiently wait years for them all to come out. These books follow the aftermath of a virus that destroys the world and Amy, a young girl abandoned by her mother, who holds the key to saving humanity. This story is woven between a group of survivors, the infected, and Amy, a girl who saves the world.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I’ve not read this book, but it is next on the list! Here is what Amazon has to say about it: “When Breath Becomes Air is a powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon. When Paul Kalanithi is given his diagnosis he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than a doctor–the result of his experience is not just a look at what living is and how it works from a scientific perspective, but the ins and outs of what makes life matter.”
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
Again, this is on my reading list, but I haven’t made it there yet! Set in Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s, a lonely teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom. Soon, Evie joins their group and is drawn to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl who is part of a cult with a charismatic leader. Evie soon begins to spend more time with this secluded group and her obsession with Suzanne intensifies. Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
I have just started this book, and it immediately drew my in. It is a story told across three continents and four hundred years. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos revolves around a single painting and the story of two women — their mistakes and love affairs, their devotion to art and their struggles to thrive in a male dominated profession.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I’ve only read the preview of this book in Amazon (which I love when they let you do that!), but it’s officially downloaded on my Kindle ready to read. The story of a girl named Rosa who suddenly falls through the earth in the woods near her home in South Dakota and wakes up in a square hole with intricate carvings. From above, it looks as if she is being held in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of this giant hand remains unsolved, and Rosa is put in charge of finding out what it is.
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
I read this book last summer and I know I will be reading it again. This book is haunting and heartbreaking, and I couldn’t put it down. This book tells the story of two survivors of a plane crash who have been found on a deserted island in the South Pacific after being missing for two years. They can’t tell the truth of their story, so they lie to their families and to the public.