Suggestions for Reading, Summer 2017 Books

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So, I asked and you answered. I asked about which books you’d recommend for reading over the summer, at a beach, in an airport, while having coffee or your favorite beverage in a comfortable chair inside your home, and so on. Below are some of the books you suggested, along with those I’ve also enjoyed!


Your Recommendations

Final Girls by Riley Sager (2017) [Fiction]
“This is a great beach read. It’s kind of like Gone Girl meets Scream.” (via J.A.) LOL. I’ve read this and applaud your description! Agree!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017) [Fiction]
“A very realistic story about race and the aftermath of police violence. A young girl’s friend is fatally shot by a police officer, and wrestles over whether to reveal the truth of what really happened. The writing’s incredible!” Thanks, R! Putting this on my to-read pile!

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday (2017) [Non-Fiction]
“This book just came out. It’s about what makes some works last and others fade away. It describes what makes for classic and timeless works of art and creativity. A quick, fun, AND educational read!” (via D.) This description sounds great!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013) [Fiction]
Tartt’s command of the English language left me breathless. I know I’m not discovering some unappreciated gem; the novel did win the Pulitzer. But I couldn’t recommend it enough” I’ve found that people either really love or hate this book; few in-betweens! I loved it, while a friend didn’t. It’s epic in length, but well worth the read.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)[Fiction]
“A fast-paced science fiction adventure story/dystopia set in a future where people use video games/virtual reality as a means of escape from a world suffering from a severe energy crisis. Sound familiar?” (via F.P.) Hmm. Consider me intrigued.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by Phil Knight (2016) [Non-Fiction]
“This isn’t a boring CEO memoir. A lot of interesting stories from Nike’s founder, about its origins in 1963 selling shoes from his car trunk, startup struggles, and how Nike evolved into one of the world’s most successful brands” . (via G.) Someone’s being productive with their summer reading!

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (2012) [Fiction]
“This is laugh-out-loud funny!” (via M.) And, apparently, being made into a movie starring Cate Blanchett!

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes (2015) [Non-Fiction]
“Shonda makes me think I can do anything!” Hell yeah!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2012) [Fiction]
“A gorgeous retelling of the Trojan war, and a story about the demi-God Achilles that puts him in a romantic relationship with Patrocles.” This sounds promising!

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (2006) [Fiction]
“Science fiction novel set in China. An alien civilization is about to invade Earth. How do humans react? This is so fun to read!” (via B.) I’m adding this to the book pile as well!


My Recommendations

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (2017) [Non-Fiction]

Roxane Gay writes, intimately, and honestly, about what she calls her “unruly” body and its place in the world. It’s very powerfully written, with a unflinching, courageous look at the ways in which a person (and their body) can be be shaped by trauma.

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (2017) [Fiction]

The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared.” A page-turning thriller that explores what happens when a parent is made to confront their worst fear — their child goes missing.

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (2011) [Non-Fiction]

Carr presents the notion that the way we think is changing: from the linear mode of thought developed through centuries of experience with books to a more lateral, linked, way of thinking, as espoused by the Internet. This new mode of thinking favors skimming, over deep, focused thought, and displays a preference for quick, short bursts of knowledge, accessed frequently.


One more thing…

And, here’s an important lesson about reading. It’s OK to quit! Infinite Jest (2009) by David Foster Wallace was the book that taught me that it’s perfectly alright to leave a book unfinished if you’re just not enjoying it! About 100 pages into the 1,098 page tome (complete with footnotes), I decided that it was just not the book for me! There’s no trophy for completion; the sun will continue to shine, and the earth will continue to spin on its axis if you realize you can no go further with a particular book. There’s tons of other great books, so there’s little reason to waste time with one that’s not holding your interest.


That’s it! I hope you’re able to find the time to enjoy one or more of these books. If you’ve got even more recommendations, let me know. And, most importantly, thank you to all of you who submitted responses. I couldn’t include everything, for reasons of space, but I enjoyed every submission.

Happy Reading!

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