So for all you book lovers out there (or kindle lovers), there’s a site that you should know about. It’s called Goodreads. It’s basically Facebook for bookworms. You make a profile and catalog the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading and the books you’d like to read. You can write and read reviews, as well as join book clubs. They’ve got a system similar to Netflix in that it takes the books you’ve read and the ratings you’ve given them (1-5 stars) and spits out other books that you may enjoy. I love it. I think what I’d love more would be if more of my friends would adopt it, because then I can see what THEY think of a book I’m interested in reading. Stranger reviews are all well and good, but if you don’t know that person’s personality, it’s hard to know whether you would agree or disagree with their take on the story or characters. Regardless, it’s awesome in itself. Here’s a great article from The Atlantic if you want a bit more of a backstory on how Goodreads came to be.
Another fun thing about the site is that you can set up challenges. This year I set a goal of reading 20 books by Dec 31. Currently I’m on book number nine and the site has very politely informed me that I’m two books behind schedule. Go figure. I’m not worried though because I tend to whip through books when I’m on vacation, so I’ll catch up whenever said vacation occurs. But now I want to share the next few books on my summer reading list. Oh ps, if you want to see some past book selections check out this post and this post.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed | Currently reading this one, and I’m not too far into to it yet, but it’s a memoir about a woman who trekked the Pacific Crest Trail all by her lonesome. It’s gotten rave reviews all over the place, and was a Readers Choice winner back in 2012. Yes, I’m a little late to the party on this one, but that’s the great thing about books, they never go out of style!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | This actually probably won’t be next on the list because it doesn’t actually release until July 29th, but it’s on my list because I read The Husbands Secret last year on vacation and quite enjoyed it, and based on the very few critic reviews at this point, it’s even better. Murder mystery, yes please. Unfortunately, I imagine it will be a little less scandalous than Gone Girl, but who knows!
Paper Towns by John Green | Ok, I’m going to be honest here and people are probably going to get all huffy with me, but whatever. I really didn’t see what was so great about his more recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s because you live under a rock. It’s a YA love story that has taken America by storm, and I honestly DO NOT UNDERSTAND. Sure, it was a good book, but it didn’t move me like other books have. It all just seemed very expected. And I know, it’s about kids with cancer falling in love, but like, I can’t just get all weepy because of that, the book just wasn’t that great and I’ll say it, it was somewhat boring. But alas, I’m going to give John Green another shot. A friend of mine whose favorite author is John Green said she’d suggested Paper Towns and Finding Alaska way before she’d suggest The Fault in Our Stars. I’m trusting you here Erica! It’s categorized as YA, but as most people have come to find, a lot of young adult books are perfectly readable as an actual adult. Or as close to that as I am.
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls | One of my favorite books to date is The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeanette Walls that describes her crazy, and often heartwrenching childhood being raised by an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother. It made me laugh and it made me cry and it was just perfect. She also wrote another memoir, Half Broke Horses, which I have yet to read. But The Silver Star is a novel about two sisters who must also deal with absent parents. I loved TGC so much that I’ve gotta give this a shot.
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes | I just finished Jojo’s last book, Me Before You and the more I think about it the more I realize how much I really did love it. One Plus One is apparently also an opposites-attract tale, and I can’t wait to read it. The thing that I found interesting about the last book was that because the author is British, so is everything else in the book. It’s fun to get a look at how they live over there, always drinking tea and a little out of touch.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | This list wouldn’t be complete without a WWII novel. I just love ’em so much, because while most are fiction, it’s not hard to believe that these stories were possible. It’s fun to be transported to another place and time that really did occur, and I know that may sound strange, seeing as it was a terrible time in this world’s history, but it’s also just so interesting and easy to connect with something you know was real. This novel has taken 10 years in the making, so I don’t expect anything but amazingness. A story of a blind French girl meeting a German boy during the war and trying to make it through.
What books do you have on your summer reading list? I’ve love to hear em, and if you’re on Goodreads, let’s be friends! And if you’re not on there already, sign up!