Gah–I can’t believe summer is more than halfway over. How depressing, especially since this summer has been so mild and since I’m thoroughly enjoying being able to walk every morning since I now work from home most days and can spend the time I used to spend in traffic outside enjoying the warmth. I’m STILL cold from last winter!
When I was commuting an hour a day, each way, for a year, I did listen to a LOT of audiobooks, which was good. But now that I’m walking, I’m still getting to listen to some good books…just not for two hours a day, so my progress is a lot slower. But whatever–I’ll take my non-commute and being able to go directly from walking to working minus time wasted driving…or showering, most days.
Unlike this summer as a movie season which has SUCKED, there have been some great new books this summer, not to mention some great not-new books that I just got around to reading. So if you’re heading to the beach and looking for a good book or two, here are my top 5 picks:
- Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. If you like Stephen King, this is a must-read…as if I need to tell you that. I’m not great at summarizing books beyond “I liked it” or “I hated it” so here’s the description from Amazon: “In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.” If you’ve never read Stephen King, it’s still a great read or, even better, a great audiobook. Very entertaining, suspenseful but not scary, and just Stephen King awesomeness.
- All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. The best beach read of the summer–especially if you’re a blogger. It’s about a successful blogger who handles the pressures of her accidental career, her changing relationship with her husband and the stresses of motherhood with prescription painkillers. I thought it was a good, probably realistic portrayal of what probably a lot of people are hiding–whether their drug of choice is alcohol, painkillers or who knows what.
- Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope. It’s British–what else do I have to say? Part crusty country house and part London flat, it’s just a good “Aga saga”–a term I never heard of until I saw it in a Goodreads review of this book, and it kind of perfectly describes this book and tons of others that I also love.
- You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. My mom gave me this book and said it was awesome, and she was right. It’s written by the author of Admission, the book the movie was based on…but it has nothing to do with college admissions this time. It’s about a psychologist who writes a book about how women “should” know who they are getting into a relationship with and, therefore, should not be surprised when things go badly in the end. Then her own life totally unravels in a most satisfactory way, at least in terms of making the book interesting.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Yeah, I know–I read this at Christmastime, not this summer, but still–I can’t recommend it highly enough. I won’t rehash here why it was so good since I already wrote about it, but seriously–if you haven’t read it yet, you need to at least try it. And don’t just take my word for it–it did win the Pulitzer, after all.
Ok, those are my top five–what do you recommend?