I’ve had the longest holiday over this summer, almost four months which is unbelievable so I had plenty of time for reading. I love love reading books so much, it doesn’t matter which genre it is but it just has to draw me into its universe so that I don’t want to stop reading it until I finish it. I’m going to share some books that I enjoyed with you and let me know if you’ve read any of these. 🙂
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This was such a fascinating, mind-blowing read. If you like fantasy and the idea of parallel universes then this is a good choice for you. It’s about a man who can’t stop questioning himself about what his life would be like if he made a different choice some years back, and even though he is happy with his family he has now there is still something kind of missing. I was getting schocked throughout reading this book because of its amazing plot. It also makes you realise how precious what we already have is and that we shouldn’t take it for granted. Jut read this book and you’ll see haha, I don’t want to give any spoilers because I liked how it surprised me.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
This was about a family that emmigrated from Greece to America, it’s about how they were adjusting to the change and about their relationships between each other, but we mainly followed the character of Cal and how he realises that he wants to become a boy instead of being a girl. Apart from some of the more serious topics there were some really funny stories and the writing was really good – it made you feel like you were there in a Greek village or on a boat to America, and you really connected with the characters. It showed the importance of family and how important it is to love others no matter who they are.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
This one is non-fiction and it’s about how public shaming was banned in 1800s because of how cruel it was but now with the social media it has come back as anyone can call other people out and shame them. The author discusses several cases where this happened and how it affected the people that were shamed and their future. We are reminded that everything stays on the internet and that people like to act as internet police sometimes to get the “bad guy”, but in this book we looked at the perspective of that bad guy so it was very interesting.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Oh my God this book, I literally couldn’t put it down and I read it in one day haha. It was so gripping and I just had to find out who did the thing and why, basically in the beginning we know that a murder investigation is happening and it was one of the parents at this school in Australia. We get to know all the characters and you just can’t imagine that a murder would even happen there, but then it begins to unfold and you create your own theories about how it could have happened and why. It’s written in such a good way, the book had me smiling and laughing but then also crying, I highly recommend this.
Lullabies by Lang Leav
Really sweet and poignant poems about love mostly – who doesn’t like that? This is the author’s second collection of poems and I really enjoyed it. 🙂
Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar
This is a memoir of one of the actors from The Big Bang Theory, Kunal Nayyar. I decided to read it because I’ve been a big fan of the show and of Kunal, and because it seemed like it would be a very funny book with hilarious stories in it, and that’s exactly what it was. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this and among other things I learnt about what it was like for him to grow up in India, and what Indian weddings are like which was very fascinating haha. The Big Bang Theory isn’t mentioned there a lot so even if you’re not a fan of the show I’d recommend you to pick this book up if you want to have a good laugh. 🙂
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
This is a very short book but it’s very funny, it’s basically just a collection of dialouges that people overheard in bookshops. It shows people as they are, whether it’s sweet, innocent, confused or just straight up weird haha. Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll like it.
These were some of the books I read over this summer, that I thought were worth mentioning. I definitely don’t have as much time to read when I go to classes at uni but I’ll try to keep it up and find some more time for it. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and I love discovering new great books, so write in the comments some books you’d recommend. 🙂