When I was little, reading used to be fun. Flash forward 10 years, and I’m 19 years old and constantly reading heavy books, novels, articles, poems, etc. However, I still can’t help but reach for the lighter assortment of books – and even some of the downright fluffy books I loved in high school – that line my bookshelf. This impulse is especially difficult to control in the Summer months when I have a little more downtime to do as I please.
Here’s my list of 7 books that I intend to read (or reread) between now and Labor Day…
- How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
This novel has been sitting on my shelf for months, left abandoned after I started reading it over Winter break and promptly forgot about it upon arrival back in my dorm room.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen – a classically empowered, female writer. While assigned in my senior year AP Literature class, Pride and Prejudice hasn’t received the attention it deserves from me, an English Education major. It’s time to revisit Longbourne.
- The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
My boyfriend read this a few months ago and demanded (well, that’s strong) that I follow behind him. While I’ve identified as an atheist for years, I think it’s time that I hop on the bandwagon and read this classic piece of skeptic literature. It also wouldn’t hurt to keep a handle on my nonfiction reading skills over the Summer.
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
One of the many fluff books that I purchased from Amazon in my high school days. This should be a lovely respite from the slightly more demanding books on this list, seeing as it falls below my reading level as a college student.
- Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye has been my favorite novel since I first read it in eighth grade, and this particular book has migrated between my bookshelf in Boston and home for over a year now.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time by Mark Haddon
One of the greatest perks of studying English Education is that the small group of peers who share your major love books as much as you do and love them enough to want to share them with future students. This book appeared on my “To-Read” list and shortly thereafter materialized on my bookshelf after a trip to my beloved used bookstore, the Brookline Booksmith.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
One of my personal convictions is that I never watch a movie or T.V. show before reading its source book. Only once has rule been broken, and that was with Pretty Little Liars, and, in that case, the books became boring long before the show did.
I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing these books as I lay on the beach, in the grass, or just in bed this Summer.