The Best Books I read this Summer
I read some pretty fantastic books this year and my summer reads were spot on. It’s rare that I read FOUR books back to back and can say that I loved all of them! What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t share with you? So here you go, the Best Books I read this Summer!
Are you on Goodreads? I do their Reading Challenge every year and my goal is always to read 25 books a year. Usually I just make it or I fall short a book or two but I just finished my 25th book so not only did I make my goal but I’m pretty sure I’ll hit 30 books this year! I read some great books the last 10 months but my summer reads were on fire. I enjoyed every single one of them!
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This was not only my favorite book I read this summer, it is the best book I read all year. Dare I say it might be one of my favorite books……ever?! Spanning from the 1940’s to today, this heartfelt saga tells the story of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland. Cyril is born out of wedlock to a teenage girl that is cast from her rural Irish community and then adopted by a well-to-do eccentric couple in Dublin. This book make made me laugh out loud, cry, feel angry, get sentimental, and pretty much feel ALL THE FEELS. I can’t recommend this book enough! In fact, I recommended it a handful of people and not one has come back without rave reviews! For a more in-depth review, check out THIS from The Irish Times.
Still Me by JoJo Moyes
This is the third book in the Louisa Clark trilogy. After loving the first book, Me Before You, I was sorely disappointed in the second book, After You. I was hesitant to read Still Me (that’s how disappointed I was in After You) but I’m glad I gave this third book in the series a chance. It was a delightful read. This was the Louisa I was waiting for after Will’s death! She moves to New York ready to start a new life and embrace a new adventure while still maintaining her relationship with her ambulance boyfriend back in London. Things are never that easy though- especially for Louisa! A full circle book about love, reconciling your heart, and ultimately going home. A quick, easy read. Find NPR’s book review of Still Me HERE.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I didn’t love this book but I really, really liked it. It came from as a recommendation from a friend. It’s about a 14-year old girl, June, who’s uncle dies of AIDS in the 1980’s and the subsequent relationship she develops with his boyfriend. June’s family has a contentious dynamic. Her sister is literally falling apart and June is sneaking to NYC to meet with her uncle’s boyfriend all without their parents even noticing. I found it all a little sad. I didn’t particularly like the characters but the book was well written and it was worth the read. Find the Publisher Weekly’s review HERE.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
I’m a sucker for Japanese culture and historical fiction. I had a hard time putting this one down. Pachinko spans eight decades and four generations, of a poor Korean immigrant family’s fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan after being exiled from their home. Pachinko is story of family, identity (or lack of), love, death and survival. I struggle to even summarize this book as it covers SO much. It was a beautifully written history lesson. For a more in-depth review read THIS as the New York Times does a way better job at selling this book than I do.