Now that summer is officially winding down (First day of Autumn starts tomorrow!), now comes the best seasons for reading! Well, any season is good for reading, but I’d like to see you try to cozy up next to a fire with a blanket and a book when it’s 102 degrees outside. Spoiler alert, you’ll be miserable and probably pass out from heat exhaustion. I am currently on the last book (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) of my Summer Reading Wish List, which means it’s time to set up a new list for Fall! This season I am mixing in a couple of dark and heavy reads, and then breaking it up with some autobiographical humor and cheesy romance to balance it out.
- Room by Emma Donoghue
I have seen this book on the shelves for awhile, but wasn’t drawn to it until I watched the trailer for the eponymous film starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy (conicidentally three of my favorite actors. Jackpot!). The subject matter is rather heavy and seems like it may be emotionally exhausting, but I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve given a such a topic a chance (re: all of the light and airy YA books I read this summer). Here is the handy dandy Good Reads synopsis:
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another
Have any of you read this book? Am I going to have to watch a video of puppies yawning in order to feel better again? I’ll go ahead and line that up in my YouTube queue once I finish this book.
- Columbine by Dave Cullen
In a continuous effort to make everything sad and terrible for myself, I’m also putting Columbine by Dave Cullen on this list after happening upon this book at Barnes and Noble last weekend. I was about 9 years old when the Columbine tragedy occurred, and while I’m aware of what exactly occurred, I’ve never taken the time to really learn about the events leading up to the event, and the background of the shooters as well. Good Reads summary:
Now, in a riveting piece of journalism nearly ten years in the making, comes the story none of us knew. In this revelatory book, Dave Cullen has delivered a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. He lays bare the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris, and the quavering, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who went to prom three days earlier and obsessed about love in his journal.
The result is an astonishing account of two good students with lots of friends, who came to stockpile a basement cache of weapons, to record their raging hatred, and to manipulate every adult who got in their way. They left signs everywhere, described by Cullen with a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boy’s tapes and diaries, Cullen gives the first complete account of the Columbine tragedy.
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I absolutely adored Mindy’s first book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”, and I am so excited to start her next work! Since her last book, Mindy has been killing it with her TV show, fashion (just look at her Instagram), and just being an all around A+ human being. In an extension of her last book, Mindy speaks of life, love, and the perils of maintaining a personal life in front of an audience, and zeros in on Hollywood expectations of a woman in the entertainment industry, and the absurdity that comes with it. Good Reads synopsis:
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
- See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Fun fact about me: I’ve read every single Nicholas Sparks book because I am a ridiculous human being. Not to say that you immediately qualify as a ridiculous person if you read his work, but the fact that I’ve been following his career since I was like eleven seems a little ridiculous to me (the only teen reading Nights In Rodanthe). That being said, Sparks’ latest work “See Me” is being released October 13, and you KNOW I pre-ordered that months ago. Did I even read the summary before checkout? Of course not! I already know this story will have me by chapter one and I’ll be emotionally invested in some semi complicated romance involving a grieving woman from North Carolina, and some out of town dude who has recently picked up work on a cattle farm or something (re: every Nicholas Sparks book ever). However, apparently this story follows two people with complicated pasts, none of which involve a cattle ranch, but does involve North Carolina! Good Reads summary:
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.
Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.
A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.
Those are the books I have lined up for this fall! What are you guys reading? Let me know in the comments!