Summer is pretty much the only time that I have to read because I want to and not because I have to, but I always have trouble finding books that I like. I love fiction, but sometimes I feel like “grown up” novels are too boring. Most of the time I just reach for my Harry Potter box set and read one of those. Seeing that I just turned 20, it might be time that I grow up a little. I’ve compiled a little book list of novels that I have read and that I plan to read so that you can have recommendations for this summer and read with me!
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Normal People is highkey one of my favorite books of all time. I think everyone has heard of it in some capacity right now as it just released as a TV series earlier this month. Rooney’s writing is beautiful and captures a very real and raw side of young adult love and emotion. This book feels like a more mature step up from a John Green novel in the best way possible. Were you a fan of The Fault in Our Stars in middle school? If yes, you’ll fall in love with Normal People.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Even if Where the Crawdads Sing didn’t have a captivating plot, it would still be one of my all time favorites because it’s just a beautifully written book. Set in the rugged landscape of North Carolina’s coast, the novel tracks the life of a very poor girl and the murder of a rich boy. I could see Owens’ novel transforming from a best-seller to a coming of age classic competing with a traditional English class book list. I flew through this book in a matter of days, and I am sure you will too.
There, There by Tommy Orange
I’ll admit, my English class assigned There, There for required reading this past semester. However, it was one of the few books that I’ve been required to read that I actually enjoyed. A different character narrates each chapter, and they all converge at an event at the end of the novel. Like the previous two novels, There, There is equally beautiful and captivating. Orange’s novel also serves as a culturally important book, because it follows the experience of Native Americans in today’s urban world. It’s extremely important to read from authors describing experiences completely different than your own. There, There presents an opportunity for entertainment as well as learning.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’m currently reading The Goldfinch right now, and so far I really like it! I can tell that it’s one of those books that takes a while to really get going. I’m almost 200 pages in and I feel like the main plot hasn’t really started yet. So far, all I know is that the book follows the life of a boy named Theo who lives in New York City. I don’t have much to say right now because I am far from finished, but I can tell that it will be good.
Now for the book list that I plan to read this summer after I finish The Goldfinch (descriptions linked):
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
I hope I was able to give you a little book inspo for this summer! Definitely hit me up on Instagram @thecitysmilesblog if you read one of them so we can chat about it!