What I'm Reading This Summer
With law school coming up and the crazy amount of reading I know will happen there, I am doing my best to read every fiction and non-law related book possible this summer. The floor and dresser next to my bed look like they belong to an insane person with books stacked haphazardly everywhere. I have really been wanting to invest in these or these floating bookshelves because they’re SO cute and would hopefully give some order to my chaos! For right now however, I’m okay with the chaos because it means I’m spending less time on my phone and more time with some books (yay, brain exercise!)
This year, I have done something that I have not be prone to do much in the past: reading multiple books at a time. I’ve heard several views from people on this: some people read more than one book at a time with no problem and some can only ever read one book at once. I used to think I was in the second camp but have found that reading multiple books at a time is not as bad as I thought it was! Also, thanks to my favorite podcast, Bad on Paper, I have had so many books I have been excited to read and couldn’t just read one at a time.
The second thing I have done differently this year that has actually encouraged my reading habits has been buying books instead of waiting to get them from the library. As I type this, I can hear my librarian mother gasping and preparing to give me a concerned phone call. Before you freak out, Mom, hear me out :) In the past, I always waited to get my books from the library—this often resulted in me either not reading the book at all because it was not available at my local library or because the waiting list was far too long and the check out period far too short. If I happen to be in a busy time of my life, the short check-out period (and yes, I know I can extend my hold on a book but if it is a particularly popular book, that is not the case) usually did not allow me to finish the book in time. The short check-out period also happened to give me anxiety and not allow me to fully enjoy the book because I was trying to read through it too quickly.
ANYWAYS, enough about how libraries give me anxiety. For right now, whenever I hear about a book I want to read, I pop it in my amazon cart or add it to a notes page on my phone for whenever the next time is that I need a new book to read and feel like ordering one. If I walk into a locally owned bookstore, I always try to leave with a book as well and support locally owned businesses because, well, it’s cool to do.
Now that you have unwanted in-depth detail on my book buying habits, here are four books I have read and enjoyed this spring/summer. I have read more than these four books but these are the only ones I felt like warranted reviews!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is probably not the first that you have heard about this book and it probably won’t be the last! A historical non-fiction with Bohemian Rhapsody vibes, this book follows the birth and rise to fame of a band called Daisy Jones & the Six. I was surprised to see that the book was written from an interview perspective but ended up loving this literary style as it gave such a unique voice to each character. By the end of the book, I was wishing the band existed and that I could listen to their songs because the author made them feel so real. I would highly recommend you add this to your list of summer reads!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: With Eat, Pray, Love being one of my favorite books, I was so excited for Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert walks her readers through cultivating their creative processes and how she finds her inspiration. In conjunction with this book, you should also listen to Gilbert’s interview with Gwyneth Paltrow on the Goop podcast. SO GOOD.
No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny
No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny: I knew nothing about this book when I ordered it other than it was on the instagram story of a girl I follow. Nora McInerny talks about her process of dealing with the death of her husband and finding love again afterwards, both for herself and in someone else. Nora has a hilarious writing style but I would be lying if I said I could read large chunks of this book at a time. It’s a great read but simultaneously makes you want to hug your loved ones and call your mom!
The Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: I originally picked this book up as a lazy summer read and did not know much about it. The story follows a family through a major divorce and spans several time periods as each sibling and parent works through the trauma of losing a family member to a tragic accident and the effects of an ugly divorce. If you are the type of person who reads multiple books at a time, here’s a heads up that the book switches between character perspectives and timeframes so it’s a bit difficult to follow at times. Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Have you read any of the books I reviewed? If so, what did you think? I’d love to hear from you either by comment or by DM on Instagram!