One of the best perks of summer, despite the fact that I’m working, is that I have enough time off from course work that I get to read for fun! My classes officially end in December, but my internship is year round. Still, I have evenings off and I do not have a stack of textbooks staring me down.
I looked at my bookshelves a few weeks ago and realized my only “light” summer reads were Crime and Punishment and Jane Eyre. I’ve been wanting to read both for quite some time, but they both require much more brainpower than I’m willing to exert in the summer months. Does that make me lazy? Perhaps. I can accept it.
Given that, I went online and bought a few lighter books to knock out while sipping sangria on the balcony. Lol, isn’t that the perfect image? In actuality, I probably read the bulk of these books in bed and fell asleep just as the book smacked into my forehead. Real life isn’t glamorous.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Every dog owner should read this book. The story is told from a dog’s perspective over the course of several lifetimes as he discovers his purpose. It’s simultaneously heart-wrenching and goofy. I recommend reading it whilst holding your dog tight and never letting go.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
This book follows a traditional old man in England as he deals with aging, his brother’s death, and complicated feelings towards a Pakisttani woman–an outsider who is discriminated against. I was extremely invested in the characters early on because they are realistic and faulty (my favorite kind of character). I would say the entire book was a realistic portrait of aging and grief and love until the end, when things took an extremely dramatic turn and it momentarily read like an action novel. The ending was entirely disconnected from the rest of the book and left a sour taste in my mouth. Overall verdict: forgettable.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
This book has been sitting on my Kindle for ages. I got halfway through it this summer and realized I had read it once before several years ago. I guess that means this story was forgettable too, but I really enjoyed following the characters a second time. The plot centers around one woman, but each chapter shows a unique view from a different member of the small town. The author does a really beautiful job of showing human sadness and strength.
Next up on the reading list: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
What are you reading this summer? Do you read “light” for the summer months too?