Summer is always a good time to get through your reading list! I’ve had a crazy summer, so I didn’t get through as many as I’d hoped, but nonetheless, here are the books I picked up this summer. The genres I read were (in order): nonfiction memoir/faith, nonfiction memoir/comedy (notice a theme?) and young adult fiction.
Cold Tangerines – Shauna Niequist
I’ve had many friends tell me to read this book, but it took until now to finally do it! I have to admit, it took me a while to finish, even though it’s not lengthy. But every time I picked it up, I was quickly immersed in the pages, soaking up every word. I love Shauna’s writing style, as it is very similar to my own. I felt like she and I were just chatting over coffee and she was imparting her wisdom to my life. She’s very relatable and REAL which I so appreciate, especially in a Christian book context. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, her words are real and it’s obvious that she poured her heart into these pages.
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
I read her first book back in March, so I was excited to pick up her second. Reading them fairly close together was interesting, because while I felt like I was reading the same Mindy I loved from her debut memoir, I also noticed her growth and maturity in the follow-up. It’s a cool experience, reading two memoirs written by the same author but in different times in their lives. While the first book is laugh-out-loud funny, this one is funny in its own way, but with a poignant depth to it that. Which after reading these two books, I feel like I know her, so I hope if she actually reads this arbitrary review, she’s flattered by that observation.
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
One of my friends lent me this book a few months ago and I finally got around to reading it. I LOVED IT! It’s a young adult fiction book, so not a super hard read, but its message is important for adults and children, alike. Wonder is the journey of a young boy named August, who has severe facial abnormalities and has never gone to public school before. The story follows his first year at public school and the ups and downs of making friends and learning to accept who he is. A really heartwarming read! Its movie adaptation releases in November and I can’t wait!
Up Next: Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson