With summer right around the corner, you are probably wondering what books to pick up to take to the beach. Look no further! Reminiscent of childhood nights spent using a book light to illuminate pages of Nancy Drew’s most recent adventures, here are some reads that kept me turning pages!
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
All my roommates in Brooklyn read this book. I came home multiple times to see them sobbing on the couch. Feeling up for a challenge, I picked up A Little Life. The book is 814 pages long, so it is no surprise that the characters are well developed. I made a couple of friends brainstorm every tragedy possible in the human experience, and as they listed them off, I confirmed that each one was in the book. Needless to say, I also ugly cried.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Schooling edited by Stephen T. Russell and Stacey S. Horn
One day, I was wandering through the Gender and Sexuality studies section of the University of Amsterdam library. Like a sign from a higher power, this book appeared. The collection of chapters constructs a picture of LGBTQ issues in schools across the globe and what we can do to catalyze change. If you are interested in building a more inclusive future, grab this book!
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The breadth of information provided in this book is remarkable, and the conclusions made by Harari are nothing short of genius. Sapiens is akin to a Malcolm Gladwell version of human history. Another amazing part about this book, Harari uses "she" for all the default pronouns. Add me the 5,000 Amazon reviewers that recommend this read.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Lindsey picked this book up when she visited back in April. After finishing Sapiens and contemplating the fate of the human species, I decided to read the young adult novel. Filled with spectacular imagery, I am not surprised that Tim Burton turned this book into a film.
Other books I read, but don’t necessarily recommend:
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist is set in 17th century Amsterdam which made it incredibly exciting because I recognized many of the places in the novel. However, the bizarre plotline twists kept me wondering what in the world was going on and why the author decided to string such random pieces together.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
I thought this was going to be a badass feminist novel; it came up short. Many of the critical issues discussed were watered down to the point of insignificance. I found myself just waiting for the end to come, where in fact, spoiler alert, the main character marries her high school sweetheart and has kids. Nothing against that choice, but not the story I was looking for.
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