If you’re like me, summer days at the beach are prime time for relaxing with your feet in the sand and a good book under your nose.
For those of us in between our next great adventure, here are some suggestions:
For those of us who are young at heart:
Sherman Alexie’s 2007 novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is brazenly honest as witty 14 year old Arnold Spirit Jr. navigates his freshman year of high school. Alexie’s contagiously comical coming-of-age story perfectly balances the complexities of friendship, identity, and grief.
For the hopeless romantic:
If you haven’t yet seen the 2016 blockbuster, Me Before You – or even if you have(!) – then Jojo Moyes’ heartbreakingly enchanting novel is the pick for you. This fresh and endearing love story tests the limits of love’s strength in beautifully poignant way.
Bonus: Moyes’ sequel, After You, continues to elegantly explore the difficulties of moving forward.
For those in need of a classic:
Most of us have read To Kill A Mockingbird in middle school. So if you’re in the mood for a riveting courtroom battle, then Harper Lee’s novel is the read for you. But factor in an extra day or two to tackle both Mockingbird and its 2015 sequel, Go Set a Watchman. In Lee’s “long-lost” final publication, Scout, now a grown woman, grapples with the disillusionment of early adulthood and independent thinking.
For a non-stop read:
The breathtaking film adaption of The Book Thief doesn’t hold a candle to Markus Zusak’s poetic and and captivating writing. Zusak masks the horrors of World War II through the innocence of young orphan Liesel Meminger as she grows up in Nazi Germany. As Liesel learns courage and generosity from her foster parents, we the readers learn acceptance and peace through Zusak’s gentle reminder that Death is not always an entity to be feared.