I am currently in the middle of tackling my summer TBR and it’s going rather good so far. I’ve already finished these seven books and will tell you more about them in this post. Even though I’m kinda getting on really nicely with my summer reading list, I am still 3 books behind my reading challenge on Goodreads How am I ever going to catch up on this? It seems impossible at this point but I managed to do it every year so I don’t plan giving up in 2016! Anyway, let’s talk about my recent reads.
Seven Recent Reads
THE GIRLS – EMMA CLINE: The hype around this book has been ridiculous. Nevertheless, I just had to get my hands on it and see for myself what all the fuss is about. The blurb promised a captive read about the late 60s/70s, in particular, the Manson family cult. And that is exactly what it was, a captivating and beautifully written thriller. Cline has such a beautiful writing style and manages to draw the reader into the story. I honestly felt like I was there with the girls. Would definitely recommend if you’re into thrillers, cults and elaborated writing.
NOVEMBER 9 – COLLEEN HOOVER: Colleen Hoover is my go-to author when it comes to dragging myself out of a really bad reading slump. She didn’t disappoint, again! Many of my friends disliked this story about a young aspiring author and his muse. Hoover’s writing is addictive, beautiful and fast paced. If you like cheesy love stories that will make you cry a river and root for the star-crossed lovers, this might be the perfect pick for you.
BAD FEMINIST – ROXANE GAY: This book has been sitting on my to-be-read pile for the longest time and I was so pumped to be finally reading it. It turned out as a bit of a disappointment sadly, though. I usually really like reading essay collections as they enable you to break up your reading process and think about the topics discussed. The topics discussed in Bad feminist were straight up my alley (feminism, race, body positivity, rape culture and such) but somehow the writing wasn’t at all what I was looking for. However, Gay raised some very interesting points and facts in her essays that I haven’t thought about before so that’s a plus.
FROM THIS MOMENT – LAUREN BARNHOLDT *: After having read the other two books of the series on the beach in June, I just couldn’t resist and get my hands on the third one as well. These books are very easy-going and faced-paced. Perfectly entertaining for a casual and chill day at the beach. Sometimes the writing style had me cringing, though. And, as expected, the story isn’t that complex. It’s a high-school themed book after all. If you want some easy entertainment to relax after a busy day, this might be the pick for you.
DAS LEUCHTEN MEINER WELT (EN: DEAR YASMEEN) – SOPHIA KHAN *: “Yasmeen Khalil is beautiful and charming. She is also unpredictable, enigmatic, funny and tragic. And then one day, she vanishes, leaving behind a heartbroken husband and desolate daughter.” Sophia Khan is an excellent story-teller. With Dear Yasmeen, she created a tale of ruined lives, deep hurt, broken dreams and a spark of hope. She tells the story of a young girl tracing her disappeared mother’s footsteps, slowly uncovering family secrets and the real women her glorified mother has been. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. A++ would recommend y’all to read this masterpiece.
THE SCARLET LETTER – NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: I honestly don’t want to go too far into detail with this book as I’ve only been reading it for University. It did surprise me in a way that I didn’t hate it as much as I thought. It was actually written quite beautifully and captivating.
DER WEITE RAUM DER ZEIT (EN: THE GAP OF TIME) – JEANETTE WINTERSON *: We all know Shakespeare. It’s been quoted over and over again. Turned into multiple movies, plays, books, etc. This is yet another one. And it’s brilliantly done. In an energetic and witty way Winterson carries the reader away into a twisted and convoluted tale of redemption, fate and the enduring love of a lost child. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare’s stories you’ll be in awe at how she manages to turn The Winter’s Tale into a modern story of money, power, jealousy and friendship.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – J.K. ROWLING: Can you believe that we actually got another Harry Potter book? And a play? And a new movie coming to the theaters at the end of the year? Someone please pinch me. I’m not yet finished with the book so I’m not gonna say anything yet. But it is so exciting to be back at Hogwarts, I honestly cannot believe this.
What have you been reading lately? And what are you guys currently reading? Any recommendations for me?