From what I gather from friends I'm unusual, but I actually catch up on my reading once summer vacation begins. We have 30 minutes of reading time for all of us during the day and I sit right alongside the kids and read my own books.
I just finished Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.
I chose 13 Reasons because a student in our high school recently committed suicide and I thought this book might help my 14 year old make some sense of it. After reading it, I chose not to give it to my son since I wasn't on board with the message the book sent. The story is of a high school student who also commits suicide and beforehand records a series of audio tapes explaining why and calling out each student she blames for her decision. After her death, the tapes are to be distributed to the "guilty" for them to listen to. (yes, I just ended this sentence in a preposition and it's really bugging me)
I just hated the lead character by the end of the book and didn't care if she committed suicide or not! That sounds terrible, but I just couldn't like her, and I didn't like that the author didn't fully explain the brain dysfunction that can also lead to suicidal thoughts.
Me Talk Pretty was just the opposite in weight and I needed some light reading! It's a collection of short stories that are pretty hilarious. I have listened to David Sedaris on This American Life podcast when I run, and just imagining the words in his voice made it even funnier. I would recommend this book for fun beach reading this summer!
I finally found Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson, and plan to start it today. My friend Tara recommended it months ago.
I love to get recommendations and I have a whole Pinterest page devoted to Books I want to Read, as well as a note in my phone. So, what better place to get book ideas than here?
It's Feedback Friday...
What is on your summer reading list?
What books have you read lately?
What book did you really dislike?