My Spring/ Summer Reading List

Let me start off by saying that I included 2 seasons because I am a slow reader.  (And now that I’ve completed the list, this may even take me into the beginning of Fall.) . Sorry, Mom and Dad!

As I mentioned in my last post, I add a lot of shitty titles to my “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.  It’s a problem I’m aware of, but I’ve started making an effort to de-clutter my list and identify the actually-probably-good titles that got hidden in there.  I’m looking for a change of pace, so I’m leaving the world of mystery/thrillers for awhile.  This is my Spring/ Summer reading list (in no particular order, mind you):
Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?


In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.


Check out my full review of Brain on Fire here!

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Check out my full review of Wild here!

The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.

Check out my full review of The Art of Racing in the Rain here!

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants by Tina Fey

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)


*Fun fact: I never thought I liked Tina Fey until my boyfriend and I decided to give 30 Rock a shot (about 6 years too late) on Netflix and I was pleasantly surprised.  I got this book as a Christmas present.

Check out my full review of Bossypants here!

The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers
The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers
In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups.


Review coming soon!

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