Before starting the second year of graduate school in the Fall, I’d like to dive into some literature for fun!
I’m keeping track of my summer reading here…
- Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
- Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
- Normal People – Sally Rooney
- Baby Teeth – Zoje Stage
- Anxious People – Fredrik Backman
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
- Cult Classic – Sloane Crosley
Furiously Happy is one of my favorite books, so I wanted to kick off the summer by rereading that one!
My favorite new book so far is Anxious People. It is a character-driven story of a bank robbery gone wrong. It is a heartfelt comedy, yet it also tackles serious topics such as suicidality, grief, guilt, desperation, and hopelessness. There are wild, random plot twists that will keep you on your toes. I really loved it!
Just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Given how it is advertised (e.g., “incredibly funny”, “warm and funny”), I was expecting it to be a fun, light read. It tackled very dark material, once again including suicidality and severe depression. This book also was told from the viewpoint of a woman with a history of trauma (e.g., caregiver abuse and neglect, domestic violence). It was beautifully written and funny (Eleanor is a bit odd), but it could be potentially triggering for those with a history of such trauma or suicidal ideation.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Other books I’m thinking of reading include Crying in H Mart (Michelle Zauner) and Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens).