Summer Reads of 2022

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…

  1. Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
  2. Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  3. Normal People – Sally Rooney
  4. Baby Teeth – Zoje Stage
  5. Anxious People – Fredrik Backman
  6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  7. 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).

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