One of my favorite posts to write on here are my book recommendations. Whenever I meet with a friend I haven’t seen in a while, I always end up writing out some books for their “homework.” I’m the go-to girl in my friend group for book recommendations– and I love it. I also love these posts because you guys leave great recommendations in the comments. Seriously, it’s 10x better than digging through articles featuring trending reads.
I’m trying to figure out what’s going to the “the” read of the summer. Last year, I did not enjoy The Girls, but I felt like everyone and their mother read it. Any idea of what this year’s will be?
Okay, here are the books I’d recommend right now:
ONE // The Hypnotist’s Love Story
So I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s novels. (Big Little Lies anyone?!) However, this was not one of my favorites of hers. I debated on including it in the roundup or not as I just didn’t completely enjoy the book. That said, I still read it and got through it pretty quickly. The story is predictable, but if you just need something to read that doesn’t take too much out of you, this is for you. The plot is essentially about a woman falling in love with a man whose ex-girlfriend is stalking him.
TWO // Hidden Figures
After seeing the movie, I wanted to read the book. (It’s the story of the African American women who were computers for NASA during the 1960s.) I ended up borrowing the audiobook from my library. I’m not sure that reading actual text would keep me entertained, but the audiobook was great. This might be the only case where watching the movie first can help you with the book. The movie really brings life to the characters while the book delves deep into the science and social issues of the time. I found listening to the audiobook just to be fascinating and incredible. It’s an unbelievable slice of history, and it’s kind of crazy that it’s not more well-known.
THREE // The Circle
I saved the best for last! One disclaimer: the plot itself isn’t remarkable. But it is a thought-provoking read. It’s like a modern day 1984 with a huge technology company essentially taking over. Let me tell you; it’s freakishly realistic. Like it seems futuristic, but also not… it feels like it could happen tomorrow. I couldn’t put it down, but it did make me want to put my phone down more throughout the day.
(I also saw the movie and thought it was not the best. I was so disappointed because I loved the book so much. The acting just felt really flat and the plot was overly condensed and rushed. BUT, I did appreciate how they brought the social network and campus to life.)
Now, what are your favorite books right now? Any ideas on what the “book of the summer” will be?!