Most people don’t associate summer with reading. However, if you choose the right books, reading can actually be a fun way to spend your time. Whether it’s because you’re bored, travelling, or just looking for something different to do, here’s a list of some of my top summer book recommendations!
- Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand – This is a novel that follows the lives of one family over the span of the summer of 1969. Our main characters are Tiger, the family’s only son who was drafted into the Vietnam war at the beginning of the summer. Then we have Blair, the oldest daughter who is pregnant with twins and unable to travel outside of Boston. Kirby is the second oldest child and is involved in civil rights protests while working on Martha’s Vineyard. Finally, there is thirteen year old Jessie, who is spending the summer at her grandmother’s house in Nantucket. The story is interesting because it is told through alternating points of view so readers are able to experience the events of 1969 through multiple people varying in age and in different locations. This book is pretty fast-paced and discusses important social justice topics that were relevant to the time period.
- Educated by Tara Westover – School may be out, but this memoir is an interesting take from the point of view of someone who grew up in a survivalist family. As a child, Tara Westover was homeschooled by parents who did not trust public education, hospitals, or anything related to the federal government. Her first time stepping into a classroom was at the age of 17 and she did not about the holocaust until her first year of college. Educated is unique, not because of the rags to riches narrative, but because of the perspective from which the memoir is told. Westover never looks at her childhood with hate or contempt. Instead, she acknowledges the way she was raised as contributing to her life as a phD graduate from Cambridge University.
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber – The first book in a fantastical trilogy, Caraval follows Scarlett Dragna, a girl who has never left the island where she and her sister, Tella, were raised. When Scarlett’s father sets up an arranged marriage for her, she thinks that her chances of visiting Caraval, a far away eccentric performance, are over. However, when she receives an invitation to go, Tella arranges for the two of them to run away and attend the show. This book is set in a whimsical world and is definitely a page turner. There are a lot of plot twists and fun aspects that made it such an enjoyable read.
By SAarushi Vyas