I’ve been on a major reading kick this summer. There’s something awesome about sitting outside on the patio in the evenings devouring a good book! Here are the books I’ve read thus far…
The Fountainhead is now one of my favorite books of all time. It was written long ago (1943) but is still so relevant in today’s society. Each of the main characters is so well-developed, and it’s not hard to determine which people in your own life are, for instance, of the Keating or Roark variety. It’s probably the longest book I’ve read (sad, I know), coming in at around 750 pages, but it was so worth it. It’s inspiring without even trying to be. Read this book; you will not be sorry!
Straight Man is a funny tale about a college professor’s mid-life crisis. It touches on love, health, academia, and more and it had me laughing out loud in some parts. I’d like to read some of Russo’s other books; this one was good, but I didn’t necessarily feel a great connection to it. (Perhaps I couldn’t get into it because I had just finished The Fountainhead, which I loved so much.)
The Fault in Our Stars is about a couple of kids with cancer. I did not know this when I started reading it; the mister said he had heard it was good, so I decided to try it out. It was a very good story, but I do not do well with sad stories. I may or may not have been sobbing at certain points. Knowing what I do now, I still would have read it, but I would have timed it so that I wasn’t finishing it up on our camping trip!
Gone Girl is a thriller about a marriage gone terribly wrong. It was captivating throughout and I couldn’t put it down. I liked that it was very dark and had realistic suspense, and I didn’t have to suspend my disbelief to build a good story. (I feel that many thrillers and mysteries throw a curve ball out of left field that no one could expect or believe to explain things, which is so obnoxious.) Overall, I thought the ending could have been better. I felt like it was a letdown at the end of a really good story.
These last four books complete goal #32 on my list of reading 10 books. (Not gonna lie, I did not think I’d finish that goal…) I’m glad I’ve rediscovered the love of reading I had when I was young!
What have you been reading lately? I’m looking for some recommendations!