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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top Summer Reads

I am so sad to say this, but I don't love to read anymore. When I was little, I absolutely loved reading. I couldn't get enough of wild stories that drew me into another place or world, and I think that over time, as I got busier, I didn't have the time or energy anymore.

But, good news! I am done with school for the year, and to my knowledge don't have summer reading, I've picked up a few books off the shelf that I want to re-read!


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I read this my sophomore year, and loved it. It was a slow read at first, but after I got further into the book, I loved it. It's about Doctor Manette, a French political prisoner, as he is finally released after eighteen years in the Bastille. He is released to his daughter, Lucie, and soon the novel turns to Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay as the two men compete for Lucie's love. The novel is set during the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution and also in London, which by comparison was peaceful at the time. I highly recommend this for a long, concentrated read.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Lily Owens is in jail with her black caretaker, Rosaleen, in 1964 South Carolina. Rosaleen insulted a few white supremacists in town, and as a result, the two were thrown in jail. However, upon busting out to nearby Tiburon, Lily begins to discover a lot of her late mother's past. Lily and Rosaleen move in with a family of beekeepers, and Lily undergoes a great deal of emotional and spiritual growth. This was a heartwarming read that was really sweet and just enjoyable. It's a great lazy Sunday read!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I bet we've all seen the Logan Lerman movie (#swoon), but this is a true coming of age story in my opinion. Charlie writes letters to a "friend," and simply details his life as a bystander in high school. It's a sweet, heart wrenching, and incredibly relatable novel that I find to be one of my favorites of all time.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I mean...duh. Who doesn't love a good roaring twenties love story? Jay Gatsby, a rags-to-riches New Yorker, exhibits a near Platonic love for the stunning, and married, Daisy Buchanan. The Long Island finery is a place for grand parties and socializing, as the country moved into a secular whirlwind. Gatsby is a classic, and it's just a plain good book. Narrated by the sad, but lovable, Nick Carraway, we see Gatsby's demise from the outside. Plus, Leo plays a dang good Gatsby in the movie, right?

These are just a few of my all-time favorites that I plan to re-read before I go off to Memphis in August! What are your summer reads?

xx, Victoria
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