2017 Summer Reading List

August 15, 2017

I leave for school in exactly 9 days, so for me, summer is pretty much over! I've had such a great senior summer; spending time with my friends and family, traveling, and relaxing. Reading has taken up a lot of my time this summer, so I want to share four books that I've read/am currently reading!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I started the summer off with a classic and I'm not going to lie it was rough. For me, Jane Eyre was a book that I'm so glad I read because I love the story and it was so unexpected, but I'm not into "classics" because I feel like they are so slow. And don't get me wrong, I'm here for a slow burn but this book was on another level. I didn't see the ending coming and I truly love the characters, but I will honestly never read this again. If you can read a slow book and don't need to jump in immediately, go for it's great!

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
I had to read this one for a summer reading assignment, but I didn't completely hate it! It does have lots of political bias, and I know why it was assigned given the recent election and the location of my school, but politics aside the story itself was extremely interesting. I do take big issue with the ending, it felt extremely rushed and cobbled together. If you're someone who the ending is very important then I'd pass, but if you can still appreciate the story despite the tragedy that is the ending, give it whirl.

Unfiltered by Lily Collins
I did a whole post on this book and my thoughts so I won't go too in depth here, but I'm a big fan. It wasn't as deep as I thought it would be, but I love autobiographies/memoirs/self-help books written by people who I admire and this book 100% falls into that category.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This is probably one of the smartest, most intricate books I've ever read. The relationship between Lotto and Mathilde is so troubles and hard to understand on both sides; in some ways, they were meant to be and in others, it seems as though they were doomed from the start (the book is aptly named). It did also take me a little bit to get through this book, but I'd say once I was 1/4 of the way through I was committed and by the time I was 1/2 way I couldn't put it down! If you like books with a little bit of mystery and a lot of emotion you'll love this one.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
To be honest, this is the book I'm currently reading and I'm pretty sure I'm on page 3...so I have absolutely nothing to say except that I'm intrigued. I wanted to include it because it's probably the last book I'll be reading while on "summer break"! Have you read it? If so, what do you think?

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