The best part about the summer is setting a little time aside to slow down and do the things you love. For me, I always try to fit in more reading. There is just something about sitting on the beach with a good book, or laying in the hammock sipping some wine and becoming completely enthralled in a great story. This summer has been no exception despite the cooler temperatures. I actually prefer it!
|The Great Gasby - Amazon link here|
|The Virgin Suicides - Amazon link here|
The second book I read was also made into a film quite some time ago. I read The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I remember seeing the film when it first came out and thought it was a really interesting concept. (I tend to gravitate to really depressing story lines if you haven't already made that conclusion). Because I had seen the film so long ago, I again, couldn't remember too many of the details. So in reading the book I found it was a new and fresh experience for me. It was a very interesting story that chronicled a strange family, and what made the book even more intriguing was that it is told by young men who lived on the same street as the main family, The Lisbon's. The boys were obsessed with the Lisbon's as they had five beautiful daughters who one by one committed suicide in the family home. It is a truly haunting coming of age story of about love, life and death. Eugenides writes in such a way where you feel like you know the characters of the book and that you are right there with them as they are trying to find out about the Lisbon girls. There is a disturbing kind of brilliance to the book that you can only read to understand.
|Guts - Amazon link here|
I am ALWAYS on the look out for more sad and depressing books to read so if you have read anything this summer that you loved, please please PLEASE let me know! I'm jonesin' for another great summer book to read before the end of the season! Help me out!