TMI Friday? (Just roll with it): Summer Reading

So far in post-grad life, I’ve been trying to figure out just exactly where my entire day goes…turns out, it’s the Internet.

(I mean, are you really surprised?)

In the spirit of taking a break from constantly looking up cool articles, today’s TMI Thursday Friday is thusly devoted to literature. My parents gave me an iPad mini for graduation (very surprising!) and I’ve quickly gone from being completely apathetic about iPads to addict level. And now that I’ve found that the public library has an ebook system, well, all I do now is read books on my iPad. (For the record, I still refuse to take pictures using it; I’m not that much of a jerk yet.)

I’ve been checking out a TON of the “Must Read Summer 2013” lists–if you’re into that too, consider this a review!

Definitely recommend: 


  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn: fantastic thriller all about sociopaths. So good. Makes you wonder if you’re a sociopath…and then you realize you feel TOO many emotions, so that’s impossible. I rarely read fiction, but this is one that makes me want to be a better writer.  (Lazy? It’s turning into a film–in talks to be directed by David Fincher, aka it’s a big deal)


  • Start, Jon Acuff: I love Jon Acuff. I saw him speak last month at a church nearby and not only was he incredibly engaging, but very wise. His latest book is just the same! It’s been beyond encouraging and helpful for me as I sort through the unknown that is my future.


  • Love Does, Bob Goff: Another life-alteringly inspirational book. I read this in the UK and took pages of notes while doing so. Goff’s writing style is conversational–he’s a storyteller above all else, but you’d be surprised what you learn and realize along the way.Unknown
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan: Really unusual book with characterization to spare. It’s full of interconnected stories, much like this new season of Arrested Development, actually.


Okay, so just one book, but I’ve seen it on several “Must Read” lists.

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  • The Paris Wife, Paula McClain: Although it follows the life of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley, I was rather bored. The story got a bit stale.

Currently Reading/too soon to catagorize: 

  • Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn (so far, so…interesting)
  • Superfreakonomics, Steven Levitt (I’ve read Freakonomics and I’m excited to read this new version!)
  • Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, David Friedman (what? I really enjoy economics…)

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