There’s not much to do during the summer here in Arizona, because it’s hot enough to make a normal pool a hot tub. So you stay inside a lot, going to the movies, or shopping. One thing I enjoy doing on the weekend, is submersing myself in a book to escape from the heat and the sorrows of summer. This summer I’ve already collected my books, buying them on audible and or in physical form. The physical books are sitting on my desk at home for me to see and pick up the next moment that I get. So let me show you what I plan on reading this summer.
My Summer Reading List:
The Circle by Dave Eggers
I was directed to this book through the movie trailers. Once I started looking up the book though, it seemed like something I’d fully enjoy. So I used one of my credits of Audible and downloaded it to my iPad.
Synopsis:When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.
Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. – GoodReads
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everyone needs to have one of those books that makes you question everything about life and makes you sob uncontrollably. Sometimes, you just need a good cry. I’ve heard that this will do the trick.
Synopsis:My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. –GoodReads
The Martian by Andy Weir
I won’t lie… The Martian, starring Matt Damon is probably one of my favorite movies. I have seen it countless times and still enjoy every minute. I don’t know why but I just love it so much. However, I’m ashamed to acknowledge that I didn’t know this was a book first… Now that I know, I have to read it!
Synopsis:Lauded author Andy Weir’s The Martian offers a gripping, inviting tale that partakes of young adult fiction and hard science fiction in a twist on the castaway rescue plot familiar from Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Hanks’s Castaway and many others. With its witty dialogue, exacting detail and not-too-improbable scenario, the book is an entertaining, engaging read likely to please not only the general public at which it is aimed, but also scholars of both young adult literature and science fiction and nascent scientists.
It relates the story of Mark Watney’s escape from being marooned on Mars. A member of the crew on the third living mission to Mars, Watney is struck in a storm when the mission formally aborts and must use his wits and the sharply limited physical resources available to him to make his way to a site from which he can be extracted. –Good Reads
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Okay I know this one is going to make me cry because I read the last couple of pages in the book….. Yea I cheated!! What are you going to do about it?! It is about a man and his dog Lily. There may or may not be hallucinations about the main character talking to Lily’s favorite Octopus toy… Weird I know, but it looked good.
Synopsis: Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.- GoodReads
So there you have it! A reading list that should last me until Game of Thrones is back on in July.