No matter what I accomplish during the summer, I am left with the lingering sensation that I could have done more. If only I had managed to make one more smoothie, eat one more ice cream or wear that white dress one more time! Unfortunately, summer ends and we reunite with our riding boots and thick sweaters. Iced coffee gives way to hot chocolate and we trade beach songs for Christmas carols.
Okay, so maybe I don’t mind that last bit so much.
We discussed summer reading earlier in the season and, I’m ashamed to say, I read barely any of the books on that list. I did read some stunners, but my summer was dominated by working my way through my back log of paper back swap books. Here are the top five books I read this summer, in no particular order.
1. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson – If you speak or are learning English, you must read this book. It’s a fantastic romp through the language, discussing why it’s unique and examining at it’s transformation across the ages. You’ll learn some random facts that you’ll be pulling out for months afterwards.
2. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Historical fiction books are pretty hit or miss for me; fortunately, this one belonged to the former category. Set in New York during the late 1930s, Rules of Civility follows the lives of three friends who meet ones New Years Eve over a year. The book surprises on every page and creates characters that feel as if they could live in any era.
3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters – Not only is the plot gripping, Walter effortlessly weaves together an astonishing variety of stories. From Italy in the 1960s to modern day LA, the book discusses love and struggles through the ages, without once feeling like it’s biting off more than it can chew.
4. Tribes by Seth Godin – Talk about inspiring; this svelte volume discusses how we need to choose to become leaders in our respective fields, regardless of whether or not we think we are the “leader type.” Godin’s words are empowering and will no doubt have you eager to go out into the world and create change.
5. The Life and Time of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson – Now, I wonder how big the audience is for this book, but if you are a kid of the ’50s (specifically a male one) or the child of someone from the ’50s then you will love this. The book felt like a story my dad would have told me as a kid with a pinch of A Christmas Story thrown in for good measure.
What was the best book you read this summer?