September 19, 2018

Best Books of the Summer

This summer I finally got some reading time, so now that the season is almost over, I'd like to share the best books I read.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber - I read this on the plane to New York in July. I really enjoyed the twisty plot and the way the different pieces of magic were described. I felt like I could actually see it. Two sisters are held captive by their abusive father after their mother disappears. One of them gets an invitation for them both to attend Caraval. It turns out that Caraval is not what it is rumored to be and dark machinations are in motion. They don't know who to trust.


Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna - I loved this graphic novel updated retelling of Jane Eyre. I heard of someone who didn't like it. She thought it was weird. But Jane Eyre is her favorite book ever, so she felt it took too many liberties. I thought it was brilliant.

Seven Husbands

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - This book was a gossipy tell-all, but not about real people. This is another book with fantastic descriptions. I feel like I could see all the Hollywood people described. Evelyn Hugo is nearing the end of her life and she calls in a magazine journalist to write her biography. She tells the story of her decades long career and her 7 husbands. She is both likable and not at the same time.


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - This one was simultaneously sad and hilarious. Ove is a retired railroad man who recently lost his wife and is trying to commit suicide to join her. His plans keep going awry due to his new, incompetent neighbors. He keeps getting pulled into their drama and escapades until he feels like he has to take care of them. It's a beautiful story.

So what are the best books you read this summer?