The summer has officially begun for me, which means that after a long break of not blogging, I am finally not-busy enough to start writing again. However, since I have missed actual months of writing, I figured I would catch up by recommending several books in this post. Without further ado, here is my list of great summer reads.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
There are not many books that I have enjoyed reading more than Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, a book of “unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened.” Each chapter is filled with ridiculously crude drawings and contrastingly sophisticated wit and charm that will have you rolling on the floor in laughter. As Brosh processes the hilarity and tragedy of her own life, you are forced to take a good look at your own. Over and over again, Hyperbole and a Half proves that any situation in life can merit a good laugh and hind sight is truly 20/20.
You can purchase a copy of Hyperbole and a Half here.
Tease by Amanda Maciel
Although Tease is a much darker read than the rest of my recommendations, it’s still a fantastic read for both the summer and the winter months and I cannot recommend it enough. Tease is told from a single perspective that alternates between the before and after of the harrowing suicide of a beautiful high school sophomore named Emma Putnam. While the small town reels from the loss of a student, Sara Wharton and her friends are on trial for bullying Emma into killing herself. Inspired by true events, Tease shows that there is never just one side to the story, and touches on difficult topics while keeping an incredibly authentic voice.
You can purchase a copy of Tease here.
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
I am quite partial to I am Princess X, as it is written by an alumni of Southern Adventist University, the school I am currently attending. Funnily enough, I was applied, registered, and ready to go to college before even knowing that one of my favorite books had been written by a Southern alumni. Regardless, Princess X stands on its own as a fantastically empowering murder mystery in a digital age. When May’s best friend, Libby, and her mother are killed in a terrible car accident, it means the end of May and Libby’s stories of a kickass, katana-wielding superhero, named Princess X. But five years later, May discovers an online comic with a cult following featuring her very own Princess X, and starts to wonder what really happened on the night that Libby died.
You can purchase a copy of I am Princess X here.
Wreck This Journal (everywhere) by Keri Smith
I’m not quite sure when the “wrecking journal” trend began, but for me it started about three summers back when I purchased a copy for ten bucks at my local Barnes and Noble. There are all sorts of versions of the wrecking journal, but so far my favorite has been Wreck this Journal (everywhere) by Keri Smith. Small enough to fit in a pocket or a purse, Keri Smith makes the wrecking journal a portable and interactive experience. Wreck this Journal (everywhere) will force you to get outside, go on adventures, and take every chance you can to make an absolute mess. The rule is: there are no rules. Happy wrecking!
You can purchase a copy of Wreck this Journal (everywhere) here.
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
What’s worse than getting stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Getting stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with your worst enemy. When Denver sneaks out of her house to attend a party in Malibu, the most exciting part of her night is supposed to be getting kissed by a boy. Instead, it’s a tsunami of epic proportions that washes her out to sea with none other than her ex-best friend and sworn enemy, Abigail. With the stakes raised to critical, Denver’s dry wit may not be enough to keep her alive, and the fight for survival might just start with the two setting aside their rivalry long enough to make it back to land.
You can purchase a copy of the Lifeboat Clique here.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
The story of Lady Jane Grey is a rather tragic one. Known in history as the Nine-Day Queen, she was made ruler of England when her cousin, Edward, named her his successor instead of his sister, Mary Tudor (AKA Bloody Mary). In the end, Mary fought for the throne and won it, beheading poor Lady Jane. Not so in My Lady Jane, a hilarious rewrite of history in which Lady Jane Grey is given a fighting chance at survival. Compared to the Princess Bride for its wit and humor, My Lady Jane is a wildly false retelling of a girl who never stood a shot at happiness, but somehow gets it anyways. The perfect summer read in every way.
You can purchase a copy of My Lady Jane here.