Your Summer Reading List
By: Simone Castello
It’s that time of year again, folks! With warm summer days just around the corner, we all are looking for chances to escape and take some time away from a reality clouded by the recession. Many of us won’t be able to escape to a tropical paradise this summer, but we can certainly use our imagination. With help from us at Adorned, you can get away in your mind, even if it’s just for a couple of hours a day.
Here’s a list of summer reads for everyone from the adventurous reader to the chick-lit dreamer. Check out one (or all) of our options, as they suit your literary taste:
Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons. A precursor to his book, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons introduces us to symbologist Robert Langdon and how he first became involved in the plot. And as a summer bonus, you can watch the movie, now playing in theatres nationwide, after you read the book. If Brown isn’t your thing, try picking something out of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series – there’s lots to choose from, with The 8th Confession as the latest.
Tried and true, the graphic novel is an easy read at any time of year. With pictures to support the text, you also get a little help in the imagination department. You can always choose one of your favourite comic characters like Wonder Woman or Spiderman, but why not try something a little different this time? Check our Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Insightfully written, it’s sure to bring a chuckle to your day.
Forget the obvious Danielle Steel novels. The 21st century woman is looking for a new form of romance – one that is all-encompassing, yet still leaves room for her to breathe. If you’re seeking indulgence in a seductive summer read, check out How to be Single by famed He’s Just Not That Into You writer Liz Tuccillo. Though fictitious, this book takes you around the world to showcase the single survival techniques of women from Brazil to Asia. It’s humourous and light hearted, while touching on the realities that most 21st century single women face.
Home and Heart
There’s one great option here – Nicholas Sparks. Choose from some of Sparks’ classics like The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, and The Choice. Once you read the books (which, I promise, you won’t be able to put down), make it a date night by watching these books adapted on the big screen. Most of them will surely be remembered as classics.
Any English Literature major can attest to these timeless classics. You can’t go wrong with a Jane Austen – try Northanger Abbey (for a shorter read), or Pride and Prejudice for a periodic romance. Austen’s fun and upbeat style of writing makes it easy to get lost in the dialogue and detailed scenery descriptions. These books are amazing if you’re looking to step back in time to a period when all women had to worry about were petticoats and courting (well, and the plague… but that’s a whole other book list!).
So there you have it – a variety of book choices that are sure to help you escape and be entertained this summer. Enjoy!