I've mentioned it here before, but the deep, dark, sad truth is that I don't read enough. I was talking to a friend last night who manages a book store, and he mentioned how recently he read an article about how the internet has made it nearly impossible for us to focus on one thing at a time- and since I started typing this blog post I've somehow managed to both check my phone for texts and check opened email tab, in case you need proof.
I feel like reading a book is probably one of the few remaining activities that one must throw themselves into IN ENTIRETY, and one that doesn't enable a mindset that allows you to do more than one thing at once. Here are a couple of books I've had my eye on to check out this summer, aka THE SUMMER I GET BACK INTO READING.
Pretty much anything by Alice Hoffman
If you are alive and reading this than chances are you've seen Practical Magic, aka one of the cheesiest sisterhood/ magic/romance/witchy/woman power/family-comes-first movies out there. That gem of a 90's film was adapted from a book by Alice Hoffman, and is probably her most popular work. Virtually every book of Hoffman's I have read have an ongoing themes of lost love, family curses that have to do with lost love, jealous sisters, orphaned sisters, the woods, witches, townsfolk, family bonds, family ties, family secrets, good witches, evil witches, and broken hearts. Sounds so good, right? Her bibliography is quite impressive, however, and so this summer I'd like to read as many of them as possible.
Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed wrote Dear Sugar, a brilliant book consisting of excerpts from The Rumpus' advice column. Her writing is so honest and touching and funny and dark and wise that I don't doubt for a second that anything else by her is anything other than flawless. Her latest book is about her 1,100 mile hiking in the wake of her mother's death (darkness is her thing, but I PROMISE she's also insanely funny and not a total debbie downer) which sounds like my literal nightmare but I get why it's an important thing to do. It was also NY Times Bestseller which means that a lot of other people are into it, too. Cool!
Trinie Dalton was a substitute teacher in LA who slowly became obsessed with the notes she was confiscating from her students. Three years later, with the help of a handful of artists, her favorite selection of notes were "illustrated, interpreted, and reimagined." Sounds so good! I'm a huge fan of Dalton's work, as it's kind of a surreal blend of stories that involve real life things and vaguely unreal things, not unlike Alice Hoffman's work.
What's on your reading list this summer?