It is nearing the end of July, and the end of summer is almost at hand. If you have not gotten a jump-start on your summer reading list, (I am in this predicament since I have been busy with both work and school for the past six weeks), then here are five, easy-to-read, breezy books that you can probably finish in one or two trips to the pool.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
This is a delightful and honest autobiography coming from one of the most successful female comedians of this generation. Poehler’s writing is smart, emotional, and of course, hilarious. Because of how captivating she is, it is easy to get engrossed in this book and finish it quickly. I would recommend for anyone who enjoys some feminist musings on the entertainment industry, anyone who has experienced emotional turmoils from divorces, or for anyone who is looking for a few laughs.
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
If you are anything like me and enjoy classical novels, then this is the summer read for you. What stood out most to me about this book is its characterization of the protagonist. Anne is the epitome of the well-meaning, innocent child who manages to make the world a little brighter for all those who are lucky enough to cross her path. But she is still human, with very apparent insecurities and character flaws. This feel-good classic will be hard to pry from anyone’s hands who likes a neat little bow at the closure of a story.
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
This is technically a play, but it still makes the list. Wilde is a brilliant playwright with a good command on the English language, and it is especially apparent in this comedy. This play has everything one needs for a good night at the theatre (or a good sit by the pool): mistaken and false identities, romance mix-ups, and a happy ending.
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Maybe fantasy is more your speed, and so I present to you the first novel that made the series The Chronicles of Narnia famous. I believe there is a good reason that this is the most well-known novel out of the entire series, and it is simply because it is the one with the most mainstream fantasy plot, one with a talking lion, a seductive witch, and a well-meaning Faun. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, I believe that this is the summer book for you.
- The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Wallis
Of course, I had to include a major romance novel on here because summer and romance go well together. While I typically do not have the taste for most of the romance genre, The Bridges of Madison County was especially interesting to me because of how relatable and tangible the protagonist Francesca is. I know the fact that the book glorifies an affair turns some people off from the story, but it intrigues me all the more because it calls for a more complex and realistic storyline.
If you have any summer book recommendations, don’t be afraid to message me via the Contact page!