Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild was one of my favorite books I read in 2015. I found the story to be so interesting, thrilling, and just down right inspiring. I HATE hiking, but I felt like I wanted to hike after reading Cheryl’s tale. I suggest this for summer reading because I love reading non-fiction, but some can find it boring. This story almost reads like fiction, but I love knowing it all really happened. I cried at the end.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
As a suggestion from my sister, I read Rebecca because it was something different for me. I never really read mysteries, but Rebecca is in a league of its own. Suspense is the best word to use, I was always so eager to go onto the next chapter! Even though it was written in 1938, it feels like it could have been written today. The majority of the book takes place in a grand mansion, I loved imagining all the intricate rooms and grounds.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I think it’s really important for a summer read to be captivating, so that you can speed right through it during a vacation. Despite it’s 500+ pages, The Secret History was a quick book for me, because I just couldn’t put it down. I’d heard of the book but wasn’t at all familiar with the plot. As I started reading, I knew I’d found something great. The characters are well developed, the plot is smart but twisted, and the writing is just amazing. I think Donna Tartt might be my favorite modern author. Also, I guarantee you can find this book at a used bookstore!
“Insert Your City/State Here” Noir
I’ve read the Philadelphia and New Jersey books from the Noir series, as I grew up in NJ and now live in Philly. The books are a series of fiction short stories by local authors, all taking place in a different neighborhood of that city/state. They are all dark stories, involving murder, ghosts, that type of thing. Short stories are great for the summer since you can easily just read a quick story and put the book down without forgetting the plot. The stories are fun, a little different, and usually inspired by some sort of truth! (aka Mafia stories about South Philadelphia).