Summer is the time when every reading lover plans to read as much as they can in hope to check as many books off of their to-read list. On any break from college, I strive to read as much as I can. During the semester, I just do not have the time to read leisurely. As an English major, I am reading so many books throughout the school year that reading for pleasure becomes a forgotten pastime. I lose the connection I have to books that I love and get so focused on reading simply what is required of me. This causes me to spiral into a reading slump and reading becomes required rather than something I willingly get to choose. This can cause me to lose touch with reading for fun, but I try to use breaks to reverse this thought process. I attempted to do this at the beginning of this summer because it always works best for me to lay out my goals right at the beginning. However, I quickly got lost in my new internship and am right back at where I started with my reading slump.
That is why today I am sadly here to report that I have read just one sole book so far this summer. That book is Standing Still by Jessica Brody. I read this book at the very beginning of summer break, in an attempt to ease myself back into reading for pleasure. I try to start back into reading by selecting something easily read, like a young adult or contemporary novel for example, so that it is much easier to get my brain adapted to wanting to read and not viewing it as a mundane task. Overall, the book was a lovely read. Standing Still deals with tough subject matter, including grief and how to cope with losing a loved one, all while maintaining feel-good moments of humor and blossoming young love. The novel follows a protagonist who has one unread text message from her deceased best friend on her phone and takes the reader through a journey of her swapping phones with a stranger in an airport and trying to get her phone back with the message intact. This event turns out to be just what she needs to finally start moving on from the tragedy and you get to follow her journey of acceptance, self-growth, and being okay with not being okay.
I am currently reading My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie which follows the perspective of Eliza Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton’s wife. The book offers Eliza’s point of view on the events that transpire in her life before and after she met and married Hamilton. It is fascinating to read her side of the story, even if it is from a fictional perspective. I am also still reading Becoming by Michelle Obama, despite receiving it as a Christmas gift. I have learned that memoirs are a slow read for me and perhaps, that is what has caused me to fall back into a slump. To counteract these harder to digest novels and prevent this from happening again, I am going to read Part of Your World by Elizabeth Braswell next as it was gifted to me. This novel explores what would have happened in the classic tale of the Little Mermaid if Ursula had won.
I have so many books that I want to read this summer, having convinced myself to purchase books with the sole purpose of having all summer to read them. As I only have a little under a month and a half to start reading more, I better start reading yesterday. If you are reading this, I encourage you to pick up that book that you have thought was interesting for a while or you have had on your to-read list for who knows how long. There is nothing quite as satisfying as reading a good book and being able to check it off your list.
Also, if you have any book recommendations, feel free to send them in to my email. I would love to read what is meaningful to someone else.