Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July Reads

July Reads on Katy's Kitchen
On the weekends I like to read on my hammock. Sadie likes to pop up and say "hi" every once in awhile.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Everybody and their grandmother had this book on their summer booklist so I decided to check it out. Its about a family on the brink of a break down who all decided to rent a house in Spain for 2 weeks. The characters were funny, but the storyline was pretty predictable. Its the perfect light and fluffy beach read.

This book of essays and short stories were written by Marina Keegan, who died in a car crash five days after her graduation from Yale. She was a promising English student and her family and professors put together this compilation from her personal writing and writing classes. I loved this book during my commute because the stories are bite size enough that I could finish one on my train journey. Her writing is so authentic; its sad that the world lost such a talented writer.

California by Edan Lepucki
For those that like the dystopian/apocalyptic genre--this is for you. I've read some of the young adult fiction books like Hunger Games and Divergent, which made me very interested in this adult novel. This book is without the sci-fi elements of those series. It is set in the future USA where our government has collapsed and our electronic devices are no longer working. The story follows a married couple surviving in the California wilderness when they find out that there's a baby on the way. Should they set out to find a civilization to join or is it safer alone in the wild? Really interesting read.

Bonus: Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
I read the original Lean In when it came out last year and really liked it. Lean In for Graduates is updated with extra chapters specifically about the first few years of your career. Great gift idea!

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