It’s summertime (at least here in India)! Every summer I plan a trip either with my crazy friends or family. But looking at the temperature rise this year I’m not as excited (neither anyone else) to go somewhere and chill out. That gives me so much time to spend with my other best friends: books 😀
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As I can’t go out (or rather won’t go out) and explore real places I decided to read more and more books of different genres than just the classics and romance novels. And thank god I didn’t have to search much to decide what books should be my 2019 summer reads as I already had some in my mind.
I have tried to include 5 best summer reads from different genres: classic, romance, comedy, fantasy, and political fiction (as it’s an election season as well).
1. P. S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
“Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.”
Holly and Gerry, childhood sweethearts and a couple made for each other. But life is never easy and predictable. Gerry’s death devastates and leaves Holly heartbroken and to fend for herself all alone.
However, her 30th birthday brings her hope and love of her life, Gerry, back into her gloomy life through Gerry’s letters. Each letter directs her and pushes her out of her sad shell and help her live life again.
While helping his beloved Holly through letters, Gerry never forgets to remind how much he loves her by signing each letter with ‘PS I Love You’.
It’s never easy to go on living after losing your beloved ones. But as Cecelia Ahern says it becomes easier when you have an angel watching over you.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Well, the book worms and classic novel lovers don’t need any introduction. Jane Eyre one of the best creations by Charlotte Bronte is based on a girl coming to her age.
Jane Eyre a 10 years old orphan lives at her paternal uncle’s house with her heartless aunt and rude cousins and has to endure with a charity school and ruthless family and society at such a young age.
This toughens her spirits even more to find her freedom and independence. Young Jane gets accepted for a position of a governess and falls in love with her employer. But the shocking discoveries and the secrets about her employer put her in a doubt. Now she must decide whether to stay with the man she loves and face the consequences or follow her desires and leave the man she loves behind.
We all have to face a moment of conflict in our lives. The moment where we have to choose between two things we love the most. I have been through these kinds of situations many times so I think I can connect to Jane well.
3. Exit West
Finally, I get to read this book! I saw this book in a book store at Singapore International Airport while we’re travelling back to India from our trip to Bali. And since Exit West by Mohsin Hamid hasn’t left my mind.
The story starts in a city in Western Asia where the refugees are living peacefully yet under the fear of war, Nadia and Saeed two working students occasionally meet and fall in love. While they both are struggling with life eventually war breaks and the city is under attack by the militants.
While struggling to be alive and keeping each other alive become a daily routine for the citizens Saeed and Nadia chase the rumors and search for the doors leading them outside the city and the war seeking refuge in the western countries.
The story well relates to the Syrian and many other refugee crises the world is experiencing. I’ve always thought of the refugees and their struggles. Now through Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, I’ll get to know more about refugees and the dangers they put themselves and their families in just to be alive.
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I’m both nervous and excited to read a fantasy after reading (and watching) Harry Potter series. Since I read Harry Potter books I hardly had spent my summer time without reading or watching Harry Potter series. This year I decided to give that ritual a break and try out a new fantasy novel. I found the description of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern very interesting. Let’s hope it won’t let me down.
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.
Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which the only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.”
5. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Well, there’s no other reason to include this book in my April 2019 Summer Reads than having a good laugh as I observed that I have been quite serious and under pressure these past months. And as per the famous quotes by the famous poet Lord Byron:
We all have the moments or situations that we so desperately want to forget and pretend like it never happened. Blogger Jenny Lawson has some embarrassing and devastating moments too that she has talked about in her debut Let’s Pretend This Never Happened., which she claims to be an ‘almost true story’.
By the chapter titles of the book like “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”, “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”, “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” no doubt the book is going to give me few laughs.
That’s my April 2019 Summer Reads list. I’m already excited to read and re-read these books and share my thoughts and book reviews with you in the next few days. Till then enjoy life and stay healthy!