Books I Read This Summer! (Throwback Edition)

Hello, bloggers!

As you may or may not know, I spent this past summer reading quite a bit of books– novels, poetry, short stories– everything in between. Since it’d been a couple of years since I’d read “for fun,” I made it a goal this time to get back into reading, instead of wasting my life away on the Internet.

That said, I impressed myself by increasing my reading by ten-fold. I made frequent visits to my local library, checking out new books to discover and (possibly) enjoy. I even made lists of the books I’d read to share with you, which can be read here and here.

On the other hand, however, I also returned to a few old favorites of mine, some of which I hadn’t picked up in a couple of years. They still resonated with me, though, as I found myself seeking them out at the library, reading them for pleasure once more. I’ve decided to share the few that I returned to this summer, and I do recommend you check them out!

1. Gravity (Leanne Lieberman).

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Seriously, I must’ve read this novel at least five times throughout my teenage and adult years…This novel from Canadian writer Leanne Lieberman is classified in the YA genre, but the tone feels more down-to-earth and beyond the scope of the usual fluffy writing that I’ve seen in too many YA novels.

Although the pacing is rather slow throughout, each detail Lieberman brings into the story creates a certain tactility which makes one resonate with the narrator-character, Ellie, all the more so. I admire the book’s ambition to tackle both Judaism and homosexuality, and while it did feel a bit cluttered at times with the two messages it was trying to convey, Gravity ended up being a beautiful piece that I continue to return to again with time. Here’s one of my favorite quotes that I think summarizes the book as a whole:

“God–it’s a hard concept. Think of it as just a force…like gravity [and love]…we can’t measure love, but we never deny its existence” (p. 221-222).

2. Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher).

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Again, I’ve read this book perhaps five times at least. Even though I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite of mine, it has this sort of strange quality that continues to attract me to it every once in a while to re-read it. Especially after I watched its Netflix series adaptation earlier this summer, I decided to return to it and see the differences between the book and the series (there are a lot).

Once more, Thirteen Reasons Why isn’t my favorite novel (too passive, too dramatic at times), I think the message it’s getting across, e.g. suicide, being kind to others, is a good one to take away from. It’s certainly tamer from the series adaptation, but in any case, it’s another good read to pass the time with.

3. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel (Sara Farizan). 

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Okay, so technically it was my first time reading this novel this summer, which I highlighted in my post here. However, I found it so fun that I decided to crack open the spine again later in the summer. It’s certainly a light and breezy book to pass the afternoon with, all the while offering a great message to people of color in the LGBTQ+ community.

That said, if you need a book to read for passing the time, along with a sweet (albeit slightly predictable) plot and a lot of heart, then Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel needs to be on your list!

What are some books you enjoy returning to again (and again)? Let me know!

— The Finicky Cynic

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