Summer Reading, the good kind :)

As I am packing for college slash staring at my overflowing suitcase that looks like it is about to eat me alive, I am trying to think if I got anything done this summer.  Not really.  I had this huge list of books I wanted to get through... didn't really happen.  But I will give you my opinion on the extremely few books I did read.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss:  Clearly this book is about love.  Different stories are interwoven together, and the end leaves you hanging... in a good way.  I really liked it, definitely recommend it!  Her writing style is very similar to Jonathan Safran Foer, no surprised they are married. 

"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering."  Adorbs.
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner:  Oof this one was a beast to get through.  I spent half my summer reading this.  I probably read each page five times, spending the whole reading experience in confusion.  I'm glad I read it, but I think this is the kind of book you want to take a class on or write a paper about.  Too much there for a summer read, but I'm proud of myself for getting through it :)

"I am I and you are you and I know it and you dont know it and you could do so much for me if you just would and if you just would then I could tell you and then nobody would have to know it except you and me and Darl."  What?! Now you get my frustration.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami:  Weird book.  I am not really one for the whole supernatural thing... old men talking to cats and forests containing a whole different existence.  I don't really know the meaning of half of anything in this book, but I still loved it.  He is a great writer.

"Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard."

Identical by Ellen Hopkins:  Surprisingly the person who recommended As I Lay Dying also recommended this book to me... let me clarify: they are complete opposites haha!  I really liked this book though!  It is a young adult novel that is super dark and depressing.  Upon finishing you get the reaction: woah what just happened?!  And it is a really fast read.  I am talkin 400 pages in three days.  Granted the novel is written as a list of poems.
Slowness by Milan Kundera:  For those of you Unbearable Lightness of Being fans, this does not disappoint.  The writing is much more lighthearted and mocking, but just as insightful.  He makes you laugh at how pathetic humanity and you for that matter are.

"The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting."
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates:  Ok I am cheating here... I just started this book, but I can already tell this is gonna be a good one.  I've only read one other book by her, A Garden of Earthly Delights, which was so freakin good.  Really dark.  She is such a good writer, like you almost wanna eat the words off the page... just kidding... or am I?  Good thing Princeton rejected me because I would be her number one stalker on campus.  Then I would steal Jonathan Safran Foer's Senior Thesis that inspired Everything is Illuminated.  You think I'm joking, but I'm not.

Well if you are one of the few who read my blog and actually made it to the end of this post, I am really honored.


I. Lee said...

Dang girl! You actually read quite a few books. Oh, and I totally failed on reading all the books on my list too. -_- All the books you read sound so deep! Am impressed. Lots. :)

In Green Pastures said...

What a delightful and inspiring post! I've started on Slowness by Milan Kundera as a result. The next Michiko Kakutani????

Madalyn said...

That looks like a great selection of books! Little Bird of Heaven sounds especially intriguing. I wish I had more time for leisurely reading this summer, but I was taking summer courses, and had to substitute them for school assignments! Ahh well, thankfully I have time to read more now! (I'm particularly liking Agatha Christie at the moment.)

I've been by your blog a few times, and quite like it! This is my first comment here, and likely not my last! Good luck with the packing away/moving in!