After an eternity of not reading as much as I’d like, I’ve been steadily reading about 2-3 books a month this summer.
When I was younger, I almost always had my nose in a book. But between work, errands and general procrastination, it’s harder nowadays to find uninterrupted stretches of time to read. Lately, I’ve been making sure to carve out some reading time every night before bed, even if I only get through a few pages before my eyes start closing. Turns out that’s been enough to get me back on track!
Here’s a super random list of books I’ve been reading lately:
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling
As a Harry Potter fan, I felt like I had to read this, even as I suspected it wouldn’t live up to the rest of the series. I was right — it did lack the magic of the novels, which probably makes sense since it’s a play. I think I’d actually be curious to see it in person, though.
2. Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
I’m still trying to figure out when and why I added this to my reading list and I’m completely drawing a blank. Anyway, I’m glad I did! This is a fictional account of Nefertiti and her rise to power as queen of Egypt. If you keep in mind that it’s a novel and not pure fact, you’ll most likely enjoy it. Now I want to read everything I can find on that time period.
3. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I started reading this on my iPad, but decided to switch over to the audiobook midway. It was narrated by J.D. Jackson, whose voice added another level of richness to the story. Either way, Coates is a talented writer and storyteller, with a talent for placing you inside the world he describes. His other book, Between The World and Me, is also a must-read.
4. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
One of my 101 in 1001 goals is to read all 37 Shakespeare plays. I’m woefully behind on that, but I got a bit of motivation this summer when I went to see Shakespeare in the Park with Jane. We saw The Taming of the Shrew with a brilliant all-female cast. Reading the play after seeing it performed was actually really interesting because I could imagine all the actors and remember how they performed the lines.
5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I’ve been disappointed by other “comedian memoirs” so I had low expectations for this. But where others try to be funny in a self-conscious way, I found that Mindy was really relatable. The whole time, I felt like I was hanging out with a close friend. My favorite parts were the stories she tells about her childhood: how she formed friendships, got bullied in high school and developed her love for TV, and the occasional details about how her career got started.
6. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Continuing the theme of historical books about renowned female rulers, I’m currently reading this one about the Russian monarch. Since dating Alex who’s Ukrainian, I’ve become so curious about Eastern European culture. Still, I was surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed reading about Catherine the Great, who I previously knew nothing about. Long story short: she’s such a badass.
P.S. My friend Jordan and I actually started a book club, which is another thing that keeps me on track. September’s book, which I’m starting next, is The Girl on the Train. Have you read it yet?
P.S. A snow day reading list.