The summer is the season for catching up on reading. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or sitting in a park for your lunch break, it’s the perfect time to pull out a good book. Reading is a great way to unwind from technology and take some time for yourself to engage in great writing. These books all tell moving stories that are incredibly moving and powerful. Read below for some great reading suggestions!
Prozac Nation is a biographical novel written by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Her powerful prose highlights her experience with growing up with depression. The biography illuminates the seriousness of mental health in America, which as Wurtzel points out, has no mercy. Wurtzel’s writing is incredibly captivating and emotionally driven, she doesn’t hold back and shares with her readers every detail of her difficult journey. If you’re looking for an insightful book and want to learn more about mental health in America, be sure to check this novel out. The novel is very emotional and extremely moving. After you finish reading, a movie was released based on the book which you can watch after you complete the book!
Little Children is a novel written by Thomas Perrotta that interweaves the stories of seven main protagonists living in suburbia. The tone is darkly humorous and explores the intimacies and complexities of human relationships. The book was featured on the New York Times Book Review and was turned into an Academy Award nominated film starring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly. Thomas Perrotta also wrote the novel The Leftovers which was subsequently turned into an HBO television show. His writing is complex yet easily understood and full of emotion. You won’t be able to put it down!
Good Morning, Midnight
If you’re looking to cross off a classic novel on your reading bucket list, Good Morning Midnight is the book for you. The 1939 modernist novel is written by Jean Rhys and explores the intricacies of womanhood. The story follows Sasha Jansen living in Paris and reflecting on her past life as an older woman. The writing is absolutely beautiful and truly poetic. The whole novel reads as more of an emotional experience than a story and is incredibly reflective of the human experience.
Girls on Fire
Girls on Fire is a murder mystery set in 1991 and written by Robin Wasserman. The novel follows the friendship of two girls – Hannah Dexter and Lacey Champlain – through their secretive lives in suburban Pennsylvania. Wasserman’s writing is very engaging and her novel is almost impossible to put down. If you’re looking for a great mystery filled with poeticism, Girls on Fire is the perfect book for you.
We The Animals
We the Animals is a novel written by Justin Torres. The novel is semi-autobiographical and focuses on Torres’ life as a child and his relationship with his brothers. The novel was later turned into a film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. If you’re looking for a story about young relationships and family struggle, this short novel is a great choice.