Summer is here, it’s getting hot and the sea is calling us! You can spend a day at the beach any way you like, but is there a better way to get tanned than getting hydrated and reading a good book? If there is, I haven’t found out yet!
These top 3 books to read this summer are meant to make you feel. Each person will feel them in a different way, but the goal is to feel something powerful. Some may cry, some may laugh, some may laugh while crying. It’s up to you!
1. The sun and her flowers, Rupi Kaur
In her second collection of poetry, the Indian writer, Rupi Kaur, shares her experiences on pain, love, womanhood, feminism, being an immigrant and heartbreak. The book is divided into five journeys: wilting, falling, laying roots, rising and blooming. A journey of the celebration of love, as well as a look at pain in all its forms.
“what is the greatest lesson a woman should learn that since day one
she’s already had everything she needs within herself
it’s the world that convinced her she did not”
2. Holding Up the Universe, Jennifer Niven
The second recommendation in the list of the top 3 books to read this summer is not a simple young adult romance book. Holding Up The Universe holds a strong message behind its funny dialogues and not-at-all cliche story.
Two teenagers at high school fight against prejudices and struggle to find where they fit in a world where being different is a crime. She is fat. He is, apparently, an asshole. They cross paths. That’s where the story begins. Jennifer Niven has the power to make you feel many different things at once. Her first book, All The Bright Places, is a must read, and a pack of tissues is another must because you’re going to need them.
And this whole ‘pretty for a fat girl’ thing. I mean, what is that? Why can’t I just be pretty period?
3. Looking for Alaska, John Green
The first book published by the best-selling author, John Green – The Fault in Our Star, Paper Towns – is a romance about discovery, adventure, stepping out of your comfort zone and yes, love. Alaska is intense, mysterious, unstable. Miles is obsessed with last words and, well, boring. He falls for her. She has a boyfriend. An accident happens. It’s the beginning of the end. Get the tissues, you’re gonna need them!
“(…) So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”