Even though there’s still another month before spring officially transitions into summer, today I figured now was a good a time as any to wrap up what I read this spring. With classes finished, graduation looming, and my summer plans falling into place, I’m definitely sliding into that “summer mentality.” One thing I’m hoping to do more of in the coming weeks? R-E-A-D! As you’ll see below, I only finished about seven books since February…nothing to be ashamed of, but still fewer than I would have liked! With that said, my slow pace didn’t stop me from really enjoying what I did get through. For titles and mini-reviews, keep scrolling.
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:: 7,300 days by Isabella Mente
This collection of poetry by up-and-coming creative Isabella Mente touches on heavy hitting topics- family crises, adolescence, first relationships- with a moving gentleness and transparency. If you liked milk + honey, 7,300 days is right up your alley.
:: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Regardless of your familiarity with Shakespeare’s plays, I’m guessing the title above at least rings a bell. Without giving away the plot, I will say that Hamlet is a pretty easy, engaging read as far as Shakespeare’s go. If you interested in meeting the Bard, I’d suggest you start here.
:: Almost Adulting by Arden Rose
A playful debut from YouTuber Arden Rose, Almost Adulting is filled with anecdotes and lessons from her childhood and, yes, adulthood. As someone who watches Arden’s videos, it was interesting to experience her unique voice in a different medium. In the future, I’d love to see her flesh out some of the experiences she touches on briefly here in a more developed memoir/collection.
:: The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’s Antigone by Seamus Heaney
Another play, this time a stage adaption of Classical storyteller Sophocles’s Antigone. I was a bit underwhelmed by the work as a whole, but wouldn’t shy away from revisiting other translations in the future.
:: The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I mentioned The Gene in my last favorites round-up, and for good reason. I’ve read a lot of non-fiction in my life, and have never encountered an author who toes that line between scholarship and reader appeal as well as Mukherjee. In his hands, the history of genetics became a page-turning saga that I couldn’t put down. If you’re in the mood for a deep dive into a fascinating subject, but don’t know where to begin, The Gene is the one for you.
:: There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters by Claire Berlinski
Another non-fiction tome, this time unfortunately not as engaging as the above. Alas, while I wasn’t head-over-heels with this book’s format (a compliation of interviews, transcripts, and the author’s commentary), Tatcher is such an interesting character that I nonetheless enjoyed the read.
:: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Hands. Down. The best book I’ve read this year. Seriously, ever since I finished this 500-page story of a teenage Nigerian couple whose futures follow diverging paths- I’ve been at a loss for what to do with myself. I don’t know why it took me so long to dive into Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s fiction, but I’m officially hooked. Have any of you read her other titles? I’d love to now where I should turn next!
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What did you read this spring? Better yet, what’re you planning to read this summer? On my nightstand right now is Walking with the Muses by Pat Cleveland, a collection of short stories by Flannery O’Connor, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!