Summer Reads

posted by Arielle -

Plane, train, bus, or car; no matter how you travel this summer there will eventually be a need to read something other than your social media news feed. 

I'm always up for a new good read but on vacations, I stick to the old tried and true. Let's be real most of the time between sightseeing and devouring the local cuisine you may not have much time to finish a new book. If you're up for suggestions here are my top 5.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


If you have had a conversation with me you've heard me quote this book. To sum it up, it's an inspirational philosophical fairy tale about following dreams. Will Smith once told Oprah reading the book changed his life and I can definitely see why! There is a possible Lawrence Fishburne movie adaptation of the book starring Idris Elba by the way.


2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Like science fantasy? This book is for you. Now it may be a little juvenile, it was on my 8th-grade summer reading list, but this is still a book I pick up pretty often because it made me fall in love with reading. It's weird and a little confusing, we're talking about a girl leading her brothers through time, space, and dimensions to save daddy (actual father not a zaddy).


3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


I had to read this book a few times because I didn't completely comprehend it the first time but when I got the point it was phenomenal! If you prefer artsy with this black Shakespearean feel you need this novel in your life! Plus there's this really dope line about girls from Mobile AL speaking and their accents sound like sugar, that's my favorite part.


4. Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillian

You saw the movie and own the soundtrack but have you read the book? If you answered no it's time to make it a yes. Each character is better developed so you get details about the girls that don't make the movie.


5. Sycamore Row by John Grisham

I'm not much of a Grisham fan, A Time to Kill was so disturbing (movie and book) I swore off his novels until I read Sycamore Row. It's a crime thriller, Attorney Jake Brigance is back and he's repping a dead guys estate that was pretty rich. May not sound like a good read but there are hella plot twist and an ending that will make your jaw drop. I mean LITERALLY I got to the end of the book like 


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