My Summer Travel Reading List

AttachmentsWhether you’re traveling for  work or fun, reading can be a great way to spend your time in transit. These days the only time I have to read is during travel, so I’ve taken to foregoing the TV (even Property Brothers, my fave) and instead losing myself in a story. My reading list has been a bit eclectic for the last few months, and has mostly been dictated by my writer/book-loving sister. Here are a few of the things on my summer travel reading list.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. The hilarious and moving story of a woman’s history, and how it affects her daughter and others around her. While it took me a few chapters to understand the style, I loved this book. It was so clever, fun, intriguing, fascinating, and at the end, totally worth every second.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. If you don’t read The Bloggess, you should. This book, like the blog, is laugh-out-loud, tears running down your cheeks in the middle of an airplane, funny. My seatmates thought I was crazy because I laughed basically the entire flight from Phoenix to LAX. Jenny Lawson tells the story of her life, from growing up in west Texas with her taxidermy father, to moving to the big city, to ending  up in  the rural Hill Country near San Antonio, with a host of mental  illnesses, and a zest for life that is engaging and hysterical. I highly highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. The follow-up to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is just as funny, but goes deeper into what it’s like living with mental illness and why squeezing every bit of joy out of life is the only way to make it through the dark times. I loved this one too, but it’s definitely darker than its predecessor. But if you have a loved one with depression, or suffer from it yourself, many parts of this will feel very familiar, and hopefully leave you with a better understanding of the disease.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A different kind of hero, a different kind of love story. I really enjoyed the socially awkward hero pursuing the “perfect” partner, who doesn’t realize the love of his life is right under his nose. There is a sequel, The Rosie Effect, which is waiting in  my Kindle for my trip next week.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. So. Cute. The premise: the guy in charge of reading company emails  to make sure there are no HR violations falls in love with a fellow employee, who he has  never met, by reading her exchanges with a friend. The story takes place in 1999, and as someone who started college that year the references to Y2K and the corresponding freak-out took me back.  

Readers, what’s on your summer travel reading list?

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  1. I had read three of the five books you recommended, so downloaded Attachments and loved it! A quick, fun read — thanks for the tip! I’m now reading Longbourne, which is Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective. My daughter is a huge Austen fan and insisted I read it. So glad I wasn’t a servant in that era!

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