With classes starting back up again in a week and a half, I’m starting to feel the pressure to read as much as I can for “fun” before all hell breaks loose and I’m juggling reading assignments for five different classes. While marking up a manuscript for my internship, I am also reading three books on my own, one from the library, one purchased, and one sent to me from the publisher.
Right now, I’m hoping to squeeze in Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston before it needs to be returned to the library! Lately I’ve really been in the mood for some cheery, lighthearted contemporary fiction and Red, White & Royal Blue could not come more highly recommended to me. (Side note: a customer at the bookstore was looking for an adult guy-guy romance, and I recommended this one to her before even reading it… it was about that time I realized I needed to pick it up myself!)
I am also slowly but surely making my way through Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third of four, is next up. It’s a continuation of Elena and Lila’s Story from young adulthood to middle age, and given how the last book ended, I am desperate to keep reading! I identify with Elena so much it’s frightening, and Ferrante does a great job of sucking her reader directly into the events of her books. I am absolutely hooked.
Last on my currently reading pile is The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames. Ames’ debut novel was kindly sent to me by the lovely folks over at Penguin Viking (thank you!!). It is three of my favorite things in one: a coming-of-age story and a campus novel following four friends over a period of time, so, basically, it was written just for me! I have high hopes for The Other’s Gold, out August 27 from your local bookseller.
What are you currently reading?