I've never done one of these before, but I don't think its any real secret that I love to read, and the summer is the perfect time to knock some books off your to-read list. Today I wanted to share my own top summer reads, though you could read them any time of the year! I adore travel/non-fiction style books, especially in the summer, but these are all pretty easy reads! If you've read any of these or have any recommendations that you think I'd like, I'd love to hear from you in the comments!
by Elisabeth Eaves
I bought this book after coming home from my backpacking trip in Europe hoping that I could travel vicariously through Elisabeth. This book did not disappoint - it is an incredibly honest autobiography of a young woman's life as she chases her heart through many countries and continents. This one is great to take to the beach!
Walk in the Woods
by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is one of my absolute favourite travel writers (In a sunburnt country is another of my favourites by him). He has such a humorous way of writing about his misadventures that even the many things that go wrong in this book end up being hilarious. This is a retelling of his adventures hiking the Appalachian trail with no experience and questionable travel partners. I tore through this on my trip to Florida this past winter and loved it.
by Cheryl Strayed
Similar content to the previous book, this is about a young woman's experience hiking the appalachian trail alone. It's more than just a retelling of her adventures, though - you learn a lot about her life in an incredibly honest way. This is a little less comedic than 'walk in the woods', but I loved it and tore through it in just a few days all the same. I just love Cheryl's style of writing, and this book has many surprisingly sincere and funny moments.
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
I don't think any reading list this year is complete without this book. It is just such a beautiful book that really makes you want to get out and live your life, that it makes the perfect summer read. Unless you are excellent at holding back tears, I wouldn't bring this to the beach. If you've never heard of this book before, its about two teenagers who meet in cancer support group and is a very well written book.
Last Chance to See
by Douglas Adams
You may recognize the author on this one - Douglas Adams is of course the author of Hitchhickers guide to the galaxy. This book is about his travels as a writer on a trip to see some of the very last animals on earth. His unique and comedic way of writing is an excellent contrast to the subject matter, as he travels to see several very endangered species. There are, somehow, still some excellent laughs on the way. I don't know how he does it, but Douglas Adams is an excellent writer.
Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
If you ever read her blog, you may recognize Allie Brosh's comics. This is her book, which is essentially a collection of illustrated stories (from her blog as well as some new ones that have never been published before). She is an absolutely hilarious human, even if some of her subject matter is very, very real. I cried laughing several times reading this, and makes another excellent beach/cottage read.
If you read any of these, I'd love to know how you liked them! Let me know in the comments what your favourite summer reads are :)