Five summer reads to get you thinking

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Stories for the night and some for the dayby Ben Loory

One word: flawless. Winner of the 2011 Nobbie Award for Best Book of the Year, Loory’s collection of stories is pure magic – from TVs talking to animals living in tiny apartments to a duck falling in love with a rock, honestly. , what’s not to like? The stripped-down prose is packed with such overwhelming depth and illuminating imagery that it will have you reconsidering your reality through the startling detail. “Stories for the Night and Some for the Day” shines in both its brevity and deep insight.

why we broke up” by Daniel Handler

They separate in this one. Handler’s young adult (YA) fiction is sad but hopeful – Lori and Doug are perfect for the world, but not perfect for each other. (Or are they?) This underrated gem of a book will make you smile, probably make you cry, and definitely make you think about things that aren’t said. But I must warn you, this is not your typical YA fiction. Handler’s stream-of-consciousness style and abundant use of figurative language add up beautifully to a complex plot, and its main characters are a masterclass example of character development. If you’re looking to define a dynamic character, this book will teach you what AP Literature didn’t. The author weaves a summer tale with a distinct intuition that flows as easily as a mocktail on the breath of summer.

Violet bent backwards on the grassby Lana Del Rey

Admit it, Lana Del Rey’s iconic song “Summertime Sadness” is the original sad girl summer anthem. And her collection of poetry, “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass”, will also immerse you in all the sensations. This unique and transcendent bliss of a book undoubtedly cast a unique spell on the rhyme, meter and rhythm of Del Rey’s world built from wet dreams, glamor and melancholy.

Del Rey writes: “But then I walked through the door / past the open concept / and saw Violet / leaning back on the grass / 7 year old with dandelions / clutched tightly in her hands / arched like a bridge in a fallen pear tree.” With ethereal word choice and dense imagery, this book has it all, showcasing the musician’s craft with words beyond lyrics.

I’m thinking of ending things” by Iain Reid

In this psychological tale, Jake and his girlfriend go on a trip to visit his parents at their rural farm. A blanket of snow distorts the world around them. The moon hangs so far above the sky that it seems almost unreachable…only to find out that it wasn’t accessible in the first place.

Yes, that’s what the book looks like – full of surprises. Iain Reid is not afraid to take risks and turn his work into something unapproachable that almost feels like an invasion of space, of privacy. I’ve never seen a writer make such a compelling plot and create such interesting characters to populate his quirky universe.

Reid knew why he made his book short and concise. His book had exactly the kind of effect he was hoping for: dark and unsettling in a weird way. Both psychological thriller and horror fiction, this book will take you on a journey. (Also, I suggest listening to the audiobook instead of reading the actual 224 pages in hardcover for the best storytelling experience!)

The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Lifeby Simran Jeet Singh

Earlier last month, Simran Jeet Singh addressed the 2022 Stanford graduates at the multi-faith bachelor’s celebration saying, “The world can sometimes seem dark and hopeless, but you each have the potential to light it up and to improve it.” In his captivating new read, his words carry a hopeful spirit, illuminating the pages with such light that for a moment it’s almost necessary for the reader to step back and process.

Part memoir and part spiritual journey, the author’s perspectives on religion and race are fascinating to explore. This book is about metamorphosis, the ever-present evolution of change itself, as seen through the testament of hope, service and faith – the values ​​that the Sikh religion holds.

This summer, immerse yourself in the world of talking sea animals, a breakup, a Californian dream, characters too cold to speak, and come to shore and breathe in the ever-transcendent light that will shine on you forever and fill you with aspiration. and hope.

Here are some book recommendations to keep your creativity going in the summer heat and to let you radiate that great brain energy. Reading is so cool – isn’t it?

Editor’s note: This article is a review and contains subjective opinions, reflections and criticisms.

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