We’re officially past the middle of July, so I can’t exactly call this a summer read post. But as an avid reader, I can never get enough book recommendations from my people.
Below are a few of my favorite brain candy bites I’ve enjoyed over the past year. You should be able to find any of them at your local library, or (separate from the graphic novels) they are all available via Audible as audio books.
Let’s start with my recent favorite graphic novels (a hugely underrated genre, if you ask me. You can read more about why I especially love nonfiction graphic novels here).
- Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas (Jim Ottaviani): I walked away from this book with not only a new appreciation for these amazing women of science, but also an even deeper love for great ape research and preservation. Such a quick read, but definitely worth picking up! (Ottaviani’s rendition of The Imitation Game is also just stunning.)
- An Age of License (Lucy Knisley): Knisley has paved the way in unswerving personal life reflections in comic form. She is most known for Relish, her love letter to food in her life, but this travelogue is a beautiful love letter to the in-between of being an early adult and trying to figure out where we belong in this world.
As a former high school English teacher, I have special place in my heart for young adult literature. Arguably some of the best writers of our time are writing for teens these days, and the older I get, the more I enjoy sinking into certain books from this genre.
- Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy (Rick Riordan): Riordan is a comic genius, hands down. His ability to revitalize Greek mythology and connect it to the 21st century world is priceless. This latest series of his works as a sequel to his original Percy Jackson magic in which the god Apollo has lost his immortality as a punishment from Zeus. Plus, this second book in the series is completely based in Indianapolis, IN!
- All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven): Another beautiful book based in Indiana! I first heard about this book through the Zoella Book Club (this girl has AMAZING taste in books!), and I walked away from it both heart-broken and inspired. This novel speaks to the unseen beauty of the everyday and challenges every one of its readers to go looking for unexpected adventures.
And finally, two adult fiction pieces that are definitely worth the read…
- Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (Susan Elia MacNeal): This is part of the Maggie Hope series I discovered through Audible. Light-hearted mysteries (like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich) have always been one of my favorite easy reads, and MacNeal delivers a book full of enjoyable characters over the backdrop of World War II England. Expect cameos by Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, and the Roosevelt family!
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan): This novel is one part intrigue, one part love letter to quirky indie bookstores. But more than anything, I enjoyed this book for its conversation about the future of books in the age of the computer.
What about you guys? What have you enjoyed reading so far this year? I look forward to your recommendations!