Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Read Recommendations

Summer is probably one of the best seasons to read because it is the point in my life when I have no over-bearing school work or strenuous duties left on my list. All such brain numbing work is left at the beginning of May and doesn't really come around till September. So, I am left, relaxed and at peace with a great summer read by my side and the nice summer breeze.

But what constitutes as a "summer read", you make ask.

Generally, they are novels that are quite light, short in length but not short in entertainment. Here are a few of my summer read recommendations for you fellow book lovers. 

Life of Pi is one of the first novels I read that rekindled my love for reading. It's a tale about an Indian boy named Pi Patel who ends up being stranded on a boat with a hyena, zebra, orang-utan and tiger. Pi continues to survive on the boat with the crew of dangerous animals until slowly lack of food and water drives his mind into insanity. This novel has an interesting twist at the end which took me by surprise. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (a rather long title) is a novel about an autistic boy who goes on search for the killer of his neighbour's dead dog. This novel really captured my heart in many ways and is light and quick enough for anyone to read in just a few days. 

The Art of Racing in the Rain is definitely one of my favourites of the year. Told in the perspective of a dog who thinks he is human, helps his owner conquer rather difficult obstacles by never leaving his side. This intensely loveable book made me very sad to see the end. If I was to recommend only one out the four, it would be this one. 

Lamb is probably one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. This Christopher Moore novel is told by Biff, Christ's best childhood pal, and goes through the early days of Jesus' life (the gap that is left in the bible). This book had me laughing out loud, so much so that I went out and purchased four of his other novels. These types of humorous fiction really make an impact after you've read a more serious or sad novel prior to it. It's great to lighten up your mood and give you the giggles when you're a little tired of being sad. 

I hope a few of these novels have inspired you to go and pick them up. Do tell me which ones you have picked up or read. 

Speaking of novels, Kate Spade came out with this TO DIE FOR collection of clutches designed around famous novels! Please tell me you think these are awesome and adorable and epic and every book nerd's dream accessory! Kate even has one for Lolita, one of my all time favourite classics!



Please excuse me while I squeal excessively at the screen and hyperventilate into a paper bag. 

Definitely need to put these on my wish-list or set aside a penny jar. At $325 dollars, it's a little expensive but so worth the price. I mean common, how can you resist this? I can't!