June Reads

June Reads - A Detailed Palette

Just wanted to share a few of the books that I am currently making my way through:

Nobody's Baby Now by Carol Lea Benjamin

I've actually read this book before, many times, since it's one of my absolute favorites. I think I first read it when I was 15, the same age as the protagonist, Olivia Singer. I think this was one of those books that I read at precisely the right time. As an adult, I love the book even more - while technically, it fits into the Young Adult genre, I think it was written before the genre was so predictable, overdone, and distopian. It is easily the best young adult book I have ever read, and it is sadly one that no one else seems to know.

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A classic that I am currently in the middle of. While it took me some time to adjust to Hawthorne's writing, as it always does, I personally find this book to be way better than the more famous The Scarlet Letter.  Maybe it's because I don't feel like this book is nearly as preachy so it's therefore, so far, more enjoyable. 

The Martian by Andy Weir 

I am just about to start this, as it is the July selection for my book club. I've heard incredible things about it, and I am really glad that I'll get a chance to read the book before I see the movie. I always prefer to do that whenever possible. Seeing as this book was originally self-published and then picked up by a bigger publishing company a few years later, I am really confident that this book will be really, really good.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

This book was recommended by my friend Nicole, and while I am still waiting for it to arrive at the library, I am really intrigued to read this one. It is a fictionalized account of Franklin's lost expedition in the Arctic. I actually remember talking about this expedition, and all of the mysteriousness surrounding it, in my high school history class. I absolutely love historical fiction so I can't wait to see where this one goes with a famously lost expedition.

Reading anything good these days? Please share!

Have a great Monday!

-xo, Rachel