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Summer Reading

It’s that time of year again… SUMMER!  I can’t believe June is almost over already but technically, summer only started a few days ago.  I just ran across Amazon’s summer reading recommendations for this year.  On the first list, I thought it was kind of weird that cookbooks were on a “reading list”, but whatever.  You can drill down the recommendations by genre so you can take a look and see if there is anything that really interests you.  A few books that I’ve already read are listed in the Literature and Fiction section like “Room“, “The Help” (never blogged about that one yet, sorry, but it’s amazing, so please go read it), “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet“, “Shanghai Girls” (also didn’t blog about that one but it’s also very good), “Heart of the Matter“…. and that’s just in the top 27 in that category.

I’ve preordered a few books for my Kindle that should be out soon:

  • Silver Girl” by Elin Hilderbrand (this one actually just came out on June 21 and I didn’t even realize it but it should be in my Kindle library waiting to be read!)
  • Then Came You” by Jennifer Weiner (out July 12)
  • Escape” by Barbara Delinsky (also out July 12)

I wonder if I’m missing any other new summer releases by my favorite authors.  Are there any books that you’re looking forward to reading this summer, whether they’re new or have been out for awhile?  I would love to hear your recommendations!

Happy summer reading and make sure you’re stocked up (with books, but also sunblock, water, etc) before you hit the beach or pool!

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

I can’t remember how I ran across this book several months back.  It didn’t really seem like something I’d normally read, so maybe that’s why I decided to give it a go.

Super Sad True Love Story” is about the future… sometime in the future.  In fact, I read in an article (wish I would have saved the link – no clue where I saw it) that the author said that it could be as soon as “next Tuesday”.  Lenny Abramov is a New Yorker with Russian immigrant parents who works for an Indefinite Life Extension Company, basically a company that helps people live forever.  Lenny is middle aged, which puts him at a disadvantage to his young, healthy, and popular coworkers.  Lenny hasn’t had luck in love until he meets a young Korean-American woman named Eunice, who would be the last person on Earth that you’d imagine would want someone like Lenny.  At first, she wants nothing to do with him, but she eventually comes around and is open to the companionship, although she never quite puts herself as fully into the relationship as Lenny does.  He practically worships her and is terrified to lose her.

Being that this story is taking place in the future, you can get a glimpse of what our future may possibly be like.  America is in financial ruin and China rules the world.  Every person has an electronic device they wear around their neck called an “apparat” that connects them to EVERYTHING (is this where we’re going with smartphones?).  If you dare to break the rules or speak against the leaders, you would be in some trouble.  All this is happening around the little bubble of life that Lenny has created around himself and Eunice.  Lenny tries to be hip and young, although he still hangs on to his old-fashioned things such as books and his diary.  Then stuff starts REALLY going bad.

I haven’t read any of Gary Shteyngart’s other books, but I guess he’s known for his satirical writing style.  As I said before, this probably wouldn’t have been something I would have normally picked up, but I found the story really interesting.  It took me awhile to get through, but I was always wanting to know what would happen next in Future New York.  It wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny, but it was somewhat humorous in places.  I found myself feeling bad for Lenny and annoyed at Eunice (for acting so immature and mean sometimes).  Frankly, I hope our future doesn’t turn into this.  It was very Big Brother-ish, and the girls pranced around in various styles of see-through jeans.  Yeah… I’d rather not.

Has anyone else read this or anything else by Shteyngart?  What did you think?   Are there any other similar authors out there that you’d recommend?

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