Summer has finally arrived, and truly hit. With weather feeling like it’s in the 40’s, storms, and sun – the season is in full swing. While we here at WPL are getting out and enjoying the sunshine, we’re avoiding a summer reading rut by exploring some great titles. I for one went back to one of my favourite books of all time this month. (It’s possible you may have even walked by me as I sat and read with an iced tea.) Despite the heat, we’re reading away and ready to share. If you’re looking for a great read, check out some of our recent likes:
Sometimes during the hot summer months, it’s just nice to relax and contemplate (the meaning of) the meaning of life. As well as, I suppose, our place in a very bizarre universe. While it wasn’t the first time I’ve read this book, it remains one of my favourites and a work that I can pick up time and time again.
For Arthur Dent, having his home demolished was one thing. To have his planet destroyed? Well, it was a touch over the top. This literary classic remains one of the most thought provoking and humorous science fiction tales ever written. I would particularly recommend this to fans of Doctor Who and dry British humour. With excellent advice for life such don’t panic, and always carry a towel, this is one of those books that manages to tell a great story while hilariously exploiting the foibles in human society.
I just love David Sedaris. This book made me laugh out loud more than once. I typically listen to Sedaris’ books and enjoy his delivery almost as much as his writing and this one was no exception. I highly recommend audiobook versions of Sedaris’ works although, be warned, you may be caught laughing out loud while driving. Sedaris’ writing is always witty and is often painfully honest, if fictionalized, with explorations of some of the most mundane and personal things imaginable and sharing family stories that manage to be simultaneously warm, hilarious, and humiliating for all involved. This book’s a great beach read and a the short story format makes in a nice choice for those who can’t spend much time reading.
This summer I’m working my way back through the Harry Potter series, only this time around I’m listening to the audiobooks. Jim Dale narrates all seven books, and certainly does not disappoint. He has won countless awards for his work in this series, including two Grammys. For one of the books he actually created 134 unique character voices! These books are magical, action packed, and family friendly; perfect companion for your next road trip.
This YA novel about a teenager with bovine spongiform encephalitis (i.e., “mad cow disease”) is not your typical portrayal of a high school student bravely fighting a life-threatening illness. Instead, it portrays an odyssey Cameron takes to Disneyworld, with a dwarf who’s obsessed with death, in search of answers. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed “The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy” trilogy.
I have a 13 year old niece whose reading list ‘occasionally’ intersects with my own- really, can you blame me when there are such great selections for Young Adult (YA) fiction right now? She recently lent me the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and it took me all of two weeks to finish the trilogy and prequel novel (respectively, Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and Kill Order).
Let me just say that I’m not very widely read in YA- I’ve read the major popular series’ that have all been turned into movies and a few stand alone fantasy novels. What is different about the Maze Runner series is that the main characters do not have any memory of their previous lives before the ‘maze’. At the beginning of book one, Thomas wakes up in a moving elevator with no idea of where he is going. When the elevator stops, it is opened up by a gang of teenage boys who have had the same experience. They now are living in the maze, all contributing to the group’s survival while also trying to figure a way out. There are a few other ways in which this trilogy differs from other YA series, but I would be giving away spoilers if I went into them! All I will say is that if you are a fan of dystopia fiction, give this series a shot. I would also highly recommend reading the prequel novel (Kill Order), which Dashner wrote after the trilogy had been released.
As always, thanks for checking out what we’ve been up to. Stay cool and keep reading!