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Okay, I know. I know this is late, but I was writing a book, so please forgive me. The book is now officially done and I hope it will be on lots of summer reading lists next summer. But yeah, I am just getting around to sharing all the great stuff I read this past summer while I was in California. Better late than never, right?
Here are my eight favorite books I read last summer in no particular order:
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck - two, very different brothers, both uniquely genius and hilarious set out to recreate the pioneers' journey cross country via covered wagon on the remains of The Oregon Trail. I learned, I was entertained, and I was fascinated.
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock - Full disclosure, Benjamin Johncock and I share a publisher and editor, but we couldn't be more different (he is a much better writer than me by far) and this fact did not in any way influence my opinion of this incredible novel. It's a beautifully written period piece about test pilots, the space race, family, marriage and tragedy.
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler - I was a little late to the party on this one. It didn't disappoint. It was funny, touching, brassy, indignant and filled with lessons I know I needed to learn.
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll - I really enjoyed this thriller. I don't want to spoil it, but if you liked Gone Girl, and Heathers and are fascinated by high school drama and stories about unlikable heroines, you'll be into this. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't more of a twist ending, but the strength of this book is that it isn't really about gimmicks.
You by Caroline Kepnes - Oh my God, this book. This was my favorite thriller of the summer by a mile. It scared the crap out of me and was so fresh, so different and so disturbing that I couldn't think about doing anything else until I was done. It needs to be a movie immediately. You liked Gone Girl and Girl on the Train and all that? Yeah. This one kicks all their asses. For real. Rumor has it a sequel is coming!!!!
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow - 30 something years of Judd Apatow's conversations with all the comedy greats all compiled in one book. A must read for writers for sure, but also for lovers of all things funny and deep. There is so much genius contained in these pages that I couldn't even believe it.
Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons - Charming, quirky and funny memoir by a body-positive activist (for lack of a better word). This book feels like hanging out with your best friend and I was honestly sad when it was over. Hurry up and write another book, Brittany!!!
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - Okay, I read this one in September, but I had to include it anyway. I adore Mindy Kaling with all my heart. She is honest and real and so damned sensible - I think she's the greatest role model for women and girls, and well, everyone. Mindy Kaling pretty much needs to rule the world. My only complaint was that this book was too short.
That's my list! I hope you find something on here that you enjoy too. Please leave some of your favorite recent reads for me in the comments section. I am compiling a post for the very near future of all reader recommendations!