5 unusual books to read this summer

Summer is already half over but fortunately there’s still more than enough time to read some fun light-hearted books. Or is it? This year I want to do something a little different and fulfill my sunny summer days with thinking and eye-opening experiences. If you want to join me, I recommend reading these 5 books that have some way affected my life with their interesting plots or heartbreaking stories.

So, relax in a hammock or sunbath on the beach and pick up one of these 5 books I think would be perfect summer reads this year. What are you waiting for? It’s always a good time to start reading something new and thought-provoking.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Lockhart has created perfect summer mystery full of lies, love, and clues to follow. I can’t say much about this book because it would give away the plot. Just read it, okay? And don’t believe anything because who are the liars and who is telling the truth? You can never know…

“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.”

E. Lockhart

One Child by Torey Hayden

If I had to list some of the books that have affected me during my teenage years, Torey Hayden’s real-life stories of her experiences as a child psychologist would be up there. I don’t think these books were meant for shy 12 years old girls but I used to love them and the magic hasn’t disappeared after returning to them now over ten years later. All her books are worthy of reading but One Child is the first one she wrote and so the one I will recommend.

One Child tells the story of Sheila who is violent mute girl beyond saving or so everyone seems to think. But then she meets her new teacher Torey Hayden and together they start the journey of recovery to find the intelligent kid behind Sheila’s mute protective shell. This beautiful story of trying to earn the trust of a broken child will leave you in tears.

“She looked up. “What I can’t figure out is why the good things always end.”

“Everything ends.”

“Not some things. Not the bad things. They never go away.”

“Yes, they do. If you let them, they go away. Not as fast as we’d like sometimes, but they end too.”

Torey Hayden

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild is a story of a woman lost in her own life leaving for a life-changing adventure to the wilderness of America. It’s also a true story from Cheryl Strayed’s own life and so even more interesting than it would be as a piece of fiction. You get to join the adventure of lost boots, almost giving up and discovering new sides of the life while Strayed walks through hiking trails meeting interesting people and scary animals.

After reading Wild, you just want to go and have your own adventure to discover the true you. I will swear to the name of this book because I happened to read it for the first time while being on my own life-changing trip.

“I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.”

Cheryl Strayed

Maestra by L. S. Hilton

Most people wouldn’t pick Maestra as their first choice when speaking about thought-provoking and eye-opening books. I have never been an ordinary reader so here we go. I can’t say too much about this book to not reveal the plot but like We Were Liars L. S. Hilton’s Maestra sucks you in the web of lies and clues to solve its mystery. You can’t stop reading before finally finding out the truth or at least that happened for me.

Shortly: Maestra is a story of sex, money, and power. Normal art director girl finds out something that she wasn’t meant to know resulting in a long line of coincidences and unfortunate events. She’s scared and she’s lost but at the same time she won’t give up even in front of men more powerful than she could ever dream of being.

“Sometimes, just sometimes, if you close your eyes and wish really hard, life can be just like a movie.”

L. S. Hilton

Old Friend From Far Away by Natalie Goldberg

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir is a book from one of the world’s most admired writing teachers, Natalie Goldberg. Now you may be thinking why would I recommend a memoir writing guidebook for you (I’m 24 so not really in that write your own life story age). The truth is that after reading this book and doing its exercises I was startled. Goldberg digs out memories you didn’t even know you had.

This memoir writing book isn’t just for people who want to write their own life story. I would recommend Old Friend From Far Away for anyone to read this summer because it’s just unbelievable to see what kind of hidden memories you can find from your own mind. I don’t care if you are the worst writer ever. Following the ideas of Goldberg will open your eyes to a new world you didn’t even know exists.

“It is our hope that writing releases us. Instead maybe it deepens the echo. We call out to our past and the call comes back. We are alone–and not alone.”

Natalie Goldberg

What kind of books do you want to read this summer? Or have you read any of the books I recommended? All comments are more than welcome!