On family vacations when everyone is outside doing something active — hiking, walking the beach or even sightseeing — I can usually be found sitting inside, curled up with a book. This has happened so often that the phrase “…or you can sit inside and read like Emily” has been added to the end of every option list of activities.
Though I appreciate every book I read, I don’t recommend them all. I have been sailing through quite a few books lately and there are a handful that I can’t stop talking about and recommending to everyone I know. Here are my current favorite reads:
Armada: A Novel: From the author of another favorite of mine, Ready Player One: A Novel, this novel stays in the realm of gaming as simulations for real life when a teenage boy is recruited to fight aliens based on his ability to play video games.
China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel: She is not just rich, she is crazy rich. Over-the-top and excessive in every way.
The Underwriting: I first heard about this book from a SXSW panel last year. It was originally released as a serial on the writer’s website before being published as a full book. As my friend described it, it is “the Wolf of Wall Street meets The Social Network.”
We Were Liars: Four cousins and best friends spend every summer together. Then one day a tragedy happens and you will spend the rest of the book on the edge of your seat to learn what happened. Be prepared for a few tears.