Summer reads.

Last summer, on Venice Beach.

Last summer, on Venice Beach.

It's been such a busy summer, and I can't believe it's basically over! Grad classes begin today, and planning for (HS) Freshman Orientation begins Thursday. Yikes. So, let's ignore our responsibilities for a while and talk books!

I got pretty luck with my reads this summer. :)

I got pretty luck with my reads this summer. :)

The Girl on the Train - OMG. I gasp a little every time I see someone with this book and wonder what part they're on so that I can walk up to them and talk about it. I finished the book in one plane ride back to CA and my only regret is that I finished it in one plane ride to CA. It was that captivating. Think Gone Girl, but with a more relate-able female protagonist. It's the perfect summer book.

The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan is very good at capturing the mother-daughter relationship, particularly from the Chinese perspective. She does it again in this book, and though it isn't my favorite Amy Tan novel (Joy Luck Club and A Hundred Secret Senses will always hold special places in my heart), it was still a page turner. I found myself choosing the book most nights over a TV show on Netflix or Hulu (which says a lot because I really like TV).

All the Light We Cannot See - This was our first book club read, and we all agreed it was fantastic. I mean the title itself sounds so cool. It was even more fun talking about the book with friends after, discussing our favorite parts and deciphering what certain things meant (like the title!).

Did you read any good books this summer? Comment below!

- Winnie.