Summer Reading List 2020: Books I’ve Been Enjoying and How I Try to Read More

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Reading a whole lot has never been an issue for me. I’m a university student in a rigorous program, so there’s always something to read for a class. When it comes to summer, though, I find myself glued to my laptop screen watching trashy TV on repeat. So, to encourage myself to read more, I challenged myself to finish at least four books over the summer. Four is a small number, but it’s a great place to start. Especially if you find yourself putting your book down to answer a text. Here are my top four summer books, and how I managed to read them all.

To start off my summer, I figured I should begin with an author I was familiar with. If you’re anything like me, you love a good dramatic story with a twist. Hence, I started off by reading Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret. Moriarty is also the author of Big Little Lies, which was turned into an HBO show starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz as lead actresses. The show is a brilliant study into the lives of four women, and in a way The Husband’s Secret does the same. The book revolves around three women, whose lives interconnect through tragic and devastating events.

Starting off my reading with a book I was genuinely excited about gave me even more reason to get all the way to the end. Pick something that excites you. Additionally, pick something that you might relate to. As a young woman, I want to read more books about women and their inner worlds, and I have no regrets picking Moriarty!

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a student, so most of my emotions associated with reading aren’t the greatest. When I think of reading I usually think of how tedious and exhausting reading an academic article is. But the best part about reading for yourself, is how you make it a part of your routine. To read more, I tried to set some down time for myself where all I would do is read. For me, this was usually right after I slathered myself in moisturiser, and got in bed for a good night’s sleep.

Creating a comfortable environment for myself before bed, and almost as a part of my skin-care routine changed the way I thought about reading. My favourite book to read before bed was Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere. A short and wonderful book about relationships between mothers and daughters.

Another book I enjoyed was M Train by Patti Smith. The audiobook version won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. Audiobooks are another great way to “read” more. I usually listen to audiobooks on my commute, or while I do the dishes or cook. It makes me look forward to tasks I don’t always enjoy.

And finally, to read more, simply read less. This sounds counter-productive, I’ll word that better. If you find a book that you think you might like, but after a few pages you simply don’t think you’ll enjoy it, stop reading it! Really, put that book down, and find something else you might enjoy more. If you continue reading a book you don’t necessarily enjoy, you’ll find the process of reading tedious and reading really doesn't have to be tedious. Pass that book on to a friend, someone who might appreciate it more! Life’s too short to finish bad books!

About Harleen Osahan

Harleen Osahan is a student of Culture and Politics, with a passion for a good book and a facemask!