June Quick Lit: Post-Graduate Reading

Unlike many of my peers, I always found the time to read throughout college. But I still looked forward to summers, when I could read a book a week, instead of a book a semester. Now that I’ve graduated and started working, I’m pleased to discover that I actually have more time to read for fun–presumably because I no longer have to read biology textbooks and treatises on economics written in the 1600s. I got a library card in my new county two weeks ago; it’s purple, because you get to pick the color here! (My 2-year-old niece approved of my choice.) I’ve only read 1.5 books in that time, but I would recommend them both, especially the one that is the 0.5. It’s been a while since my last Quick Lit, but I’m happy to be linking up with The Modern Mrs. Darcy and a bunch of other great blogs today!

Quick Lit

  1. Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships, by Dr. Sue Johnson — Nonfiction books have really been my favorite genre lately, but the library I went to had a sadly small selection of them. Still, I was satisfied with this book, which caught my ~neuroscience nerd~ attention. The book basically alternates between more academic and scientific discussions of how romantic love is an attachment bond (just like the bond between mother and child) and scenes from Dr. Johnson’s counseling sessions with couples. Pretty sure my boyfriend was mildly alarmed the entire time I was reading this book; he definitely thought I was either unhappy with our relationship or about to bully him into proposing (and I’m not sure which possibility he found more concerning…).
  2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie¬†— So book #2 (or technically #1.5) on my list might not be an original book suggestion, what with the bazillion awards it got and the fact that your book club probably read it 2 years ago, but dear readers,¬†this book is fantastic.¬†The narrators’ voices, the perspectives on race and ethnicity, the moments where you realize what a strange (and fairly messed up) place America is–it’s all brilliantly done. Adichie’s writing is the kind that makes you not even notice the writing, not because it’s bad or boring or plain, but because it’s so perfectly done that it’s hard to believe that it was produced by a human. Seriously, just read this book.

Anyone have suggestions on what I should read next with all my new-found reading time and energy?


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