Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
I loved the documentaries by the same name, so it was fun to read about Ewan and Charley’s motorcycle travel adventures from their perspective. Although it covers the same ground as the films, there were some fun extra scenes and interior thoughts. These books only confirmed that 1) yes, I do love Ewan McGregor very, very much, and 2) it would be amazingly fun to travel across Asia or Africa with a best friend and film crew.
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
A memoir of a life so incredible (and sad) that it confirms the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction,” I loved this book despite being largely unfamiliar with Cumming’s work. He’s a fantastic writer, and he tells an intentionally small story surrounding a month of his life in which massive family mysteries were brought to light. A great read for fans of his or not, because you probably will be by the end.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
I really loved the beginning of Don Quixote with the descriptions of our protagonist going mad from reading too many books and inserting himself into a fantasy world of his own making. It was uncomfortably delightful to read of the misadventures in which he makes things worse by trying to be chivalrous, and after 150 pages I was a bit tired. Are all 1,000 pages more of the same, or does a plot develop? Help me out and let me know if I’m missing out by stopping early.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
I devoured this book! It is a story in reverse, starting with a girl hiding out in a Mexican resort, gradually taking steps back in time to reveal what she did to necessitate escaping from the law. It is a really fun mystery (what did she do rather than who did it), and I just feel so blessed to be living in an age in which fictional teenage girls can be murderous psychopaths.
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
This book is about a middle-aged woman exploring her sexuality, and I was super impressed by how…nice it is? What I mean is, a bunch of people do a bunch of things, some questionable, some lovely, some awful, and these actions are always separated from the value of these characters. Mrs. Fletcher might think or do things that make herself (and us) cringe, but we’re never meant to think that she’s a bad person because of them. Lots of gender and sexuality stuff too! This book was literally made for me.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Despite a very direct title, reading this book is like watching Titanic thinking, “I hope they avoid the iceberg this time!” Because they do die at the end. And it sucks, because we’ve just spent a novel getting to know our two protagonists. But the story is worth it, both because it’s an uplifting “if you knew this were your last day, how would that change the way you live your life?” query, and because it’s a cool sci-fi think piece on how society would change if people were notified of their death on their last day. Not a fun book, but a very good one.
Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
It’s another romance/travel memoir, though this very much leans into individual growth more than romantic love. I wasn’t surprised to discover the pair split after this book, because I was honestly surprised they lasted throughout their two years sailing around the South Pacific. Not that that’s a bad thing! Torre and Ivan are a great example of why dating someone very different from you is a great way to push you beyond your comfort zone into new experiences…just don’t expect a happily-ever-after at the end of it. Still, my main takeaway was: I want to go sailing around the South Pacific, NOW.
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Written incredibly well in only emails and texts, this is a book about two college freshmen staying friends despite a long distance separation, exploring their sexuality with varying levels of success, and figuring out what they want to do with their lives. It’s surprisingly deep for also being very witty and compulsively readable.