3 Books You Can Read in a Week ( Or Less)
I love to read. If you ever saw me walking down the street, I'd probably have a book in my hands, peeking out the corners of my eyes for cars, while maintaining a steady pace. I reignited my love for books after becoming tired of staring at my phone screen every morning on the train. Things would either take forever to load because I'd used all my data or nothing was engaging enough and I don't like to be over stimulated in the morning with music. My espresso is enough of a stimulant alone.
However, I can understand not everyone is as crazy about reading as I am, especially with the summer just beginning the last thing any post grad or returning student wants to do is read. I've learned finding the right book is hard especially when you're not a big reader, and even harder when you don't know what would interest you. To help ease the search, I've created a list of three easy books anyone could read in a week, from mystery crime to light hearted.
1. An Object of Beauty - Steve Martin
If you are looking for a juicy, incredibly well-written story, I highly recommend this book. Steven Martin knows how to tell a story, and not just tell it, but create the entire scene in your mind. Sometimes, I felt like I was reading a script and if this was turned into a movie, I'd be shocked if it wasn't a box office hit. It took me only five days to devour Martin's story about a young woman making a reputation for herself in the dog-eat-dog art world. Lacey, a young art historian, starts her fast-paced career at Sotheby's, establishing her high ambitions at the very beginning of the novel. You watch her take risks, with unfaltering confidence, and sometimes feel envious of this fictional character's entire being. Throughout the entire read, you're constantly wondering what trouble she's getting herself into - and how she'll get out. Her independence and intimidating personality, accompanied by questionable decisions, leave you wondering if you love her or hate her.
2. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
I was skeptical when I first started this book. I thought it was a little too wanna-be Harry Potter for me, and I won't lie, I had to start it over before I really got into it. But after pushing through the first fifty pages, it became more and more interesting. The book is, you guessed, about a 24-hour bookstore but it's different because no one ever goes to purchase books. The store is like a speak-easy for a group of secret scholars all trying to crack a seemingly unbreakable code from ancient books written in code. Sounds Harry Potter-ish right? Just a little? However, Clay Jannon, the main character and narrator, is a millennial who lost his job during the recession and wants to help improve the store's clientele. He begins incorporating technology in the most innocent ways, from creating a Facebook page to a Google ad, in order to increase sales and awareness. As he does this, he discovers more and more about the store's secret book society that ends up taking him all the way to New York City to unveil the full truth of what these scholars are really trying to crack.
3. The Forgotten Girls - Sara Blaedel
When I say I could not put this down, I mean I could not put this down. I've never read a novel so enthralling that I would rather have taken a personal day from work to read this book for fun than to get paid. It was that amazing. Louise Rick, the main character, is an investigator specializing in missing persons. Imagine Law & Order: SVU but in Denmark. The novel begins with the investigation of a dead woman found in the forest with distinctive physical characteristics that should make her immediately recognizable in the police database. However, she's never been registered and no one can find her family, leading to Louise releasing her photo to the public in hopes of closing the case. Quickly, someone is able to identify the woman, but only for Louise to discover there's much more to this mystery woman than just her peculiar face scar. If you loved X-Files, Law & Order, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or any kind of criminal mystery genre, definitely read this book. I imagine, like me, you won't be able to put it down.