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Reader:

Kaitlyn M.

Book Challenge:

I would really appreciate your recommendation for some beach books.

The last book I read cover to cover was “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. It was so easy to get into the characters. I like when I can follow the story easily.

I read Chelsea Handler’s book “My Horizontal Life” and thought it was totally hysterical, but didn’t like any of her other ones. Then I tried to read “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James and only got to chapter six.

I also only got halfway through “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. I know my reading is a little all over the place but I’m trying to find what I like, I guess that’s why I need a little direction.

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I’ve really only ever enjoyed getting into a book when I’m on vacation and am relaxed. Although that could change with your help! It would be great to get your feed back on one or two books that would be fun and easy for the summer.

Match Book:

Thanks for writing, Kaitlyn. I don’t think that your reading taste is all over the place at all. I think you like “The Fault In Our Stars” and Chelsea Handler’s collection of essays about her one-night stands because you like books with a strong voice. I think that’s the main reason adults are flocking to books intended for young adults. Have you cracked Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor and Park”? It’s another sophisticated book about teen romance. Go for more funny women, too, with Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants” and Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”

Next give your face a break from all that laughing with a recent example of an intense debut novel written in the first person — “Love Me Back” by Merritt Tierce, published last year. If you find your attention wavering switch to short stories. Now is the time to read anything by Mary Gaitskill. Start with “Because They Wanted To” and move onto “Bad Behavior.” Gaitskill’s new novel, “The Mare,” will be published in early November.

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