By Alia Khan
Summer passed by so quickly and I can’t believe it’s already back to school! I hope everyone had a memorable summer and got to read some great books. I didn’t read as much as I usually would this summer. I was pretty busy with two jobs and I also moved to a new apartment too. BUT I thought I’d share some of my favourite reads from the last few months – comment below if you’ve read any of these, or what your favourite book of the summer was!
(The list isn’t in any particular order by the way, because if I tired to rank them it would take me way too long).
1. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
This one is different from the types I read typically and it’s got just a touch of science fiction. There are definitely a lot of fantastical elements but it’s definitely not your average planet hopping space adventure. It reads like the journal of the main character as she explains the adventures of the twelfth expedition through the mysterious landscape known only as Area X.
The book is definitely creepy. It’s not scary, but a lot it is made to make you feel uncomfortable. There are also a lot of great reveals throughout the book and I can honestly say that I could never predict where the story was going or even how it was going to end. It lays out facts that will happen later in the story, which could be considered spoilers in any normal scenario, but Annihilation is more about the journey and not the destination.
PS. If anyone’s watched the movie, the book and the movie are incredibly different but both great in their own way.
2. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy
This book was hilarious, I can’t even explain it. It’s a graphic novel and it’s basically a visual retelling of The Adventure Zone which is a podcast of a group of brothers and their dad playing through a Dungeons and Dragons Campaign. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes podcasts, D&D or general geekery (you can check out the McElroy shenanigans here).
As someone who plays in a couple of Dungeons and Dragons campaign, who’s also been listening to the McElroy’s for a few years, this was a great read. I read it in just a few hours and loved every second of it. It’s also super exclusive to Chapters, so you’ll have to go there if you’d like to pick up a copy!
3. Watership Down by Richard Adams
This book was on my TBR for the longest time and this summer I finally got a chance to read through it. This was another book where I was never really sure where the plot was going or what was going to happen. I loved this book for it’s diversity of characters, the stories within the story and its strange dystopian outlook on man-made things. And all of this in a story about rabbits! I wrote a full review for this awhile ago, if you’re looking for more info I’d give that a read 🙂
4. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
So I read this book back in March which miiiight be pushing the whole ‘summer reads’ thing a bit but I just seriously can’t recommend this book enough. It’s actually such a terrifying read and it’s one of those books that you can’t put down once you’ve started reading it. I also related so hard to the basic premise of the book (a bunch of employees working overnight at fake-IKEA) because that’s literally me. I have a part-time job at a retail store and last summer I also did overnights, so all his descriptions about work culture and customer service were so accurate, I felt personally attacked.
Also, his new book We Sold Our Souls is coming out soon!