Top 3: Summer Fiction Reads

I made it my goal to read a smattering of novels before diving back into the theological tomes now resting on my bookshelf (thanks, Amazon...). Here are three of my favorites. 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A timely read, considering the recent attention to race relations in the United States, and a beautiful one. Following the story of a Nigerian women who emigrates to the U.S. and learns what it means to be "black" once she arrives, the cultural insights are powerful. Her observations are on point, and challenge my conceptions about my own white privilege and how I relate to others. 

One More Thing by BJ Novak. I would not have expected Ryan from the TV show "The Office" to write such a creative and engaging collection of short stories. But thinking about the smart dialogue of the show, I should not have been surprised. I loved that stories ranged from one paragraph to twenty some pages. Each story had a least one line that hit the nail on some corner of reality or made me think, "I've never noticed that but it is so true." 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria SempleThis had been recommended by trusted friends as an easy but smart read. When I decided to fit in one more book before school started, I picked this up...and then didn't set it down for three days. Semple's writing is full of wit and satire, as one reads through the correspondence of varying characters to determine what happened when the main character disappears right before a family trip to Antarctica. (Bonus: Semple was a writer for Arrested Development. So if that doesn't sell you...)

Up next for me... The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

What were your favorite recent reads? What is next on your list?