Well, these books couldn't be any more different, could they? You should see the stack of books on my bedside table. I can't find a single thing in common with any of them.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson made me laugh until I was crying. It's hard for me to separate this book and her writing from her blog The Bloggess, which is one of my very favorites, so I can't tell you how I would feel about it if I wasn't already a fan of her work. You either share her odd sense of humor or you don't.
One of the things I admire about her blog is that you sort of have to read her regularly to get the joke. She doesn't really explain all of the blog's inside jokes, so you have to follow along for awhile to appreciate it. Her memoir, however, does stand alone as a narrative. As a fan, I really liked reading some of the original back story to things she alludes to on the blog, and seeing a (somewhat shocking) glimpse into her childhood.
I recommend Let's Pretend This Never Happened for people who like memoirs and who want something a little fun and quirky (but not without depth) for vacation reading.
I picked up Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates because it was on the shelf at our lake house and I remember loving the 2008 movie of the same name starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. While very well written, and fascinating at its core, this novel is, in a word, depressing. A thirty-something couple with two kids who live in the suburbs and think they're better than everyone else? Let's just say one might see themselves or their friends in this story, in the most unflattering way.
I think I would have been more surprised by it, or terribly depressed by it, had I not seen the movie first. It altered it for me that I kept picturing Kate and Leo as April and Frank Wheeler.
What are you reading this summer?