Looking for poolside page-turners you can dive into? Below are some unusual coolers! Getting lost in the Antartica, dancing Pandas, and rubber duckies crossing the Arctic.
You’re just gonna need a comfy love seat, a jug of cold cocoa drink, and a weird amount of feels. No sunscreen required!
It can’t be easy seeing things, but Sophie Sophia is used to it. One instant she is walking home from school, the other minute she’s marching with a bunch of talking, dancing pandas. While the author explores the themes of mental health and indifference, her sense of humor softens even the most tragic events. In this book, Sophie’s “episodes” (as in visions of marching bears or wallpaper coming to life) combine madcap elements such as 80s music, physics, and all sorts of love and friendship (a girl guided by her giant shaman panda, come on!). It’ll also guide you through that awful alienation of being the odd girl at school and making it through each day with the help of a few imaginary friends. This novel will change the way you think about sanity!
“Realize you have awesome people around you who want to love you. Let them. Show them you love them back. Do the forgiveness thing. If necessary-and it almost always is- do the forgiveness thing on yourself.”
Bernadette Fox, a modern-day wife and mother, goes missing. After her disappearance, her daughter Bee, strung together a paper trail of emails and other correspondence to find out where her mother is and why the need to. Written as a parody of first-world life, the novel plays with anxiety, loss of bearings, and total dissatisfaction to society for laughs. On a deeper sense, the book will infect you with heart sniffles, through its plethora of dialogues and scenes about the pressures of contemporary family and society. However, the most appealing thing about the story is its modern and heart-warming take on the modern mother-daughter relationship. It’s the perfect book for pretending you’re in Antarctica, while also reading a smart YA novel. Think of it as double protection from the sun!
“This is why you must love life: one day you’re offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia; two weeks later you’re using the word calve as a verb.”
This book is a memoir, featuring Amy Poehler’s vignettes from her childhood and early career, testimonials from her parents, chapters about her step up to fame, and a frank take on her history of recreational drug use. Most of her entries are self-deprecatory, but surprisingly, they always have empowering lessons to impart! You’ll also notice how often she credits other people for the milestones in her life and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information about her. You could stop and marvel at how effective she is in trying to be funny and fundamentally decent at the same time, but you would have to stop giggling first.
“I asked the indefatigable Betty White what she was going to do when she got home. She told me she was going to fix herself a “vodka on the rocks and eat a cold hot dog.” In one sentence, she proved my theory and made me excited for my future.”
This non-fiction book traces the fate of a shipping container full rubber duckies which went overboard in the Pacific in 1992. This book’s plot is enough to make you stare at the sea and marvel! I love the fact that it’s a book about these little plastic bath toys (the cute ones that float in children’s bathtubs all over the world), crossing the Arctic, going cheerfully where explorers had gone disastrously before.
“But questions, I’ve learned, can be like ocean currents. Wade in a little too far and they can carry you away. Follow one line of inquiry and it will lead you to another, and another. Spot a yellow duck dropped atop the seaweed at the tide line, ask yourself where it came from, and the next thing you know you’re way out at sea, no land in sight, dog-paddling around in mysteries four miles deep. You’re wondering when and why yellow ducks became icons of childhood. You want to know what it’s like inside the toy factories of Guangdong. You’re marveling at the scale of humanity’s impact on this terraqueous globe and at the oceanic magnitude of your own ignorance. You’re giving the plight of the Laysan albatross many moments of thought.”
Bianca proved to be more than just that pretty morena face. In ‘Paano Ba To?,’ she answers your mind-boggling questions on family and friendships, career, love, fashion, and purpose. She talks to the readers with the humor, wisdom, and honesty of an Ate. I like that that she made it clear early on that she does not have the answers to every question and thus, invited experts and celebrity columnists chime in on various topics— Ramon Bautista talked about that awkwardness of having a crush at school, Iza Calzado shared her journey into loving herself, Atom Araullo discovering what he wants to do in his life, etc. I wish One Mega Group published this book sooner. It could have been really handy in my tween years.
“Malayong malayo sa perfect ang buhay ko. But it’s true, when you have a thankful and grateful heart, life, no matter how imperfect, becomes so wonderful.”
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