I don't know what it is, but lately I've been on a memoir kick. (see this, this, this and this). Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala took me a mere two days to read this book, that's how good it is.
In 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family—parents, husband, sons—were swept away by a tsunami. Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath.
I have to admit that I picked up Still Alice out of my love for Julianne Moore (they made this into a movie). But you all know how much I love books on mental illness.
Alice Howland is an accomplished Harvard professor and a world-renowned expert in linguistics when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At 50 years old her life is turned upside down as she learns to live with this diagnosis that makes her increasingly disoriented and forgetful and changes her relationship with her family and the world forever.It's not necessarily one of the best books I've ever read , but it was an easy read. Good for a day on the beach!