“You read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” -The Fault in our Stars by John Green
I feel this way to some degree about all the books below. Some are just fun, others will change the way you move through the world. Thanks to this article for the permission to love and talk openly about Young Adult fiction.
The Fault in Our Stars- John Green
Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell
Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage- Molly Wizenburg
The Sense of an Ending- Julian Barnes
The Circle- Dave Eggers
Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan
Still Alice- Lisa Genova
The Snow Child- Eowyn Ivey
The Interestings- Meg Wolitzer
The Lowland- Jhumpa Lahiri
Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
What are your current favorite reads? I’m always looking for my next obsession.
I’m headed to the white sand beaches of North Carolina for the week (past trips here, here and here). I hope to get lost in a few good books…
On my kindle for the trip…
The Shining Girls
Blue Plate Special
The Cuckoo’s Calling
Georgetown Academy- Book 4
The Silent Wife
What have been your favorite beachy books this summer?
Yes summer officially ended two weeks ago, but is it too late to move “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” to the top of my Beach Reads 2012 list?
I absolutely loved this book, which was recommended to me by a friend who reads everything. So did the The New York Times:
“The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.”
What should I read next?
Friends, I’m at a loss.
I just finished re-reading Gone with the Wind for book club and let me tell you, it’s even better as an adult. All that war stuff you breezed through to get to Rhett when you were twelve is fascinating now.
Rhett, of course, is as shiver-inducing as ever.
Finishing both GWTW and Downton in the same month has been a blow.
So, please help. What should I read next?
P.S. There are a crazy number of pictures of Marilyn Monroe reading. Google it and see. It had to have been a PR directive, don’t you think?