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?
I’m headed to the outer banks of North Carolina for my annual beach vaca (picture G & T’s, squished squash and cobalt blue hydrangeas) and have loaded up my Kindle with new beach books. I thought I might share what’s on my reading list and what I have recently enjoyed. Sarah and I love hear what you all are reading, book worms unite!
On tap for this week… (a bit ambitious when you factor in G&T’s)
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson
Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
Persuasion by Jane Austen (I have a tradition of rereading one Austen book on my vacations)
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Freedom by Johnathan Franzen
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Any book by Ken Follett (especially Pillars of the Earth)
Any Pat Conroy but Beach Music is my fav (when in Rome…)
What have you been reading this summer?
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?