Summer Reading List

July 24, 2016

Hello, I’m back! (I know, it’s been a while.)

There’s lots to catch up on, but I thought, for now, I’d share a list of what I’ve been reading (or have bought and plan on reading) this summer. Who doesn’t love a book list, right?

So, without further ado, here we go:

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: One of my recent favorites. The story follows a dysfunctional family whose members are obsessed with getting their hands on their inheritance–the “nest” of the title–and, needless to say, hijinks ensue. I really loved this one and plowed through it in like a day. (Fun fact: the author is a close friend of my wonderful cousin.)

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: In this novel–which was released to a chorus of great press–a young woman named Tess moves to New York City and becomes a server at one of the best restaurants in the city. The book chronicles Tess’s journey navigating the New York restaurant scene and its inhabitants, and it’s fascinating, but I couldn’t relate to the main character on an emotional level. If you’ve read this one, I’m curious to hear what you think.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: This one has gotten nothing but glowing reviews since it came out last year, and I actually began it this spring but kept putting it down for some reason, so I need to just totally restart it. It follows the love story of Leo and Mathilde, and Amazon describes it as “a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power.” Will report back, but I’m really excited (um, again) for this one.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub: Bought but haven’t started. The Skimm described this book as Friends meets Almost Famous meets a great beach read–so, you know, that checks all my boxes. Again, will report back.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: Warning: be prepared to cry. In this beautiful book, the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi–a neurosurgeon–describes the life lessons he learned after being diagnosed with lung cancer at the peak of his career. I can’t recommend this one enough.

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein: Bought but haven’t started. Really looking forward to reading this collection of essays by the head writer of Inside Amy Schumer. (Klein’s Fresh Air interview was great.)

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam: In the middle of this right now. I love a good friendship story (see also: Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters, one of my favorites), and this is not disappointing. Also, I’m impressed by how well Alam–a man–channels the female voice.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld: I struggled with this one–I kind of hated some of the ways Sittenfeld updated the plot of this book (several of the storylines, to me, were just annoying and/or lazy), but the prose was great and the pacing kept me turning the pages. Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers, but I’d recommend her Prep or American Wife before this one. (And if you’re an Austen purist, skip this entirely.)

What’s on your reading list this summer? I’d love to know!

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