Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Reading Suggestions

A faithful reader (AKA my sister) requested some summer reading recommendations.

I scrolled through all of the books I've reviewed on this blog with this question in mind: "If I pulled this book out of my bag as I was ___________ (at the pool, on the plane, in the yard), would I be happy?" Here are some that I answered, "Yes!"

Some lighter fare:
The Nanny Diaries by Emma Laughlin and Nicola Kraus
Funny, amusing, but smart!

The Red Thread by Ann Hood
A bit predictable, but that's okay sometimes, especially when you're by the pool.

A bit heavier:
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
A gripping read.

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Fascinating, but murderous.

A book that'll make you feel relieved that you're on vacation and not in law school:
One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow
This is a really interesting, easy-to-read book. However, all the lawyers I've talked to say that law school really isn't this bad.

Some non-fiction easy-reading:
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Finn
A cooking school memoir to savor.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
Adventures in gardening.

1 comment:

Emily Gee-Clark said...

Thank you! Since I am too cheap to buy new books and afraid of library books, I will re-read the Nanny Diaries and Tom Ripley--I own copies of both. And I will pick up Animal Vegetable Mineral and continue reading it--I think you gave me that one. I have a Barnes and Noble gift card but I think I am going to buy knitting needles with it. Yes B and N sells knitting needles.