Thursday, July 16, 2015


Besides all the sunshine, beaches, and breezy outfits, there's another reason I love summer: It gets me reading again. With more travels scheduled than the other nine months of the year, hours passed while spread on a towel in the sand or in an uncomfortable seat 35,000 feet in the air—it's a great time to remind myself how much I actually enjoy reading. I'll admit that in the winter I'm woefully hooked into watching shows and movies—a habit I try to break at least three times a year.

After my trip to Newport Beach, I'm almost all the way through The Girl on the Train, a fast-paced, easy-reading thriller by Paula Hawkins. If you loved Gone Girl, you'll like this one too—which centers around the disappearance of a young, beautiful married woman. Told from the perspective of different characters, it'll keep you engaged from beginning to end (I hope...).

Once I finish that (should be just a day or so now), I'm going to jump right into One More Thing, a collection of short fiction stories by B.J. Novak. I bought it at the airport in case my phone (and iBooks app) died in flight—and can't wait to tear into it this month.

Come August, I'll be heading to Seattle and Sun Valley for 10 days, with plenty of free time and flights for reading. Hence, I've stocked my Amazon cart with quite a few books I'm hoping to read before summer's end. And okay, realistically I won't get through these before the end of the year—but it's good to have ambition, no?

Anyway, on the non-fiction front, they range from humor-meets-psychology-meets-dating with Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance, to fashion writing in France with Kate Betts' My Paris Dream. With fiction my reading list varies from the unburied treasure of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman to the hotly anticipated debut novel from Julia Pierpont, Among The Ten Thousand Things.

*If you need further recommendations, here are a few more books I've read in the past year or two and enjoyed emensely: All The Light We Cannot See; Station Eleven; Where'd You Go Bernadette; The Ruins; and if you haven't read The Secret History (by Donna Tartt, who wrote The Goldfinch, do it right now.Yes, it came out in 2004—but it has remained a favorite of mine for years.)

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