This month I got back into my book-a-week groove. I blame it on two things. First of all, Palm Springs. While I was there I read two books, and started another! There really is nothing better than laying in the sun and reading. I read some of the best books I’ve read yet this month… everything on this list is fantastic but I especially loved The Light We Lost and Tuesday Nights in 1980!!! As always, for more recommendations you can check out my Book Club page, where you can filter all of my favorite books by genre… and also take a peek at last month’s reading list!
And if you have a sec – please comment and tell me what you are reading – your suggestions are always my favorite… I find myself shopping the comments section of these posts… you guys have such good recommendations!
* The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo. Oh my goodness – if you read one book this month, make this be it. I think that everyone in some way or form can relate to the main character, Lucy – she’s torn between her free-spirited (selfish) ex, and the more reliable man that she ends up marrying. Don’t we all have one of those… the Big, the Aiden… the guy who makes us feel alive and young but know we can’t depend on versus the reliable guy? Anyway, this is her story… it felt so real and true (and reminded me of stories so many of my married friends have told me), and I will just say that I sobbed the entire last chapter. It’s an absolute must read
* Into The Water is Paula Hawkins’ highly-anticipated next book after authoring Girl on the Train. Okay so this was hard to follow at first, and I didn’t know exactly where it was going. It was told from the perspective of at least eight or nine different people, so I found myself flipping back and forth. But once I got into it, I was hooked. I will admit that I did guess the ending, but there were twists along the way that I hadn’t thought of. If you are looking for a dark thriller that you can devour within a couple of days, this is it!!!
* Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss was probably the most accurate and real depiction of life in New York I’ve seen… though it is technically set before I was born, ha ha. Reading it made me wish I lived here way back then. It centers around the art world, and three main characters. There’s a synesthetic art critic (synesthesia is when your senses get crossed… you hear colors, see colors when you taste flavors, etc – it’s fascinating!), an emerging artist, and a young girl who moves to the big city from the midwest. The book tells all three of their stories (which of course end up intersecting). All three characters experience (incredibly dark, deep) tragedy and loss. The writing is incredible. Parts are hard to read, but I couldn’t stop reading. I can’t recommend this one enough!!!
* How to Be Married, by Jo Piazza. I will admit, I put reading this book off. I am not married, and being married is not particularly high on my list of priorities now. Reading an entire book about marriage felt kind of… miserable? But also: the reason I first started following Jo Piazza and her writing in the first place was because she wrote this amazing essay a few years ago about why she bought herself an engagement ring. That really resonated with me (and my single + non-single girlfriends alike). Funny enough, she ended up meeting the love of her life shortly after writing that piece, getting married, and writing this book! So when she sent me this book, I kept thinking about how I should read it, and then I’d get busy and forget. Finally, a week ago, I finally picked it up and couldn’t put it down. You can tell that her and Nick (the husband) are made for each other, but she also writes in a way that is realistic, self-deprecating, and funny. My issue with everyone’s idealization of marriage and “the one” is that everything – movies, books, etc. makes getting married feel like the ultimate goal in life, but then what happens afterward!? What I liked about this book was the realistic depiction of love (she writes, lovingly, about how awful her honeymoon was), and also all of the fun little bits of trivia woven throughout.
* Fake Plastic Love, by Kimberley Tait is the story of two college best friends. There’s M – a practical investment banker who puts work over love and prefers corduroys and loafers. And then there’s her bestie, Belle – a wide-eyed and whimsical fashion blogger. The book follows them through college and into their thirties, alongside adventures with their new friend Jeremy, and Belle’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Chase. It’s set around 2008 (at the height of the financial crisis). For me, what I loved most about it was the lesson underneath… the importance of living your life as opposed to performing (Belle) or being afraid of taking chances (M). The story is told in a modern-day Gatsby-esque way; you won’t be able to put it down.