You guys. Maybe I’ve taken this whole living calmy thing a bit too far (or also, there was that matter of vacation…) but since my last book list, I’ve read eight books. (Actually more than that, as I’m not including everything I’ve read recently here.) In fairness, I’m still reading Mastering the Art of French Eating, but you get the point. I’ve been doing a lot of reading. It’s funny how the list sort of mirrors how I’ve been feeling. I started out reading some pretty dark books (Sister, Dark Places) and then moved on to some lighter, funnier reads (like You Knew Me When) to my vacation reading when I read a little of everything, culminating in a feel good read (I Couldn’t Love You More) and finally a little culture (Mastering the Art of French Eating.)
I should point out that at least half of these books were recommended to me by you guys. Thank you… seriously. If you’ve read anything great lately, I’d love to know about it – don’t be shy!
- Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn is very dark. Just like Gone Girl, Flynn takes you on a roller coaster ride as we follow the main character (whose family was brutally murdered when she was young) on a journey as she discovers what really happened to her family.
- Sister, by Rosamund Lipton is bone-chillingly good (thank you to Jackie for the recommendation!) The protagonist’s sister disappears and is later found murdered. She knows that her sister did not commit suicide as everyone claims… and a dark, twisty mystery ensues. I read this one in a few short days because I couldn’t put it down.
- The Other Typist is probably my favorite book on this list. Well maybe… truthfully, I loved every book on this list. But it’s a bit of a mind f*ck, which I love. A la Gone Girl, it takes you on twists + turns and completely messes with your head. On top of that it is set in the twenties in New York. Flappers, prohibition, speakeasies… so good. If you read it, email me afterward, I want to hear what you thought about the ending!
- You Knew Me When, by Emily Leibert is one of those fun, guilty reads that I read in one sitting. It’s about a lot of things, but mostly… friendship. Reading can be an emotional thing and I put this one down feeling happy and warm inside… exactly what I needed.
- I Couldn’t Love You More, by Jillian Medoff is another warmer-upper. The characters are so vulnerable and real. It’s about love and family. I love that you sympathize and really grow attached to the main character, but at the same times you sometimes want to shake her.
- Heads in Beds is a hilarious look inside the hospitality business. It’s been a while since I’d read a good memoir and I loved this one. It’s written by Jacob Tomsky, who spent the majority of his career working at hotels in NYC and New Orleans. It will make you laugh, make you think twice about how you tip at hotels, and give you some insight into how the hotel business really works. As someone who grew up in a restaurant (literally – our house was attached,) I loved getting to see the inner workings of the hotel business.
- Where’d you go, Bernadette was a little bit kooky and jumps around quite a bit but I loved the story. It’s really told through memos, email exchanges and the daughter’s perspective but it kept me on my toes. It also managed to be funny, sad, and heart-wrenching… all at once. I love books that make you feel something… this one will.
- Mastering the Art of French Eating will make you incredibly hungry. It’s the diary of a woman in Paris, and what she eats in each region of France. I am still reading it but every time I open it I put it down feeling a little bit