Books I Read This Summer
I gravitate toward commercially-appealing but still lyrically written reads. Here's what I consumed this summer, in case you're looking for the same.
- •Boys in the BoatCannot believe it took me so long to read. My favorite in a while.
- •All the Light We Cannot SeeUh. Pretty much made me want to throw in the towel as a writer because I will never be as brilliant as he is.
- •OutliersEveryone has already read this, so I don't need to tell you about it.
- •Yes, PleaseDitto
- •The Royal WeA fun fictionalized spin on Kate and William. I find the Royal Family completely boring but this book was really charming.
- •Everybody RiseOut in a few weeks - a pointed examination of a social climber 20-something in NYC in the early 2000s. If you like the show Odd Mom Out, I bet you would dig this book.
- •Home is BurningOut in Oct. A memoir about a self-described train wreck of a guy dealing with his dad's ALS diagnosis. I predict this book will be huge.
- •The New NeighborA thriller/mystery about...well...a new neighbor. Leah Stewart is a great, tight writer.
- •Eight Hundred GrapesWritten by one of my best friends, so I am admittedly biased, but a perfect beach read and wine-drinking book. Also, I invited her to join The List, but she lost the email, so she may never see this.
- •Into the WoodsMy first Tana French book. A riveting thriller. Already bought the sequel.
- •The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeI listened to this as an audiobook, and it was so utterly charming. About an autistic boy who tries to solve the crime of a murdered dog. Truly touching and also laugh-out-loud (honestly) funny.
- •Night CircusReally ethereal and whimsical, while still being completely absorbing. About a magical traveling circus (and a lot more).
- •A Window OpensReading this now. Out in a few weeks. I adore the author as a person, and it is getting great buzz. Hurrah!