What I’m Reading: Summer Book List

Or maybe I should call this post what I have read, what I’m reading and what I plan to read.

Fashionista had a book in Austin at my bachelorette party and she offered it up to anyone who was interested.

“Best book I’ve read in a long time,” I believe were her words.

Lucky for me, I had a honeymoon to look forward to back then and I knew I’d be spending a lot of time reading on the beach.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

“Rules” is the kind of book you can’t put down. It’s not chick lit, but it’s not high-brow literature either. It tows the fine line between both genres. I found myself missing Manhattan, and in the post-“Gatsby” movie (over)production it had me even more nostalgic for a time I only know through history books and cinematic recreations. A definite must if you’re looking for a fun summer read.

Kola just sent me “The Paris Wife.” I’m in the middle of it and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s historical fiction based loosely on Ernest Hemingway’s life/first wife, as seen through her perspective. The book, while I’m not as crazy about it as I was “Rules,” has me, more than anything else, hungry to read more Hemingway. If you have a favorite, please submit here and I’ll check it out.

Lastly, a dear friend of mine John M. Persinger just announced to the world of Facebook that he’s written his first novel. Persinger and I have known each other for almost 15 years. We lived in D.C. at the same time and became instant lifelong friends. He lives with his wife and two children in Erie, Pa., and the fact he kept his book-writing a secret till now is beyond me. His daily 5 a.m. wake-up time to write and beat fatherly/work duties is beyond impressive and inspiring. Way to go, John! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Click below to get your own.

My former roommate in NYC, LarchmontLass, is an editor so I trust anything she recommends. I’d often wander into her room in our old apartment and gaze with curiosity at her book collection. While discussing books in our Chicago hotel room at our friend’s bachelorette this past weekend, I asked LL what books she recommended. Here was her list:

1. The Interestings

2. The Art of Fielding

3. Freedom

4. The Marriage Plot

My other friend/roommate FoxyLady added her two cents with the book “Wild.” She’s in a book club (I just convinced her to introduce “Rules” to the club and they chose it for last month’s book) and she also has great recommendations.

As you can see, I have a lot of reading to do! What are some of your favorite books? Please share!

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