Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Molly's Summer Reading List

When Stephanie asked me if I’d share my top five summer must-reads, I was delighted. I always feel honored to share my two cents over here on Stephanie’s Bookmark.

I am very excited about the pile of books that seems to be rapidly growing toward the ceiling in the corner of my guest room.

The Sweet Life In Paris by David Lebovitz
This book has been recommended to me by several friends, but after traveling to Paris this past November, I knew I needed to bump it to the top of my reading list. The book is the true story of pastry chef David Lebovitz who relocates from San Francisco to Paris. He writes deliciously about adjusting to a new culture (and new baking ingredients) and how he turned his teeny tiny Parisian kitchen into his sanctuary.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
What can I say? I like stories of emotional pain. Both Stephanie and Kaitlin urged me to read Tropper’s tale of a family sitting shiva (the Jewish custom of mourning the deceased). In the book, the main character mourns the loss of his father while also coming to grips with some shocking truths about his marriage.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
Last summer everyone was reading Gone Girl, this summer everyone is reading The Goldfinch. Despite it’s extreme heft (it’s currently only out in hard copy and its 771 pages), people are raving about this story of a 13 year old boy abandoned by his parents and taken in by a wealthy Manhattan family. The book has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

One More Thing by B.J. Novak
Yes, that B.J. Novak. In addition to starring and writing for NBC’s smash hit “The Office,” Novak is now also a published author. This is a collection of short stories and every review I’ve read has been overwhelming positive. Plus, if Mindy Kaling endorses it, I am so reading it.

Pretty in Ink by Lindsey Palmer
Lindsey Palmer and I went to the same high school (she was a year ahead of me) and was editor of our high school yearbook when I joined the staff. After working as an editor for Self, Redbook and Glamour, she has published her own take on a Devil Wears Prada work situation with Pretty in Ink. I am going to save this for my Cape Cod vacation in July as I think it will make for a perfect beach read.

Are any of these on your list? I’d love to know what books you’re planning to tote to the beach.

*Images courtesy of Goodreads.

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