Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Reading 2013

The question of "what to read?" has been on my mind lately. I was asked this question twice today so perhaps I'm not alone here.

Alas. As of yet, I do not have a strong answer on what I personally should be reading. I'm going to the beach in just over a week and I have not yet found THE SUMMER BEACH READ. But I think I'm getting closer with every step.

Selections from the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. And a man studying in the corner. Hottie. 

I do have some good recommendations though, should you find yourself in this same particular quandary. Some of this is repeat from my previous ramblings about good reads. Take it or leave it, here is what I've got:

  • MWF Seeking BFF: My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend. I haven't read this but it was recommended from a trusted source. A married white female moves to Chicago with her husband and suddenly finds herself friendless,  so she decides to go on a ton of girl dates as she looks for her new best friend forever. I feel like so many of us women, whether married or single, could relate to this book -- especially living in cities far from where we grew up. Judging from the cover (always a good test of a book's character, naturally) it seems witty and fun.    
  • The Pillars of the Earth. A classic! It's a historical fiction read complete with romance and history and suspense and the building of a cathedral in the 1400s or thereabouts. I read it while in the Caribbean a few years ago so I can totally vouch that it's a good beach read. I want to read it again. Loved this book. 
  • Cutting for Stone. I definitely have mentioned this one before. It's an epic coming of age story about twin brothers in Ethiopia. If you are at all medically inclined, you will love this book. Or even if you aren't (I'm not), you will love this book. 
  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. I know what you're thinking. This is definitely not a beach read. But I think it could be! I haven't read this book but my friend Jenn recently read it and has talked so much about it. Yes, this is not sunshine and flowers, but real life isn't either. This book is real life and we need to know about it. 
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The true story of a woman's cells being used and replicated to radically advance science and medicine -- but without her knowledge. I haven't read this book but it's been recommended from several sources. Ethical debates abound!
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog. This is a merry read about the intertwining lives of one apartment building's many dwellers. I read it a few years ago and remember chuckling and smiling the whole time. It's set in Paris. Need I say more? And you need a dictionary for every third word. 
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The true story of Louie Zamperini surviving a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Two words: read it. I read it last Christmas at the beach and it's worth reading while looking out at the ocean since much of the book takes place at sea. Just amazing. It's being made into a movie. 
  • The Paris Wife. Again, this is on my to-read list. It's the story of the love affair between Hemingway and his wife, Hadley. A real heartbreaker. If you saw Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and didn't know who the characters were, this book probably isn't for you. Just saying...
  • The Liar's Club. Mary Karr's memoir about growing up in East Texas with a crazy family. Who can't relate to that? At least the crazy family part. 
  • Lit. Mary Karr's follow-up memoir about her adult years. I haven't read either of her memoirs, but my mom says they are excellent and humorous. What's not to love about those two glowing adjectives. Why, nothing. Nothing at all. 
  • The Jane Austen Book Club. I saw the movie a few months ago and practically fell in love with these women (and man... played by Hugh Dancy... so precious.) Just a simply sweet and wonderful girly read about the intertwining lives of the women who love Jane Austen. Simply the best! 
So, that's what I've got. Do with it what you will. And let me know if you have some favorites to recommend! Please tellll meeeee. I beg you. For all things beautiful like kisses and sunny days, share the wealth. The literary world is a beautiful world. 

To close, I give you a snapshot from my first year of marriage to my future doctor:

Life is sweet. Books make it sweeter. 


  1. I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks! Definitely a great summer read. And I love the last picture of you two, hahaha. Who took it?

  2. Mere --- it was a timer shot... hahah I know. We are so lame. I never actually thought I would post this picture, but then I wanted a pic for this blog post, so there you have it :) xoxox!