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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Reading List

We bring to you our summer reading list! Thankfully we have a super cool, literary buff friend we enlisted for a little help. Be very glad she is compiling this list and not me. My list: Real Simple, then Real Simple the next month, then maybe a little dreaming with Dwell... Again, thank goodness Andrea is getting us in the know. I certainly want to go purchase at least two of these and get on the bandwagon. Let us know your favorite!

Thanks to the ladies at Paper Pearl for asking me to write a guest post about one of my favorite subjects: great books! I love spending these long days of sunlight at the park or by the pool reading. I recommended a few titles below, divided up into categories. Hopefully they will get you off to a great start!

New Releases: 

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It begins with a group of kids meeting and forming a little club at an art camp way back in the 60s and follows their ambitions (some realized and some lost) into adulthood. 

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. A spinster befriends a family that lives below her in an apartment building and relational lines start to blur. 

Inferno by Dan Brown. This Robert Langdon thriller is based on the work of Dante and, I’m just guessing here, a puzzle to solve using art history. I kid, but I can’t wait to read it. 

Catching up on the Classics: 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The latest film adaptation is still in theaters so dust off your copy from high school and brush up on Fitzgerald’s masterpiece about the American Dream. 

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolfe. It’s about a not-so-simple family vacation. I have never read Wolfe, so I’m starting with this one this summer. 

True Stories: 

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel. As the Nazis began to spread their empire, persecuted families and museums sent great works of art into hiding. Men chronicles the search to recover precious heirlooms and priceless works of art. George Clooney is starring in the movie adaptation this fall! 

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. Gaffigan, the stand up comedian best known for food jokes, writes about his life raising 5 kids in a small Manhattan apartment. Think this year’s Bossypants. 

Last Years Best Sellers: 

Divergent by Veronica Roth. This YA book is supposed to be the new Hunger Games. Need I say more? 

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. I happened to pick this up in an airport recently and loved it. It’s about a girl searching for her mother who suddenly disappeared. 

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Rowling’s first foray into adult fiction is a few inches thick and populated by dozens of characters in a British town. 

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. It’s about a girl in the 20s trying to have it all in New York City. It was one of my favorite reads last year. 

Beach Reads: 

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. This is Kinsella’s latest release, but the title tells the reader what she is about. Girly, silly, funny fiction. Anything by her would be great in this category. 

Revenge wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I never read the first book, but like everyone else, I loved the movie The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl. I am looking forward to picking up this sequel to see how everyone is getting on. 

Happy Reading to everyone! What are you looking forward to reading this summer?
-Andrea (& Alison)


  1. You should add Christina George's The Publicist to your Beach Reads list, it's fantastic., I read Revenge Wears Prada and The Publicist all on the same trip and loved them both!

  2. Thanks for sharing Donna! We will have to check that book out as well!

  3. Hi Laurie, I just found this posting a bit late to this comment but I wanted to offer a copy of The Publicist if you'd like to read it for review consideration. I know you have a lot of books in the queue but please let me know! My email is



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