I haven’t written about books for a while, mostly because I haven’t been a rock star in the book-reading department lately! I spent a lot of my August reading time catching up on my magazine reading. There is no way I will meet my already-modified reading goal for 2012, but I’m ok with that. I’ve enjoyed the books that I’ve read this summer, choosing fluff, classics, and good old recommended fiction.
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Pillow Talk by Freya North
This was one of those little fluffy books that I read for some mindlessness. It was “meh,” according to my Goodreads review. 🙂 Just a little too long.
Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern
Another mindless book which I picked up cheaply at B&N a while ago. It had an “intriguing premise and surreal plot,” according to my Goodreads review. Deja Vu 🙂
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
I listened to this on audio (soooooooo delightful!) and read it free on Kindle (sooooooooooooo witty!) and participated meagerly in Wallace’s 3 week readalong. And then I watched the movie. Such good stuff! Why did I wait so long to read some Wilde?
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Two audio books read by their authors who are “gurus” in this area. I am feeling a little scattered this summer, so it was good to listen to these and I hope that I can continue to think about them and put mindfulness into practice!
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City by David Lebovitz
How fun! This was a fast read, because it was filled with recipes that I’ll never make or already have a good enough recipe for thanks to other great books filled with recipes. But he is a hoot. I think that if I go to Paris, I will try to look him up and make him buy me lunch. I would have to prove myself a worthy dinner companion, but I think he would do it!
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
And then I bought this for Ferragosto. Set in a small village in Italy in the 60s and jumping forward to Hollywood today, it was a gem of a story – “Beautiful and unpredictable – just how I like ’em” is how I put it on Goodreads.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
I am enjoying this a lot! Only about 1/3 through (I think – dang iPad), but a nice and engaging story.
FC book club is setting up a date, and we are supposed to have read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which I’ve heard is not too engaging. I’ll skim it and then we’ll move on. Book club is mostly about connecting with those women, right? 🙂
I think I’ll try to participate in the Book Club that the Emergency Department has going. I’ve read almost all of the books they’re reading, but that’s ok. Again, it’s about connecting, right?
And speaking of connecting, very excited to start Year Three of the Cosmo Girls tomorrow night! Ready to dive in and organize the year! Yay!
Well, off to read! Haven’t said that for a while, but I mean it! 🙂
If you’ve made it to the end and have any ideas for other BOOKISH things to do while I’m in NYC, please let me know! I plan to do that book/walking/food tour in Greenwich Village and to find The Strand bookstore. Anything else that will be easy and fun?
- Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (itlnbrt.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten Books On My Fall To Be Read List (trishadm.wordpress.com)
- Top-Rated Summer Reads (somanybookssolittletimebookgroup.wordpress.com)
- Hot Reads for the Summertime (paperlanternlit.wordpress.com)