When we're not reading food magazines or trying to get through our New Yorker subscription, we each usually have a book or three that we're reading. This summer we've read a few books that we really enjoyed, and we thought that you might enjoy too.
Plus, we want your book recommendations! In a week, we're heading to the beach for Labor Day. And we're furiously planning what we're going to read while we're there. The last time we did a post like this, you all shared a number of books that we later loved. So here we go again!
What We've Read And Loved Recently:
(Here are some titles, followed by us awkwardly quoting ourselves with a recommendation!)
Over the July 4 weekend, Clay read the first book in the Game of Thrones series, which a friend gave him for his birthday. "I'm not typically a fantasy reader, but I loved this book. In the first book of the series, at least, there's little in the way of fantasy or magical elements. It was a fun, highly entertaining read."
Zach just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: "Amazing. Reads like fiction even though it's a true story. I hope Meryl Streep plays Henrietta in the movie." That's a joke about Meryl.
At the end of last year, Clay, at the suggestion of Domenica over on Twitter, read Stuffed: The Adventures of a Restaurant Family: "I loved this book of essays. Each one focuses on a different member of author Patricia Volk's family. It's funny and touching and well worth your time."
Yes, Chef. We both read it and we both liked it. Marcus Samuelsson's life story is so compelling that you find yourself enjoying the book even when you dislike his choices.
Just My Type, A Book About Fonts. Zach: "If you love fonts like I do, you'll be blown away by this book. And you will never look at Gill Sans the same way again." That's not a joke. You won't believe what you find out about Eric Gill.
Then Again by Diane Keaton. Clay: "I didn't love this, but I did really enjoy it. I've always liked Diane Keaton's movies, and this book is both an autobiography and at the same time a biography of her mother. It's sweet and sometimes dishy and a fun read."
We're debating what to read next. Here's our short list.
The Age of Miracles. We're drawn in by the premise about what happens after the Earth's rotation slows...
The Night Circus. We just got this from the library. Apparently we're really into magic?
Beautiful Ruins. Several non-food magazines we read highly recommend it.
Crazy Salad by Nora Ephron. Clay has read Ephron's other books, but not this out-of-print title. We need to find a copy.
What have you read this summer? Anything we should read when we're away for Labor Day? Would love for you to share you recommendations!