Summer 2011 Reading List

Bossypants

I laughed out loud and now love Tina Fey more than ever.

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

This book of short stories left me uneasy and a little creeped out after each one.

State of Wonder

It took me a little while to get into the book but it raises interesting questions about fertility, and the last 30 pages are pretty explosive.

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide

The to-the-point fashion observations mixed with adorable illustrations made this style guide a little different from others I’ve read. I would recommend anyone going to Paris to buy this book, there are great suggestions about The City Of Lights on its pages.

The Help

I thought the writing was terrific in this book.  I also enjoyed hearing the story from three different perspectives.  After reading Kathryn Stockton’s contribution to Katie Couric’s book, I liked the book even more, and I can’t wait to go see the movie.

Cutting for Stone

One thing I always enjoy being able to say about a book is when it has great storytelling characteristics.  Cutting for Stone is 658 pages of one family’s trials and tribulations from Ethiopia to New York and back again.  The book is heavily laden with medical terms which were sometimes difficult to digest, but for me, this book rose and fell like a wave crashing on the beach.  I was most involved in the middle of the story, not that the ending was disappointing, but it wasn’t my favorite part of the book.

Four Kitchens, My Life Behind The Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris

I read this book during one afternoon at the beach.  I loved learning the inner workings of each kitchen, the food descriptions and learning about each city the author lived in.  I also loved how she described acclimating into each culture, meeting new people and how she navigated trying to find her passion.  Bonus points for having recipes included in each chapter.

The Best Advice I Ever Got

It was quite refreshing to hear everyone’s stories that were included in this book,  and learn more about Katie Couric.  Each chapter covers a different topic and a wide range of industries and jobs are spoken about.  When I find myself doubting the path I’m on, recalling the stories of successful people helps me push forward; you only get to tell the story if you see it through until the end.

The Hunger Games

I throughly enjoyed this book even though it’s filed under teen fiction. When an author makes you want to turn the pages as fast as you can, you can’t put the book down,  you keep thinking about it afterwards and you wish you could start the 2nd and 3rd books as soon as you were done with the first? Sign me up.

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One response to “Summer 2011 Reading List

  1. Great suggestions! I’m especially interested in the Tina Fey book!