Summer Book Round Up

summer reading

Today, I wore a sweater, then realized I was cold so I put a jacket on before leaving the house. IT. IS. FALL!!!! Yay. And with that, it’s time to update you on what I’ve been reading the past month. I’m still on track with my reading goal, but can’t risk reading anything too lengthy or I’ll get off track quick! A few very good books in this group!

swans of fifth avenue

Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

I’m a huge fan of anything Truman Capote. When I read the book “Swans of Fifth Avenue” was coming out, I quickly added it to my ‘to-read’ list. The book is a fictionalized account of Truman and his ‘swans’. The plot was light hearted and based on fact. I ended up learning a lot about Truman Capote and some of the ladies in his life that I wasn’t aware off. A cute book if you love Capote, fashion, or Manhattan elite.

party of the century

Party of the Century by Deborah Davis

One of the books Melanie Benjamin (see above) used as inspiration for her book was “Party of the Century”. This book goes over everything about Capote’s famed party from idea to fruition. I was only vaguely aware of this amazing black and white ball, so I’m glad I picked up this book since I’m a huge Capote fan! It sure sounded like an amazing party.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

I have a few books on my ‘to-read’ list that have been there for awhile, and Fear and Loathing was #1 on that list. I bought a cheap copy at a used book store and read it in just a few days. This is a weird book, and I’m not really sure what happens in it. I guess I’m glad I read it though because it is a classic.

dark places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I’m sure you’ve all read Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.” it was one of my favorites the year I read it. This earlier novel “Dark Places” is another amazing read, and you all need to read it now! The plot was just twisted enough to keep me reading without being scary, and I was always trying to guess what would happen next. I loved hearing how different bits of peoples stories ended up intertwining to move the plot in different directions.

noble rot

Noble Rot by William Echikson

I love wine. Love love love. This non fiction book is all about Bordeaux wine. Honestly, this book was pretty bad. It was all over the place and hard to follow, so I ended up not really learning anything. It did make me want to drink wine though.

The Master of the Prado by Javier Sierra

I love reading fiction novels that have to do with the art world. It’s definitely a favorite topic for me! The Prado museum in Madrid is one of my favorites in the world. This book takes place there and focuses on a number of its masterpieces. The plot wasn’t too strong, but the stories about the hidden meanings in paintings was really fun and exciting!

life changing magic of tidying up

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

You’ve read this right? This book is so weird, honestly. Marie Kondo sounds like a psycho, but I’m sure her house is amazing. I like some of the tips in here, and will definitely use a few of them. For the most part, this book is a little too out there for me, but if it gets you to clean your house, then mission accomplished! I’ve recently done a clear out, but I could see myself picking it up again if I want to do another de-clutter.

love story

Love Story by Erich Segal

I came across this copy of “Love Story” from 1970 when the book first came out. I’ve seen the movie so I know the story, but OMG IT IS SO CUTE. Ahh. I literally teared up on the bus reading it. It’s super short, you could read it in a day, so you must all buy a copy now and read it. The original “The Fault in Our Stars”!

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6 thoughts on “Summer Book Round Up

  1. I read Swans of 5th Ave and Party of the Century years ago when I was still in NYC &Truman Capote was still alive. It was because of Breakfast at Tiffany’s that I went to New York. So glad that you read them. Love following you on Goodreads. You have eclectic tastes! My signif other read Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas a couple of months ago and loved it. Not sure it’s my thing based on his discussion of it. One of these days, I will read Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail. BTW, our book club read The Secret History last month. That book really got under my skin. It’s been hard to find anything to read since that has captivated me.

    1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my all time favorite! I read it all the time. SO happy you loved The Secret History. I agree, no book as gotten me quite like that has. I recommend it to everyone

  2. I read the Marie Kondo follow-up book as part of my 2016 reading challenge. There are some really good ideas mixed up in the crazy, but there is a whole.lot.of.crazy. Like she gave away her hammer because it didn’t “spark joy” but then she had no hammer..Then she gave away her stereo because she thought the corners were ugly and now just puts her headphones down on a desk and turns up the volume…

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