I like to call myself an “occasional bookworm,” because I’m not one of those people that perpetually has a book in hand. That being said, I truly do love reading when I have the time, and I consider myself a bookworm because once I start a new read, I typically can’t put it down until it’s finished. I’ve been known to start a book with my morning coffee and finish it by the time the sun goes down. Reading is truly an escape for me, and I love discovering new reads. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites to get you through the summer. Some of these books have been hanging around for awhile, while a couple are a bit newer. Regardless, they all were books that captivated my attention and brought out the bookworm in me. Each read is a little different from the other, and this list contains something for everyone!
For the Foodie: Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
Lunch in Paris is a captivating, real-life, tale of an American woman who falls for a French man on a trip to Paris. Elizabeth Bard’s memoir is a love story, centered around the city of Paris. As Bard navigates the French world she soon falls for more than just a new man. Her second love affair is with the art of French cooking. I truly loved this book as not only do I love cooking, but Paris is a city that I hold near and dear to my heart. I fell in love with Paris on my first visit, five years ago. This read contains a big bonus: delicious recipes to tantalize your taste buds. Lunch in Paris is a must read for the girl who loves food, longs to fall in love and dreams of a life in Paris.
For the Romantic: The Shoemakers Wife by Adriana Trigiani
A period piece, The Shoemakers Wife, chronicles the love story of Enza and Ciro, Italian natives, who both end up in America at the turn of the century. As Ciro goes off to serve in WWI, Enza is enthralled by the Opera in New York City. Their paths cross multiple times, and though it seems as if they will never be together, fate and the power of love will change both of their lives forever. I love that this novel takes a reader from the Italian alps to the early days of life in New York City. I truly enjoyed The Shoemakers Wife, and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a romantic story that takes place in another time period.
For the Inspiration Seeker: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Truly my favorite of the bunch, The Opposite of Loneliness is Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of essays and stories. Keegan was a fresh graduate of Yale University when a car accident tragically took her life just 5 days after graduation. The work contains both fiction and non-fiction stories, and is certainly a page turner. Keegan is a truly fantastic writer and I recommend this to anyone seeking to find purpouse in their lives and looking for inspiration.
For the Adrenaline Junkie: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on The Train chronicles the mystery surrounding seemingly “perfect” couple Jess & Jason, who Rachel, a daily commuter, intently studies from her morning train ride. Only when Jess, really named Megan, turns up dead does this thriller really intensify. Will Rachel learn the truth about Megan’s death, or will she herself become the victim of a crime, before solving the mystery? This book is perfect for Gone Girl fans and those looking for an easy read with a bit of a thrill.
What books are on your summer reading list?