Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Here’s the deal with this one: I loved The Vacationers, so I already knew I’d get this one as soon as it came out, which I did. This is not set in glam Majorca…its Brooklyn. And it’s perfect. This is middle-aged urban dysfunction at its best. These are college friends all grown up and trying to establish their lives. My personal opinion? Modern Lovers is even better than The Vacationers. That’s saying something.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This book was recommended to me by a Facebook friend who shares similar taste – we love the psychological thriller types of books. This was a quick read, and an intriguing one. It’s a lovely British mystery. I hesitate to tell you too much, but I can tell you that the novel has many fans, not the least of which is one Reese Witherspoon, who is adapting it into a feature film. I wouldn’t put this on par with S.J. Watson by any means, but it’s certainly worth your time.
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews fans, I really don’t have to tell you: Her books are such fun to read, especially while on vacation. This was a fast read. MKA never disappoints. If I can’t make a decision about a much-needed light, fun novel, I’m grabbing one of her books in a heartbeat. Have a blast reading this one!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Of all the books I’ve read so far this year, this one touched me the most. Months later, it is STILL on my mind. Be warned: It’s a tearjerker in a massive way. But it’s important. And insightful. And absolutely beautifully written by Kalanithi, a soon-to-be neurosurgeon (and a brilliant writer) who learned at age 36 that he had Stage IV lung cancer. His search for what makes life worth living while facing death is incredibly moving. It left me gobsmacked. If you want something heavy, this is it.
My Next Read
The Girls by Emma Cline is on my radar and has been for some time. Lots of great buzz surrounding this debut novel about a girl caught in a web of a California cult…with a lot more going on. Shades of Helter Skelter, perhaps? This is probably going to be a huge hit. It just came out, so if you don’t hear from me for a while know that I’m busily tearing through this book.
I thought I’d share a few recommendations. Now obviously, it’s not a one-book-fits-all kind of deal. Do your due diligence before you buy (or checkout from the library, which is so much cheaper). I’m a fan personally of the reviews on Goodreads, if you need a starting point. But really, at this point, in our busy lives, I think it’s just good that we DO read – and what we read? Well that is our business.
Have a great summer and I hope you find that perfect beach read for you.