Since coming back to school in January, I think I’ve been in DC for three out of the twelve(?) weekends. I love traveling and always bring a book – or two – to read on a plane or train. After polishing off another three a couple weekends ago while I was in the Dominican Republic, I thought I’d put together a quick list of some greats I’ve read along with my current reading list.
- “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan – This book was fantastic. It’s about the super-wealthy families of Asian and how a girl from a “no-name” family causes complete turmoil within the elite. It’s definitely more a beach read (not the most intellectually stimulating book out there), but hilarious nonetheless.
- “The Madwoman Upstairs” by Catherine Lowell – An awesome book. Catherine is a good friend of mine and I couldn’t be prouder than to see her novel on the stands of the bookstore. It centers on a young, sarcastic girl who attends school in Europe as an english major coming from a high-profile family of writers. A little complicated to put into words (there’s so much more to say), but I finished all 352 pages in less than 48 hours.
- “Out of the Easy” by Ruta Sepetys – Probably my second favorite on this list. Read the book on a flight to LA and could not put it down throughout the trip. It’s set in NOLA in the 1950s with the main character being the daughter of a prostitute who is looked out by the house madame. Didn’t think I was going to be a fan in the beginning, but Sepetys is a great writer. I plan to read her other books this summer.
- “Be Frank with Me” by Julia Johnson – This book…God…where do I begin? I posted about it on Instagram (here) and connected to one of the characters in a way I would have never imaged. It’s about a famous writer, a young boy (Frank), and a random assistant who comes to essentially nanny while the mother writers another book. It was beautifully written and just a powerful read on a personal level. This book is by far and away one of my favorites on this list.
- “Tigers in Red Weather” by Liza Klausman – I admit it’s not one of my favorites, but it’s another good, simple beach read that has all the necessary ingredients: wealth, drama, and screwed-up family relationships.
- “Something Rich and Strange” by Ron Rash – If you’re from the South, buy this book right now. At first I hated it. It was short stories and was really hard to get into. But – after understanding the format – I ended up really enjoying it. Rash has put together thirty short stories that all have a setting somewhere in the South. It covers a total of about 100 years (probably more – I really can’t remember) through fascinating points-of-view. I know it sounds a little odd, but I highly recommend for anyone who has a connection or appreciation for Southern culture.
- “The Hundred Year House” by Rebecca Makkai – A cool book. Split up into three sections that take place in three different time periods. Once you get into the book, it’s a total page turner. Another book that features a wealth family and the hidden secrets of their relatives.
- “Summer People” by Elin Hildebrand – A sad topic – starts with a father/husband being killed in a plane crash – but a great storyline. Summer People is definitely on the heavier side, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.
- “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins – It’s a national bestseller and I finally got around to reading it. No comment necessary…
CURRENT READING LIST
- “The Unfortunates” by Sophie McManus
- “The World Made Straight” by Ron Rash
- “The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters
- “The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux
- “The Dinner” Herman Koch
- “We That Are Left” Clare Clark
- “The Fires of Autumn” by Irene Nemirovsky
- “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf
- “Sail to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys
- “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan