I have been a reading machine this summer. I've read some really awesome books and some crappy books. Everyone seems to be looking for book recommendations lately, so I thought I'd share a few favorites from the past few months.
First up, nonfiction.
1. Growing up Amish. I saw the author on a reality TV show last year and knew I had to read his book. He grew up Amish (obviously), left and went back several times over the course of the years, and finally left for good. It reads almost like something you would watch on Breaking Amish, and it gives a really fascinating look into the real Amish world and how perfect it really isn't.
2. The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING, or Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off The Dog. I loved this book with my whole being. It is HILARIOUS. The author decides to take a year and live like Martha Stewart would, complete with party hosting and redecorating and planting a garden, all things she never thought she could do. I laughed so hard throughout the whole thing. I do have one warning: nearly half the book is about her dog and her dog's fight with cancer, which occurs during her year of Martha. She harps on it way too much, in my opinion, and it lends itself to some cheesy moments, but I still wholeheartedly recommend this book.
3. How Did You Get This Number: I just finished this book last week, and I loved it. I devoured it. Sloane Crosley is basically a female David Sedaris who has a ridiculous wit. Her book is full of hilarious essays of the crazy things that have happened to her. Plus, something about the title paired with the look of the bear on the cover cracks me up.
1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette: This book was AWESOME. I read the entire thing, cover to cover, in one day. The author is one of the writers of Arrested Development, to give you an idea of the kind of wit and eccentricity of this book, not to mention there are definitely some similar characters and plot lines. It's cheeky, it's silly, and it's lighthearted. Almost the whole book is composed of faxes/letters/emails/notes/etc, which makes it slightly confusing at first, but it gives it a definite creative edge.
2. The Paris Wife: I fell in love with this book during the first paragraph. It's based on the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. It goes through how they met, their wedding, their years in Paris, and the end of their marriage. As someone with a degree in English, I geeked the heck out over the inside look at Hemingway and his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald and the other writers he spent time with in Paris. Even if literature isn't your thing, it's still a really interesting take on Paris during the roaring 20s.
3. Someday, Someday, Maybe: This is the debut novel of Lauren Graham aka Lorelai from Gilmore Girls aka Sarah Braverman on Parenthood. It's about a girl in her 20s living in New York and trying to make it as an actress, and from what I've read, it's based partially on Lauren's life. Her personality and humor definitely translate well into her writings. It's cute and silly and a fun, easy read.
This was fun. I want to make this a thing and post about books every few months. Now tell me what you're reading! I'm always looking for suggestions. But not Hunger Games/Twilight/Harry Potter or anything with vampires.
Also, are you on Goodreads? It's Facebook for book lovers, and a great way to keep track of what you've read and what you want to read. Find me here!