6 Books We’ve Read Recently.

I’ve been reading non-stop this year after committing to making a habit of spending half an hour with a book (rather than my phone or computer) right before bed. It’s allowed me to both follow asleep easier and catch up on my reading list — a win-win! Lately, I’ve been making serious use of my library card and coming home with stacks of novels, but I have a few nonfiction reads up next on the list. What are you reading right now?

  • ‘Calypso’ by David Sedaris: David Sedaris is one of my all-time favorite writers and his latest book of essays did not disappoint. Like most of his books, it bounces between laugh out loud funny and tear-jerkingly nostalgic. It’s a quick and easy read, but it leaves you with plenty of memorable moments too.
  • ‘The Vacationers’ by Emma Straub: This fun, light read chronicles the chaos that ensues when two families head to Spain for a long-awaited vacation together — one with grown adult children, the other awaiting news on their pending adoption. As the characters wandered their way through charming Spanish streets, I found myself wishing for a poolside to read this by. It wasn’t my favorite of the bunch, but worth reading if you need a change of pace.
  • ‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer: This book flashes between present and past lives to recount the growing up of lifelong friends who once deemed themselves The Interestings in a teepee at summer camp in the 70s. While there’s tons of backstory and character develop to get through, I couldn’t put this one down and was left wanting more even at the end of nearly 500 pages.
  • ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han: After this title made such a huge splash on Netflix this summer, I just couldn’t resist picking it up before I watched the movie. While I found the love stories predictable and not very compelling, it’s easy to get attached to the likable characters and their development throughout the novel.
  • ‘The Hypnotist’s Love Story’ by Liane Moriarty: I read Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty earlier this summer and since then I have not been able to get enough of Liane Mortiary’s writing — I devoured this one in a weekend. This novel follows Ellen, a hypnotherasit, and her new boyfriend, Patrick, a widowed single father who reveals that his ex has been stalking him everywhere he goes for the past three years. As the stalker’s moves intensify and Ellen and Patrick’s relationship becomes ever more complicated, things finally implode in one telling scene that sets the course for the rest of their stories.

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