Spring Reading List

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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

  1. The Unfortunates” by Sophie McManus
  2. The World Made Straight” by Ron Rash
  3. The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters
  4. The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux
  5. The Dinner” Herman Koch
  6. We That Are Left” Clare Clark
  7. The Fires of Autumn” by Irene Nemirovsky
  8. Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf
  9. Sail to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys
  10. China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan

-Dean

Comments

  1. I read #s 3, 4, & 5. Ruta Sepetys is AMAZING! I actually liked Out of the Easy the least of her three books (and when I say “least,” I mean I still really liked it). Can’t wait to hear what you think of her other two!

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