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WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY FINISHED READING?
Just about every review I’ve seen about Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch says that the best way to read it is to have little to no knowledge about the plot—and I completely agree! Koch is a master of creating thoroughly dislikeable and immoral characters and combining them with a riveting plot that makes you want to keep reading—against your better instincts. I read this book in about a day and a half, and it reminded me of a train wreck—I wanted to put the book down and get away from the characters, yet I just had to know what would happen next. It’s tough to say that I enjoyed this book, but it definitely held my interest and made me think. I’d rank this book right up there with The Dinner, which was Koch’s last (and somewhat similar) novel.
I’m a big fan of books about food and cooking, and I really enjoyed Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage by Molly Wizenberg. It’s a memoir about the author’s experience of starting a restaurant with her husband—and every time I read a book like this one I’m reminded once again that even though I love to cook, I would NEVER want to own my own restaurant!
I’m so glad that I finally got around to reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell! I adored Eleanor & Park, I loved Fangirl almost as much, and I’d put Attachments right between them.This is a great summer read—lots of humor, characters that you care about, and an engrossing plot involving two women who work for a newspaper and the man in the IT department who gets to know them by monitoring their email exchanges. I’m ready for more Rainbow Rowell, and am anxiously awaiting her new novel Landline which will be out next month.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I just received an ARC of Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by Maeve Binchy and so far I’m loving it. It’s a collection of columns that the late, beloved author wrote for The Irish Times from the 1960s through the 2000s, and her wonderful writing voice comes through in each one I’ve read so far. Many people compare reading Binchy’s books with sitting down and chatting with an old friend over tea, and that’s just what this book feels like! The only thing that is somewhat tripping me up a bit is the frequent use of unfamiliar Irish terms and phrases, but I’m getting used to it. This book is due to be published in October, and although it’s nonfiction, I hope it finds a wide audience among Binchy’s fans!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! My TBR stack is huge (like everyone else’s!) and I have no idea what I’ll be in the mood to read next.
How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading this week? Please share!