Confession: one of our favorite forms of window shopping is going to Barnes and Noble and browsing through the stacks of new arrivals. This has become somewhat of a routine – we pass the store on our commute and frequently find ourselves popping in for a quick perusal. Anyone else have this habit, or is it just us? We digress. On to things that we have actually read…
We read a few books over the summer, and these were some of our favorites.
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
- An account of a young girl who moves to New York fresh from college and begins working at a famous restaurant. This book has been covered on many bestseller lists and we finally got around to reading it. A darker, grittier side of being a server and a coming of age in the concrete jungle – not necessarily our take on the city, but an interesting and well written read nonetheless.
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Our standout favorite. We read this in a book club, and every single person loved it – in fact, each of us has recommended it to others and we have yet to find a person who dislikes this book. Ove is a grumpy old man who starts off the first chapter by telling the reader that he wants to kill himself. It sounds dark, but this book is anything but that. It will make you laugh, cry, root for Ove, and not want the story to end. Bonus – the script was turned into a film that is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
- Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen
- We read this in one sitting. This book is the equivalent of a romantic comedy movie and was perfect for a summer beach read. Honestly, someone should buy the film rights for this book because it would make an excellent girls night in flick – the fashion version of Love Actually. The story is a series of vignettes revolving around one dress – from the designer, to the model wearing it at fashion week, to the shopgirl selling it at Bloomingdales. A heartwarming take on the confidence that can be found in wearing your favorite dress – and it will have you resisting the urge to not sprint immediately to the nearest shopping center once you finish the book.
- The Reminders by Val Emmich
- A darling story about a little girl named Joan who remembers detailed accounts of every single day of her life and the unlikely friendship that forms between her and her mother’s best friend, Gavin. When Gavin’s partner suddenly dies, he attempts to escape reality and his memories, but instead becomes intertwined with Joan and relies on her to recall everything she can about his partner. An unforgettable story of love, loss, familial bonds, and the power of memories.
We are always looking for something new to read, so tell us – what is the best book that you have read lately? Let us know in the comments below!