Sunday, August 17, 2014

Great End of Summer Reading


Helllooo!
After a long blogging hiatus I opened my computer today and thought it might be fun to do this again.  Many vacations, activities and the occasional DIY or new recipe have gone undocumented but today I felt like sharing some books.

This summer I've read a bunch of good books and since I'm always looking for a good recommendation I thought I'd share some recent favorites. For previous recommendations look here and here. Please let me know any good recommendations in the comments --- I'm always looking for something new!


Non-Fiction:

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown


If you liked "Unbroken" or "Seabiscuit" or love historical non-fiction with a compelling narrative you should definitely check out this book. This book has mass appeal despite it's uber specific subject - don't be scared off!

The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey



I am a HUGE sharks fan and I am not talking about the hockey team. This book is all about the great white sharks, studies and history around the very sharky group of islands just 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco. This book is well researched and hugely entertaining. If you are at all interested in shark week, check out this book.  I started this book on Thursday and I have about 10 pages left.

Fiction:

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker



This was a super cool otherworldly story about a series of events that change the earth - all told from the point of view of a young girl. The characters and day-to-day plot are enticing but the background story of weird climate/earth changes make it such a memorable book. This is a cool one.



One More Thing: Stories and More Stories by BJ Novak


I'm not usually too into the idea of short stories- something about getting attached to characters in so few pages sounds improbable. This book totally changed my mind. BJ Novak (from The Office) is FUNNY and these stories made me laugh aloud. They are sweet and clever and make for a very quick read. Both Nic and I loved this book. It would be a great gift.

Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towels



This is a fun read set in 1920s New York that has kind of a Gatsby-ish vibe but still feels current and relevant from characters that talk and act like people you might know. I liked it.

What else should I read?

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