Recent Reads

By Blonde Bowhemian - January 25, 2018

Now that I’m out of school and actually have free time I’ve found myself reading more and more. I always read before going to bed to help me fall asleep, but I also love to pick up a book after getting home from work for some much needed time away from screens. Also, since I’ve been on a bit of a self-imposed spending break after the holidays and my birthday (which, if you follow me on Insta, you know isn't going too well), I figured this would be the perfect time to share some book recommendations in case some of you are also giving your wallet a break ;)  

The Swans of Fifth Avenue // I’m going to preface this by saying that while reading this book, although I knew Truman Capote was a real person, I had no idea the plot was based off of a true story. I think had I known this ahead of time I would’ve found the book more captivating and intriguing. That being said, however, I really did like getting a glimpse into 1950s New York City and the lives of various socialities and glitterati and their relationships with Capote. From the detailed descriptions of their glamorous parties to the tense gender relations, I felt like I got an authentic taste of the characters’ world. I also love any book with multiple points of view as that adds another dimension to the story. This was by no means a groundbreaking book for me, but it was a fun read that also offered a bit of history.

Losing It // I forget where I first heard about this book, but I picked it up at the library on a whim thinking it would be an easy and fun read. Maybe it was just the overall plot line - a 26 year-old virgin looking to “lose it” - but I didn’t love the book or the main character. I found the whole plot line a tad ridiculous and the main character to be a bit whiny. Although the plot does pick up a bit in the middle, I still didn’t find myself desperate to keep reading. If you’re looking for a book to breeze through on the beach, though, this fits the bill.  

Eden // I actually was introduced to this book on Nantucket, when the author, Jeanne Blasberg, was sitting outside a store selling copies of her novel. Being able to meet her in person plus the fact that plot was right up my alley, sold me. I loved the story line and how it all centered around a beloved beach house in Rhode Island and the three generations of women who inhabited it over the years. The plot is complicated by each of them dealing, in secret, with unwanted pregnancies and it’s fascinating to see the evolution of acceptance around unwanted pregnancies over the course of fifty or so years in tandem with the evolution (or decay) of the beach house.

The Singles Game // So I'm horrible at tennis, but I've always wished I was a tennis player...maybe in another life. Anyways, Lauren Weisberger is the author who wrote The Devil Wears Prada, so I had high expectations for this book. It didn't disappoint once I finally got my hands on it! It was unavailable from every library for the longest time, guess I'm not the only one who wanted it! It's the perfect easy read about a young tennis star getting mixed up in the fame and fortune that comes with success in her sport all while trying to win at Wimbledon. I kept needing to know what was going to happen next, I think I finished it in less than a week, haha. This is the perfect beach read or book for when you're looking for something a little more lighthearted.

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