I know it's the end of the summer, so sharing a good beach read is about three months too late. But I read two things over the summer that were so fun - and so different - that I've been telling anyone who is looking for their next good novel.
I picked up Snobs by Julian Fellowes on the recommendation of Shauna Niequist, who I always trust with such things. From the creator of Downton Abbey, it's what you can expect from a gossip-y class-struggle novel set in 90's England. That would be the 1990's. For some reason, this cracked me clean up. Just like whenever I hear a rap song roughin' it up in the LBC in '93.
Okay, nothing like that. Except they both make me smile.
Snobs is nothing more than a light soap opera, with some romance and lots of raised eyebrows. Think of it as the Lifetime mini-series that you accidentally got caught up watching and devoured every second, pint of mint chocolate chip demolished. Not as quick-witted as Downton Abbey, it shares the same fan base.
My favorite book of the summer was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I saw someone talking about it on twitter and then saw it at the bookstore the same day. I don't want to say too much about it. It's really best to go in blind. I knew nothing about the story when I cracked it open, and it kept surprising me all the way to the end.
If you are equally fascinated and disturbed by the media whenever a woman or child goes missing, you will like Gone Girl. If you've ever watched Nancy Grace while cooking dinner, you will like Gone Girl.
A college friend texted me when she was about to get on a plane for vacation. She was desperate for a good, not-too-heavy-but-still-well-written novel for her trip. Without hesitation, I wrote back Gone Girl.
And then I wish we could have a secret post where we could talk about it. That's something to ponder over actually...
What have you read lately that blew your socks off?