What We’re Reading: The Beach Edition

Four books we can't wait to read on the beach this summer

‘Tis the season to lounge on the beach, binge-reading to your heart’s content! From modern chick lit to engrossing psychological thrillers, there are a ton of titles calling my name right now. Here are four books I can’t wait to read this summer.

1. An insightful look at the highs and lows of a complex, decades-long friendship, Rich and Pretty follows two childhood best friends in New York City who are struggling to maintain their bond as they enter their thirties and life pulls them in different directions.

2. Described as an “unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist” and a “heartwarming tale of friendship and demonic possession,” My Best Friend’s Exorcism won me over immediately based on the back cover alone. High school drama, dark humor, and supernatural thrills make an excellent combo!

3. I know, I know, The Girls is on everybody’s summer must-read list. But I started it yesterday, and just as the Manson-like cult in the book seduces 14-year-old Evie, Emma Cline’s debut novel is totally reeling me in.

4. Teo Avelar is not your average medical student. For one thing, his only friend is a cadaver. And when he falls in love with Clarice, Teo kidnaps her and embarks on a road trip across Brazil in a misguided (and terrifying) effort to convince her they belong together. Part macabre thriller, part demented love story, Perfect Days sounds utterly compelling.

What’s on your reading list this summer? Any suggestions for a great beach book? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

♥ Mil


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Our book picks this spring include Spinster by Kate Bolick and Ruth Wariner's memoir The Sound of Gravel

Guys, I may have a touch of tsundoku*. It’s quite a predicament. A couple of the books in this month’s roundup have been nestled in my bookcase for over a year, patiently awaiting their turn to be read. Well, their time has come! Here’s a look at what’s on my reading list this month.

1. In Mischa Berlinski’s Fieldwork, an expat journalist becomes obsessed with an American anthropologist who has committed suicide in a Thai jail, where she was serving a life sentence for murder. As he learns more about her life and alleged crimes, he is drawn deeper into the murky conflict between Thai hill tribes and various groups of outsiders.

2. Kate Bolick celebrates singledom in Spinster: A Life of One’s Own, weaving together her own musings on the challenges and opportunities of unmarried life with insights from the lives of five progressive female figures throughout history. But her message is less about defying societal convention and more about encouraging women to thoughtfully examine their choices, living lives that are filled with passion and intent.

3. Considering one of my favorite movies is based on this book, it’s a little sad that I still haven’t read The Talented Mr. Ripley. I’ve been meaning to crack open Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller for ages, and I’m excited to finally dive into this sinister tale of a fiercely intelligent sociopath unleashed upon the Italian Riviera.

4. Ruth Wariner’s enthralling memoir The Sound of Gravel depicts her upbringing in an isolated polygamist community and her subsequent escape. Told from the perspective of the author as a child, The Sound of Gravel is truly a testament to Ruth’s courage, strength of spirit, and the profound love she has for her siblings.

Have you read any good books lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

♥ Mil


*Tsundoku: the constant act of buying so many books that they pile up around the house and you never have the chance to read them all.

What We’re Reading

Winter is a great time to catch up on pleasure reading, am I right? It’s so chilly and dark outside that you don’t feel guilty about staying in with a good book. (Though to be fair, Seattle has been enjoying some unnaturally lovely weather the past couple of days. It’s unsettling.) Either way, Jules and I have resolved to step up our reading game this year, so it’s about time for an installment of What We’re Reading! These five titles are currently at the top of our reading list.


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1. Career of Evil is the third installment in Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) series of darkly captivating mystery novels, and Jules can’t put it down. If gruesome thrillers are your thing, check this one out!

2. I’m as far from outdoorsy as it is possible to be, but one of my favorite genres is adventure/survival nonfiction (go figure). Endurance is the brutal story of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1915. It’s extremely satisfying to read this while you’re sitting by a warm fire.

3. Roxane Gay delves into the complexities of modern feminism through a lens of pop culture and politics in Bad Feminist, a smartly written, hilarious, and endearingly relatable collection of essays.

4. We’re a little late to the game on this one, but my book club is finally reading All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning-novel set in occupied France during World War II. Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome is one of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to reading some of his other work.

5. Both Jules and I are anxious to read When Breath Becomes Air, the much-lauded memoir of a young neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal cancer. Part stoic introspection, part scientific reflection on mortality, this book is sure to be a tearjerker.

Have you read any good books lately? I’m flying out to Ohio tomorrow for my friend Emie’s 30th birthday bash, and I still need to figure out what to download on my Nook for the trip. I really want to read #5 on the plane, but not sure I should attempt it in public…any other recommendations?

♥ Mil

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This past weekend, Jules and I spent some quality time indulging in one of our very favorite activities: hanging out at the bookstore and gleefully adding title after title to our never-ending reading list. Our mission was to pick up Mindy Kaling’s new book (which I immediately devoured later that night – so funny!), but of course we got distracted and wandered off to explore. Here are a few of the books we’re most excited about.

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1. Fates and Furies examines the secrets, passion, and pain inherent in a seemingly perfect marriage over the course of 24 years. I’m really excited to read this one – it sounds like a fascinating look behind the curtain of a complex and layered relationship.

2. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things has been praised as an hysterical, fearless, and eloquent exploration of the author’s battle with severe depression and anxiety. (And while it only just came out, it has nothing but five-star reviews on Amazon so far!)

3. Jules has been on a graphic novel kick lately, and the fanciful travelogue French Milk is at the top of her reading list: it chronicles Lucy Knisley’s journey to Paris with her mother as they both approach milestone birthdays.

4. It’s been awhile since I read a good historical novel, and The Miniaturist sounds intriguing and satisfyingly spooky. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, a young newlywed is gifted with an eerily accurate replica of her home, built and furnished by a mysterious figure who may control her fate.

5. When a bachelorette party takes a sinister turn, one woman must retrace the events of the weekend after waking up in the hospital with the knowledge that someone is dead. In a Dark, Dark Wood sounds like a really twisted version of The Hangover as told by Agatha Christie – don’t you think?
What are you guys reading right now? Our bookshelves may be overflowing, but we always love recommendations!

♥ Mil

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