When the summer arrives with a gentle breeze carrying the sweet scent of sun-opened flowers—perhaps honeysuckle or butterfly bush—do you really want to be inside working? Or is laying on the grass reading a captivating book a much better reward for your recent diligence? A story that transports you to foreign places, different mindsets, new language. Scenes from places you have never been. A vacation without the hassle of airport security.
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.— Groucho Marx
Here are reads I’ve enjoyed recently—some are new releases and others were written awhile ago. It’s a mixed bag of genres— some are humorous, others travel memoirs, and a few are emotionally fraught and spiritually redemptive.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (same author as Bel Canto)
Euphoria by Lily King
A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8) by Louise Penny
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (follow-up and also very funny)
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Please send me your favorite reads, too. A good book is a nutritious, tasty meal and fine reward after all that spring cleaning and bill paying.