With merely a month left of summer, the time has come when we must start pondering when to dock the boat, cover the pool and put the lawn chairs away until next summer…but only think about it, because they’re at least four more weeks of beach weather left yet! While it’s true that you may not need another swimsuit, you could definitely use some reading material for the rest of your lakeside lounging. Not to worry if you’ve already finished your summer reading list; we’ve scrounged up a couple favorites of our own to recommend and even threw in a couple movies in the event of freak summer storm. Dog ear these!
How Did You Get This Number? — Sloane Crosely
In this collection of hilariously detailed personal essays, author Sloane Crosely finds humor in her romantic failings with men and cultural misunderstandings in her journey to various cities across the world. In How Did You Get This Number? Crosley tells of the odd scenarios she finds herself in (such an Alaskan wedding ceremony featuring bears and the underground art performance in Portugal involving nudity) with a mix of shock, bewilderment and wit.
Her Fearful Symmetry — Audrey Niffenegger
Once upon a time, in 19th century London, visiting cemeteries and perusing the aisles of gravestones was not an entirely morbid activity, in fact it was a rather joyous and social event. Such is the time in which Her Fearful Symmetry takes place. When an English woman named Elspeth dies with conflicts left unresolved – namely a pair warring twin nieces, a lover with a penchant for graveyards and a hotly contested estate — Elspeth must discover how to achieve closure for herself and others from beyond the grave. Humorous and whimsical Her Fearful Symmetry is filled with endearing characters and relatable concepts — loss, death and lasting love.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larsson
The satisfyingly conclusion to the Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest picks up immediately where the last book left off — in a suspenseful life or death situation in which our spitfire heroine Lisbeth Salander is at it’s center. Full of political intrigue, scandal and Swedish national espionage, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is as much of a page turner as it’s predecessors. Will our brave and complicated protagonist finally let muck-racking journalist Mikael Blomqvist get her out of trouble? Can he succeed? Find out!
Furious Love — Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
For those fed up with the endless parade of modern day celebrity scandal — the fake weddings and televised rehab trips — indulge your sense of nostalgia with a journey back into the golden age of Hollywood when the most famous couple in the world was Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Attending royal balls and hob-knobbing with the Kennedys, Taylor and Burton were “the couple of the century,” yet their tumultuous romance was filled with promiscuity, grandiose and debauchery. Furious Love recalls this glamorous coupling and suggests that after two marriages and divorces to each other, at the time of Burton’s death the love affair was just getting started.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake — Aimee Bender
When eight-year-old Rose discovers she can taste people’s feelings in the food they make – be it pudding, apple fritters or jello – she discovers that having insight into others’ emotions can be an invaluable tool for connection as well as a devastating burden, especially when it comes to the feelings of her family, fraught with zany characters and heartbreaking secrets. Rose’s ability is magical, but will anyone believe she even has it? The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a about embracing your own unique gifts and coming to grips with the imperfection of family.
Eat Love Pray
Yes! The simultaneous tear-jerker and feel-good novel, Eat, Love, Pray, beloved by anyone who’s ever needed find themselves is finally coming to theaters — and with Julia Roberts, no less! Watch our favorite pretty woman get dumped, eat pasta, ride elephants, fall in love and discover her bliss in this long awaited film that does justice to the much-adored story by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I Am Love
Watch Tilda Swinton as Emma in I Am Love. The matriarch of a wealthy Italian family living in Milan, polished Emma’s life begins to unravel as she falls for a much younger man (who also happens to be her son’s friend) and the power positions within her traditional family begin to shift. Emma soon finds that she must choose between her carefully ordered life and her passion for her new lover, the costs being greater than she imagined.