Addendum to Late Summer 2015 Reading List

Here are a few more book suggestions from my friends to add to the late summer 2015 Books, Books, Booksreading list:

    • “The Rosie Project” by Graeme C. Simsion
    • “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom
    • “The Book of Colors” by Raymond Barfield
    • “Away” by Amy Bloom
    • “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
    • “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (seems to be the favorite summer read-suggested many times..and then Ben Affleck made the movie)

So many books, so little time!

I tried to think back to which books I’ve read in the past few months. These are the ones I remember (with gratuitous comments):

  • “A Girl Walked in to a Bar” by Rachel Dratch– Remember her from SNL? I’ve Rachel Dratchalways been a Rachel Dratch fan and thought her memoir was quite touching.
  • “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara– GAWD! This book was one on so many ‘must read’ lists, I read it. Bleh! I can not deny that it was well-written but reading it was a like slow torture. Misery, misery, and more misery and no respite for 1000+ pages. “Balkan Ghosts” was more of an upper. I read the ebook or else I would have launched the actual book at the deer in my garden (and probably broken a few antlers).
  • “Dead Wake” by Eick Larson– Interesting fictionalized account of the sinking go the Lusitania but no “ “The Devil in the White City”.
  • “Wrapped in Rainbows” by Valerie Boyd– Wow. This biography of Zora Neale Hurston blew me away. The writing was so-so but Zora’s life was fascinating! Wow. Wow. Wow. Read it!
  • “The Nightingale” by Kristine Hannah– Meh. Predictable but a good book for a Zora Neale H
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  • “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts-Could have used an editor with a chain saw but it was a good story…and it’s an autobiography!
  • “Far From the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy- Needed to reread it before I saw the movie. One of my favorite books as a 12 year old.
  • “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding- What can I say. It is a classic for a reason.
  • “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler- Had to read this after I read Rachel Dratch’s book. Pretty funny. Well-written, and I enjoyed reading about The Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre (since that’s where my oldest son has been since 2006).
  • “Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee- Big disappointment but so forgettable that the short and tragic life of robert peacemy reading of it has not tainted my love of “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.
  • “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” by Jeff Hobbs– Favorite book of the summer. READ THIS!!!!!
  • “God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison– Toni Morrison is my favorite author. This was not one of her best novels (IMHO), but a good read.
  • “Murder in the Marais” by Cara Black- A quick little murder mystery that takes place in Paris. Very enjoyable.
  • “Without You, There is No Us” by Suki Kim- The author poses as an English teacher in a North Korean University. Grim. Riveting.

OK! Ball’s in your court! What was your favorite summer read of 2015? The worst?

Rachel Dratch photo credit:By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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