08 May, 2009

Summer Reading

During the winter I get completely caught up in all the trashy reality shows and truly only read during my nightly Eloise bubble bawth. But, once spring rolls around I'll start preparing the collection of books for my "big summer read". I try and compile a good balance of passably smart reads with good ole fashioned beach trash. This year's line up includes...

Two books by local Georgetown hostess, and current owner of Grey Gardens, Sally Quinn. What better way to get the inside scoop and hopefully form a little sentimental attachment to my new neighborhood.

The new anti-diet diet book from Bethenny Frankel of RHof NYC fame. Ummm, I'll have what she's having if I can look like her...

The debut novel from Isabel Gilles who starred in one of my all time fav prep, must-see movies, Metropolitan. I have heard nothing but great things about this book.

Hedge Fund Wives and the ex-mrs. hedgefund...need I say more?

Joseph Campbell and Mattie Stepanek are both philosophical books I try and read a little from each night. Heartsongs should be required reading for all but The J.C. Companion is not for the faint of heart or faith.

Probably the three I am most looking forward to are my Rita Mae Brown's. They are part of her fox hunting murder/mystery series that I can not get enough of. I just want to crawl inside these books.

James Brady's Gin Lane and The House That Ate the Hamptons are oldies but goodies. It's been long enough that I may be able to forget the endings as I immerse myself back into my beloved South Fork mysteries. I think I also recall having one from him called Further Lane...

Okay, the Ken Follett book is an Oprah book that i raced out to buy but never got around to starting. It will most likely be sandwiched between the hedge fund trash just to keep them guessing on the beach.

I am secretly addicted to Phillipa Gregory's Tudor novels. I started with The Other Boleyn Girl and have since read every other one in the series. I just wish the covers didn't appear so tacky and romance novel-y. Not so good for the rep...

Lordy, The Omnivore's Dilemma is going to haunt me til I finish it. It's pages are still filled with sand from last summer's attempt to get through it but, this year I am determined. Anyone who says they enjoyed this book is lying through their teeth. I just want to be able to say I read it.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle...I'll admit it, I don't have high hopes but it seems to be the must read and I promised bff Kimba to give it a try.

I heard Trevor Corson interviewed about his book The Zen of Fish on NPR and it sounded so fascinating. He went behind the scenes to learn the art of making and eating sushi. And, to be completely honest, I just want to have impressive skills for my next visit to The Cultured Pearl.

The bottom 4 are all Oprah recommended self-help books that I have a certain weakness for. Oprah and self-help.

On it's way to moi...Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler that I won in the Hillbilly Debutante giveaway. This looks fabulous and may even bump the hedge fund goodies in order of priority. Thanks Kathie!

Still on my Amazon wish list; Katherine Graham's Personal History, Julia and Julie: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, and My Sister's Keeper.

But at this moment, while still under the influence of root canal pain, pain pills and starvation, it's just me, US magazine and a hot bubble bawth...


  1. What an impressive stack....I have read many, loved
    Gillies book - now finishing up "The Ten Year nap" and loved "French for all Seasons" - I listened to the audio in the car - Try audio to keep the list moving...
    You should write reviews during the summer....!

  2. That's a nice, hefty list for a great summer of beaching and reading.
    I too read more in the summer- I can read and catch some sun, so that's multi-tasking! Hope you're feeling a bit better each day.

  3. Ohhh I have a whole other library in the car...books on tape are fab for road trips. In fact, 'Julia and Julie' in audio should arrive today in time for my trip to the beach. Fingers crossed...XXOO

  4. Allie...I hope that you are feeling better today! If I could offer humbly, a few other book suggestions that I promise you'll love....

    The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel

    Cathedrals of the Flesh: In Search of The Perfect Bath by Alexia Brue

    Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood By Martin Booth

  5. That's a ton of books! If you (or any of your readers) can squeeze another one in, I HIGHLY recommend The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Just google it. It is amazing.

  6. Oh great list of books. I'm going to have search some of those books out as well.

    Pillars of the Earth is hands down one of my favorite books and I read it before it was on Oprah's list!

    Amazing. It's like 1,000, but I took it with my on honeymoon and was obsessed. If you look at pictures of me on my honeymoon you will that book in many shots. My poor hubby!

    Put it to the top of your must read list!

  7. Oooo thanks for all the recommendations...heading to Amazon now to expand my wish list. And, I'm back to looking forward to Pillars of the Earth. Merci everyone!

    If I may add recommendations for my fav 3 books of the past year or so...The Glass Castle, The Red Tent and The Kite Runner. All superb. XXOO

  8. You also have to read "Social Climbers" by Beth Dunn. I'm going to order that one today.

    I will get up first thing in the morning and mail your book. It's coming from Alexandria, so hopefully you'll have it by Monday.


  9. Gosh, she's one of my followes too. I will most def add that book to my list, thanks for the reminder! XXOO

  10. I think I will "borrow" your readings. The James Brady novels sound like books that will be very good for me, also the Sally Quinn book. I have never seen Metropolitan, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for mentioning the books. Hope you're feeling better, you're kitties are beautiful.

  11. I love to read and I'm always looking for suggestions. I'll definitely have to check a few of these out. Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. I cannot wait for the new Pat Conroy book which is supposed to be out in August. Some of these suggestions will have to hold me until then - thanks!

  13. Pat Conroy has a new book coming out?! He's is one of my favorite authors and The Prince of Tides one of my all time fav books! I will head over to Amazon now to look into pre-ordering so thank you. If you have not already, please check out his cookbook. I highly recommend it and his vinegarette from a restaurant in Italy has become somewhat of a signature of mine.

  14. Pillars of the Earth is amazing! you must read it. i was a little intimidated by the length, but you fly through it.

  15. I didn't love the Julie/Julia Project book. I was an avid fan of the blog, but was disappointed with the book. Slightly boring and I couldn't wait for it to end.

    I have high hopes for the movie though. Meryl!

  16. I love those Rita Mae Brown hunt books, as well as her other mysteries.

    I loved "Regrets Only", and now I need to read the other one.

    You should come up to B-more and trawl through our FREEEEEE book store, open weekends. Click here to see what goodies I've found there.

  17. LOVED It Happens Every Day. I read it almost in one sitting. Could hardly put it down. :)

    Metropolitan is also one of my favs along with all the other Whit Stillman movies.

  18. FYI: My understanding is that it was based off of St. Albans as well. No?