Wednesday, March 30, 2011

help!

I interrupt my not-even-started-yet Favorite Travel Memories posts to ask you a favor...

These are coming with me to Italia for my reading pleasure...
Italy reading

Except the magazines will be left on the plane {whether finished or not... sorry Gaga, you're dead weight!}. 

And, um.  I kinda finished One Day two days ago {excellent read, bee-tee-dubs - sharp British humor}.

Which leaves me with The Sound & the Fury {Evs finds it personally offensive that I've never read it, so into the tote it goes} and Fast Food Nation {a reread}... Both solid choices but not exactly lighthearted libros.  

I need recommendations... {this is where you, lovely readers, come in}... Something smartly-fun that I can download {on the husband's iPad... I have yet to be converted to the Dark Side} if Faulkner and Schlosser get a little too heavy for a holiday.  

If it's been super popular, chances are I've read it, so leave your favorite "non-daft, summer read that not everyone and their mother has read" in the comments, and if I download your pick, I'll bring you back a Kinder Sopresa!  

58 comments:

  1. Well this isn't light, but it's wonderful and I really think you would love it: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It's set en Espana. You could be super-cool like my mother-in-law and read the original in Spanish.

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  2. Ok, this maybe too light, but...Sweet Valley Confidential came out yesterday, and if you were into the Sweet Valley High series as a pre-teen like I was, I guarantee you'll love this sequel! Happy travels, can't wait to hear about your adventures.

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  3. I just finished the Pioneer Woman's new novel, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. It is such a cute and light read!

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  4. These are memoirs so you may find them heavy, but if you haven't read them I thought they were easy reads: The Longest Trip Home and A Long Way Gone.

    I will make 2 recommendations that may have been popular a few years ago (???) but I don't see them on blogs a lot...Into Thin Air and Snowflower and The Secret Fan.

    I also read a cute book by Jane Green last summer called The Beach House. Very mindless.

    And, one of my personal favorites is The House on First Street - about re-doing a home in post Katrina NOLA.

    Have fun!

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  5. Ok, these are definitely not light but I have recently enjoyed the following: Room, Model Home, Zeitoun, The Lotus Eaters, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Have so much fun!

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  6. May I preface this with the fact that I was an English Lit major in college...

    "Are You There Vodka? It's me, Chelsea." by Chelsea Handler was a fun read a few summers ago.

    One of my other favorite books is "The Shipping News" by E. Annie Proulx.

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  7. The book, The Kitchen Boy, was great! I read it a while ago and loved it. The Notebook is also wonderful as is,The Devil in the White City. Have a wonderful trip!

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  8. the last book i read and loved was "a dog's purpose."

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  9. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen is good - light, but not too light. Also, there's a new Jodi Picoult book out that I want to read, called Sing You Home.

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  10. The best book I read last year was "Let the Great World Spin" by Collumm McCann. It's not all that lighthearted (definitely not guilty pleasure chick reading), and in fact parts are very serious, but it's beyond well-written that its so beautiful and amazing. It's a truly American novel so maybe a good thing to bring along on your trip? If it's not "fun" enough, I highly suggest you read it after you get back. It's SO GOOD.

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  11. Not gonna lie...Tori Spelling's books are fun reads. I really liked all 3 of them. Keeping with the "reality tv" theme, Bethenny Frankel's "A Place of Yes" came out recently. Everything by Jen Lancaster is good. And this is a little random but Sheryl Crow has a new cookbook out named "If It Makes You Healthy". I feel like I can never read enough cookbooks for fun. Have an amazing trip!!!

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  12. ps I don't know where in the greater DFW area you live, but I live in Grapevine and we have a British emporium (yes. YES.) that sells all kinds of Kinder treats. You don't have to go international to get them!

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  13. Next on my bedside table is The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet: A Novel. Sadly I can't recommend this or not, as I've yet to start...BUT, I've read amazing reviews of it on goodreads. Enjoy your trip!

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  14. @Maureen - NO FREAKIN' WAY! The 'burbs have the BEST stuff... first HomeGoods, then the Asian emporiums and now... BRITISH emporiums! This is rocking my world! Sadly, I'm betting the Kinder Sopresa aren't there - they are banned in the U.S. b/c of "choking hazards" (pppppshaw!).

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  15. I picked up a book in the airport, 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.' It's non-fiction, but reads like a novel. I couldn't put it down... until I accidentally left it in the seat back pocket of the plane. Dumbass. My next trip to the airport -(un)fortunately I travel often - I scoured the airport bookstore for another copy. I can't recommend it more highly! A must read.

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  16. The Help is a good one, but I'm sure you've already read that. The latest off-the-beaten-path book I've read and liked was "A Good Indian Wife" by Anne Cheridan. Kind of a Pride and Prejudice with some cultural anthropology mixed in.

    Have a WONDERFUL trip - I love Italy and am super-jealous!

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  17. I am enjoying Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, but it's definitely a literary pick, and not exactly fluff. That said, it's fascinating, has a lot of kind of magical realism, and I can't stop reading it!

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  18. In addition to The Help recommmended above:

    1. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn
    2. The new Keith Richards autobiography
    3. Like Water for Elephants
    4. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller
    5. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (old school but I love this. Pick it up cheap at half price books)
    6.
    My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe

    Ciao!!!

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  19. How about some foodie memoirs from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gabrielle Hamilton? I'm not a foodie myself, but I can't get enough of these kinds of books.

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  20. I just started it, but Russell Brand's "My Booky Wook" has been pretty interesting and of course, entertaining, so far. Of course, you have to love his brand (pun intended) of humor.

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  21. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a good book. It's a little heavy in the beginning but gets pretty interesting. It was popular a few years ago and provides a lot of insight into greek family culture.

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  22. The Art of Racing in the Rain...as a dog owner, you will loooooove this book. Only problem is it will make you miss The Boom like woah.

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  23. PS....have SO much fun! You will be missed in the blog world. Can't wait to hear about your adventures and all the delicious food you eat while you're over there!!

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  24. Bringing Home The Birkin - Michael Tonello, hands down the perfect read for this vaca. His memoir of his years chasing Birkins around the world is not only the fastest read ever and hilarious - it's very topical as he finds himself in Italy several times! By far, my favorite destination to read about was Capri!

    Have a wonderful time1

    (http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Home-Birkin-Pursuit-Coveted/dp/0061473340/ref=tmm_pap_title_0)

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  25. Just remembered an actual light and entirely charming and delightful read: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I adored it.

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  26. Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk is my favorite book of all time-- it's an old one but very easy to read and so fun. It's the only book I've ever read twice in my life (other than books for class.) I Just sent my roommate to Costa Rica with it!

    have so much fun.
    xo,
    Ali

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  27. I didn't read through the comments to see if anyone has suggested this yet, but you can try Sloane Crosley's two short story collections. She has a fun, snappy writing style, so it should be the perfect brain candy for your vacation.

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  28. You might be looking for something a little more "up-with-the-times," but I recently finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender and gave it the rare 5-star rating on my Goodreads.

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  29. i'm sure you've read them, but i love all of Emily Griffin's books. perfect for an Ipad read since you can probably get through one in a day or so. And she's a Wake grad :)

    have so much! xoxo

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  30. I just finished a total fluff book called "How to Bake a Perfect Life". It was a fun quick read but it's about a bakery and I am DYING for home baked bread now!

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  31. Hmmmm. I love books about food and based on your blog posts you might as well. Therefore... Comfort Me With Apples (Ruth Reichl) or The Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry (Kathleen Flinn).

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  32. The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

    OR

    Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett (was Oprah Book Club pick a while back, but if you haven't read it yet, one of my fave books ever!

    Have fun in Italy!

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  33. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is amazing!

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  34. Anything by David Sedaris makes me laugh out loud, especially Me Talk Pretty One Day.

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  35. Since you're going to Italy, if you've never read Beach Music by Pat Conroy, get it - it's not exactly light, but it's a wonderful novel! Also, I can't wait to read the memoir from JFK, Jr's ex girlfriend called Come to the Edge - I think it SCREAMS vacation reading!

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  36. I'm finishing up A Discovery of Witches and have LOVED every page of it. It's Harry Potter meets Practical Magic meets something less fluffy that I can't think of. Great vacation reading.

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  37. So I wouldn't exactly say that it's "light," but I just finished Dickins's Bleak House and LOVED it. Prior to this point I'd never really considered myself a Dickens fan, but I found this one utterly charming.

    Have fun!

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  38. The Glass Castle. Easy read, occasionally comical in that 'every family is weird and crazy' sort of way with a dash of a coming of age story.
    http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Castle-Memoir-Jeannette-Walls/dp/074324754X

    Or

    The Art of Racing in the Rain. It was make you miss Boom, but any dog lovin' mama should read it. It's the story of a family told from the perspective of the dog. But, in a very smart and witty voice.
    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Racing-Rain-Novel/dp/0061537969/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

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  39. Can't remember whether you mentioned reading Water for Elephants. If not that seems to me like the clear winner.

    It's awesome sauce.

    http://www.amazon.com/Water-Elephants-Novel-Sara-Gruen/dp/1565124995

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  40. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. When my friend and I went to Aruba last summer she was so pissed she had to wait for me to finish that she would stay up after I went to bed just to read it. It grips you and you can't put it down!

    http://www.amazon.com/Outlander-Diana-Gabaldon/dp/0440212561

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  41. If you are looking for light-hearted, fun chic lit, I highly recommend anything by Sophie Kinsella, particularly Twenties' Girl (but NOT her latest in the Shopaholic series...yech). If you like the satirical chic-lit style, the classics are Plum Sykes' Bergdorf Blondes and Debutante Divorcee. I re-read those regularly, they are the best.

    If you are looking for a more intellectual read, you should try Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast." I am reading it now and falling in love with his writing style. It is a collection of his short essays about his life writing in Paris amongst the great intellectuals of the time (Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Fitzgerald), and it would be especially fun to read while you are on vacation in Europe.

    Have fun!

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  42. Funniest books I have read in a long time are any of Jen Lancaster's books. If you haven't read them, start with Bitter is the New Black and go from there. They're all memoirs, but pretty light reading and hilarious.

    I also wholeheartedly second the recommendations above for The Help, Water for Elephants, and Bringing home the Birkin. All great reads!

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  43. Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? It was a big hit with our book club. The best word I can think to describe it is "charming." It's also written as a series of letters, which makes it easy to put down and pick up without having to stop in the middle of a chapter.

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  44. I read the Lytton Family trilogy by Penny Vincenzi when I was last in Europe (Book 1 is No Angel). The books follow an aristocratic English family and are set in Europe, so it was kinda cool to be able to see some of the places they were written about. Each book is about 600 pages, but they go really fast and are incredibly interesting. Definitely some of my favorite books!

    Also recommended: The House at Riverton is fantastic. Russel Brand's My Booky Wook is absolutely hysterical and surprisingly deep and well-written. A Moveable Feast by Hemingway is a light book about Paris.

    Enjoy your travels! Xoxo,

    Sarah

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  45. Both of my recommendations are very well written and just beautiful reads:

    Dry by Augusten Burroughs
    Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn by Kris Radish

    Wishing you a safe and relaxing adventure!

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  46. ROOM! I've been hearing about this book a lot lately, so i downloaded it last night to read on my trip to Austin this weekend (I'm from PA), and, well, I'm going to have download something else, because I will be finished by tonight. The premise sounds depressing, which is why I resisted reading it for a while, but OMG. It's SO good, and SUCH a page turner. One of the best books I've read in a while...

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  47. Oh, and I second the suggestions for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks & Let The Great World Spin. But, if you're looking for a gripping page turner like nothing else you've ever read, go with Room.

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  48. The topic might now be "fun", but Inconceivable by Sean and Carolyn Savage is really great! Its about a couple who do IVF to find out they are pregnant with someone else's baby. Its a true story and an easy read.

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  49. For easy, humorous memoirs, I recommend "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" by Sloane Crosley, and her slightly-more-serious follow-up "How Did You Get This Number"

    Lots of sarcasm, but not so much that you feel bitchy after reading. I think you will like.

    Have an amazing trip!

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  50. I am a big fan of anything by Jane Green (Jemima J is my favorite, along with Bookends, Babyville and Mr. Right) and Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret and Do You Remember Me are all great)! I also read, and completely LOVED, Firefly Lane and Mystic Lake by Kristen Hannah. Happy reading!

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  51. the art of racing in the rain by garth stein or nightswimming

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  52. I really liked "A Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." Also liked "the help" and "solitude of prime numbers." and the new sewet valley (sweet valley confidential) just came out on tuesday, if you were into it when we were teenagers.

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  53. Open is Andre Agassi's autobiography. It's great, easy to read and very interesting. Even non-tennis fans will enjoy it!

    Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, a memoir by Piper Kerman is also a great, quick read. Tells the true story of her life in a federal prison in Connecticut after falling in with a (very) wrong crowd and ends up pleading guilty to money laundering and conspiracy drug smuggling.

    Both are great reads!

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  54. All books by Sophie Kinsella - I particularly love "Undomestic Goddess." I'm not a huge fan of her Shopaholic series, but the others are beyond hysterical. Others are: "Twenties Girl" "Remember Me."

    Have a FABULOUS trip!

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  55. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a good one, I'm halfway through it right now. Also, Water for Elephants is good but I'm sure you've already read it.

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  56. A few ideas - most of which are probably not very good. Pioneer Woman's Black Heels and Tractor Wheels is probably a light read and something you haven't yet gotten to.

    I really enjoyed The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls as it has a bit of 'smart' in it too.

    Room by Emma Donaghue was an easy read.

    Have you read Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides?

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  57. Thanks for doing this post and getting all of these comments. Just stocked up my own summer reading list! :)

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happy little comments!