July 22, 2014

reading list

reading list | TWELFTH AVENUE

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. After playing coy with one another for a year or so, I finally picked up this novel at Powell’s last Friday and took it on a date to Clear Lake over the weekend. I’m about a third of the way in and deep into the can’t-put-it-down phase of our relationship. This book is beautiful, heart-wrenching, clever and funny all at once. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. This novel is patiently waiting on my nightstand while I finish Beautiful Ruins. Although I am very excited to read it, I am also bracing myself for intense heartbreak. The Light Between Oceans is a tale of isolation, courage, loss and difficult choices in the face of morality. I’ll have my box of tissues at the ready for this one.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. One of my favorite things to study and discuss is why we (as humans) do what we do. This wildly popular book uses a narrative style, backed by scientific research, to explain why habits exist and how we can change them. My friends and family are probably sick of me referencing this book, but I can’t help it – it’s so interesting!

Summer Food by Paul Lowe, Nina Dreyer Hensley and Jim Hensley. Food porn alert! How can I resist a book brimming with recipes for light and flavorful summer fare? This would also make such a lovely hostess gift.