The last time I did a reading guide in the Summer it turned out to be the best thing I could have done because I finished all those books and it felt good to be reading again! I wanted to create a guide, more so for myself, of what I hope to read in the next few months and hopefully you'll share some recommendations with me too!
First let's start with my most recent read - if you liked House of Cards and Erin Brockovich you'll really like The List.
I always feel a little weary giving book recommendations because everyone's tastes are so different, but this was a great read and if I have to award stars I'd give a 4.5/5. It kept me really engaged and it was one of those books that I felt like I needed to finish, I needed to know what happened next and I really started thinking about the characters.
On My Radar
Carly recommended Biglaw and I actually downloaded it over the weekend. I've already been sucked into the book mostly because I worked at a global law firm prior to my current role and witnessed some of these things mentioned first hand. The more ridiculous something sounds - the more probable it is that it actually happened!
"Mackenzie Corbett has always dreamed of living in New York City. Now, almost two years into her job as an associate at a premier Manhattan law firm, she's living her fantasy--big salary, high profile deals, cute boyfriend, designer bag on her arm. The giant bags under her eyes from lack of sleep don't fit into the fantasy, though. To make matters worse, she's being tormented by a bitter, bitchy senior associate, her boyfriend is annoyed she never has time for him, and now she's stuck on the deal from hell with a partner whose biggest claim to fame is throwing a stapler at a cleaning lady because she touched his ficus plant.
With the opportunity to secure a prestigious secondment on line, the overachiever in her is determined to endure whatever it takes to close the biggest deal in the firm's history. But when Mackenzie finds herself the focus of a devastating investigation her dream job begins spiraling into a nightmare."
I was between Everybody Rise and Leave Your Mark - I really wish I would have started with Everybody Rise. Leave Your Mark was just okay - it wasn't anything I hadn't already read from other social media savvy ladies and the book came off a bit braggish rather than informative. I still learned a few things, but would have much rather started with Everybody Rise! I feel based on the description it will be a good escape for the Winter coming!
Everyone yearns to belong, to be part of the "in crowd," but how far are you willing to go to be accepted? In the case of bright, funny and socially ambitious Evelyn Beegan, the answer is much too far...
At 26, Evelyn is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York's glamorous Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them.
Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.
A Paris Apartments was one of the recommendations after I finished The List. This is totally a book I'm judging by the cover and based on that I hope it means I'll love it!
When April Vogt's boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words "dust" or "rats" or "decrepit." She hears Paris. She hears escape.
Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder's repository. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). Whether accompanied by croissants or champagne, this delectable debut novel depicts the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the present day with vibrant and stunning allure. Based on historical events, Michelle Gable's A Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women.
When I saw the title of the book - I knew it would be on my reading list! I'm such a sucker for anything Charleston related and reading the synopsis made it feel like a Nicholas Sparks novel - which I've never read, I just watch the movies!
When Eliza Poinsett left the elegant world of Charleston for college, she never expected it would take her ten years to return. Now almost a decade later, she is an art historian in London with a charming Etonian boyfriend who adores her. But the past catches up with her when she runs into Henry, her childhood love, at a wedding in the English countryside.
Charleston is an evocative, melancholy novel about one woman’s love—for both a man and an unforgettable city. Emotionally resonant, beguiling in its atmosphere, it illuminates the elusive notion of home, and explores whether we can we truly ever go back to the place—and the people—that indelibly shaped us.
I'm hoping to make it to this book by the end of the season - but it might be one that has to be saved for a beach read. Seems light and fresh, which is exactly what I like in my books!
A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire.
What's on your reading list this season? Any other recommendations?
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