Books that inspire and entertain the summer reader

These are the books I have read since I got to DC. I have never been so into reading as I have been while living here – maybe it is because while everyone else is talking politics, I am reading about people’s personal lives and drama considering I have no interest in politics (really – I’ve tried it out. I’ve even tried to fake an interest in politics in hopes of “fake it til you make it” actually being possible. It’s not). Here’s my list (in order)!

11 Minutes – Paulo Coelho

When I was first told to read this book, I didn’t know how interested I would be in it. However, when I finally picked it up and decided to read it after having it stare me in the face from my nightstand every day for about 3 weeks, I couldn’t put it down. I loved this book. It was passionate, entertaining, and sensual. Originally written in Portuguese and entitled Onze Minutos, Eleven Minutes has now been translated into more than 40 languages. It was a great summer read and provided insight into other cultures across the globe.

Harold and Maude – Colin Higgins

This was recommended to me by my friend Sandy who told me that plays were fun to read. I had never considered reading a play before, so when she handed me Harold and Maude, a plain white paperback book, I was anxious to begin reading it. I was sitting at a coffee shop cracking up by myself while reading this play. Maude was such a funny character that I couldn’t help but giggle at her wacky ways and charismatic personality. This may be a silly thing to mention, but I couldn’t tell if Harold was really magical and could kill himself infinite amounts of time with no consequence, or if he was just playing pranks on people. If anyone knows the answer to this inquiry, please leave note in the comment box on this blog!

Chasing Harry Winston – Lauren Weisberger

I bought this book when rummaging through the rows and rows of used books at Capitol Hill Books in DC. I had seen the movie The Devil Wears Prada, so I imagined anything written by that author had to be good – I imagined right. This book was Sex and the City meets Friends. I loved the development of all the characters and the friendship that these three single Manhattan women shared. This was by far my favorite chick lit of the summer. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy entertaining read!

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

I had heard of Tuesdays with Morrie before, I may have even read it at some point, but I don’t remember. When I saw that this book was by the same author, I was slightly intrigued. It was a quick and easy read, and very entertaining. There were a lot of times when I reached for a pen to underline an inspiring or memorable quote because the book was saturated with life lessons. It also was refreshingly non-predictable. Every time I thought I knew what was coming next, I turned out surprised and interested even more. I commend Mitch Albom for that because majority of the books I find myself reading are all “happy ending” books. In the end of this book, I wasn’t sad, but I was still tearing up! I don’t know why – I just really liked this story.

Currently reading:

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

I just finished the “Eat” portion of this book and I am loving it so far. It is a little different than the other books I have read this summer in that it actually contains some intellectual importance. So far I have learned a great deal about Italian culture and have jotted down some names of restaurants I would have to try for when I make my own trip to Italy. She explains the positives and the negatives of all areas of Italy and goes through a brief history of the country as well. In all seriousness, I think about food the entire time I am reading this book. It makes me want to eat…even if I just had a huge dinner. In chapter 27, she describes in great detail the most amazing pizza I could ever imagine. She even explains how to locate this famous Pizzaria (Pizzaria da Michele) and I have every intention of locating this place when I visit Naples. I am looking forward to reading the Pray and Love part before the movie comes out on August 13! Julia Roberts seems to be a good fit for the main character.

If you have any suggestions for further reading, please let me know! I am always looking for interesting reads!


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