Bibliophile: I

2011 August 1
by Grace Boyle

Oh, hello. If you haven’t caught on, I’m a geek for books. My mom has video footage of me “reading” out loud to her and going through books, even before I could talk.

I’ve been reading a lot this Summer so I thought I would share some books I’ve read recently. Periodically, (read: when I remember) I’ll post a roundup of books and hopefully, you will enjoy or maybe find a new book to read. I may too!


If You Have to Cry Go Outside & Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn

Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

This round shows a trend of food and memoirs (both funny and heart wrenching).

Now you? What have you read lately? Did you love or hate these books if you’ve read them? I suggest them all.

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  • Natasha Hollerup

    Have you read Four Kitchens by Lauren Shockey? It just came out and a lot of people said it’s really good.

  • Grace Boyle

    I haven’t! That sounds right up my alley. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the recommendation :)

  • Tammy

    I love books! I read The Sharper Your Knife earlier this year – quite a good read! I’m reading a new one by one of my favorite authors, Cathy Lamb. This one is called First Day of the Rest of My Life. (My favorite of hers remains her first – Julia’s Chocolates). Love her style!

  • Grace Boyle

    Me too, Tammy! Thanks for the Cathy Lamb book. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Jeremy Orr

    Summer is when I am not working and get to catch up on all my reading. Here is my summer read list as it stands:

    Currently reading: A Clash of Kings by George RR MartinJust (re)read: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    Before that: A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
    Before that: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
    Before that: Five Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth by The Oatmeal
    Before that reread: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    It’s been a good summer.

  • Tracy Schwartz

    Top 4 Books right now that I have read and love:

    1)Normal Gets you Nowhere-Kelly Cutrone
    2) A Place of Yes- Bethenny Frankel
    3) Four Kitchens-Lauren Shockey
    4) The Happiness Project – Gretchin Rubin

    So many more books on my list to read and can’t wait to hear your next books!!

  • Grace Boyle

    The second recommendation for Four Kitchens. I definitely need to read it. Thanks for your recs and hopefully you liked mine or find a new one to read.

  • Grace Boyle

    Nice! Thanks for the sharing. I’m saving all these books.

  • terra

    I’m currently in the middle of Infinite Jest and it’s okay. Crazy and complicated, but okay. I’m committed at this point.

    I LOVED the Bell Jar. I read it in college and was very much moved by it.

    Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood? It’s amazing and brilliant.

  • Grace Boyle

    The Bell Jar was very moving. It was on my list for a while. Sad, painful, interesting and real.

    I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale – it’s now on my list! Thank you :)

  • Kita

    I’ve read a lot of those and the ones I’ve read  (Foer, Plath, McCann, Allende) were all good. I’ll have to check out the others. This Is Where I Leave You is probably the funniest book I’ve ever read. Also, I love Jennifer Haigh. I read “Mrs. Kimble” and am now reading “The Condition”. Lastly, I recently read “A Visit From The Goon Squad” and want to read some more of her writing too. 

  • Grace Boyle

    Kita, these are great recommendations. I have been wanting to read Jennifer Haigh. The food memoirs are well-written and interesting, definitely more light-hearted than the likes of Plath but I couldn’t put them down. Let me know if you read them and what you think :) I’ve been gobbling books up lately. I’ve added yours to my list.

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