Bookworm: May 2015

"My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind of book that I would like to read. If I can make it clear and interesting and compelling to me, then I hope maybe it will be for the reader." -David McCullough

May offered me the perfect opportunity to bookworm out...two eight-hour flights to/from Paris! I also love taking advantage of my building's gorgeous rooftop space to head up, soak up some sun, and plow through a book (or two) on nice afternoons. I did keep it light this month, though, after reading David McCullough's spellbinding "The Greater Journey" on the way home from Paris...most of these selections are geared at young adult readers, and were just light and fluffy enough to plow through in an afternoon.

 Without further ado: 


The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan: This is basically the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton's romance, recast with Kate as an American. It is an utter delight - witty and smart and gossipy, but so well-written that each character is vivid and interesting in his or her own stead. 

The Greater Journey, David McCullough: This examination of Americans' enduring fascination with and expatriation to Paris throughout history kept me riveted, especially fresh off my own visit to the city with my mom and Em! 

The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins: It took me a bit to get into this au courant thriller, but once I did I was completely sucked in. I stayed up til nearly 1am in Paris finishing it under a blanket so I didn't keep my mom and Em awake - what an insane set of twists and turns! 


The Selection, Kiera Cass: All of these Kiera Cass novels are indisputably for young-adult readers, and I'm ashamed to admit I was drawn in because of their gorgeous covers. 

The Elite, Kiera Cass

The One, Kiera Cass

The Prince, Kiera Cass

The Guard, Kiera Cass

The Queen, Kiera Cass

Sunlight and Shadow, Cameron Dokey

Golden, Cameron Dokey


The Storyteller's Daughter, Cameron Dokey

Midnight Pearls, Debbie Vigue

To All The Boys I've Ever Loved, Jenny Han