Bookworm: June 2015

Loved: 

The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom--a dark and riveting account of pre-Civil War slavery told from the perspective of a white indentured servant and a black kitchen slave.

Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner--frothy and fun, but also a pretty critical look at society's prejudices and opinions about weight and relationships. A bit dated, but still enjoyable. 

Revenge Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger--the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, and just as fun and snarky. 

Enjoyed: 

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Courtney Maum--The tale of a marriage, an affair, and the aftermath, set in Paris at the dawn of the Iraq war. Stunning vernacular, and the scenes of Paris all grabbed me at the heart. A choice quote: "No woman possessed more confidence in her appearance than Paris." 

Everyone Worth Knowing, Lauren Weisberger--A slightly outdated but still super light, funny chick-lit offering from the author of The Devil Wears Prada. 

Chasing Harry Winston, Lauren Weisberger--Another fun, fluffy perfect rooftop read for anyone in a romantic quarter-life crisis. 

Tolerated: 

Grey, E.L. James--because, DUH, I'm not going to not read the only book everyone else in the world is talking about. 

How To Start a Fire, --Three super screwed-up friends from college tell their tales in VERY non-chronological order and end up rediscovering their friendship. 

Re-reads: 

The White Princess, Philippa Gregory--part of the "Cousin's War" series about the Plantagenets, this installment covers the union of Elizabeth of York and Henry VII, including his obsession with the foundation of the Tudor dynasty over the York "pretenders." I'm a dork, I love it, whatever. 

The Morning Gift, Eva Ibbotson--I've loved Eva Ibbotson since I was in middle school. The way she writes makes me happier than just about any other author. 

Magic Flutes, Eva Ibbotson--Vienna, the opera, a love story, and a healthy dose of humor.