10 Books for National Book Lovers Day
Calling all bookworms, today is your day! When we heard that August 9th was National Book Lovers Day, we decided we ought to celebrate this literary loving date with a post. Your faithful editors at The Nest polled our officemates (from The Knot, The Bump, The Blush and The Nest) to find out what books were on everyone’s summer reading lists. From classics to contemporary thrillers to foodie memoirs, our list includes a book for every taste. Here are ten favorite summer reads that we promise won’t disappoint:
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead"Whether you've got weddings on the brain or not, this novel is a good, light summer read. (The hilarious tale unfolds over a wedding weekend in New England.)"
- Rebecca Dolgin, Executive Editor
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson"I love a good memoir, especially if it involves a seriously amazing chef with a life story to match! Marcus Samuelsson's story is extremely well written and full of poignant moments. His passion for food and culture is evident throughout. His remarkable tale is inspiring and shows how dedication, sacrifices, determination and passion for what one does can lead to amazing things."
- Linda De Vito, Director, Marketing Partnerships-
Wallflower at the Orgy by Norah Ephron"Nora Ephron's recent death prompted me to pick up this anthology of some of her magazine articles from early in her career, and as a young writer, it's incredibly compelling and inspiring. I especially loved her brutally honest profile of Cosmopolitan magazine's founding editor."
- Vi-An Nguyen, Editorial Assistant
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn"This is a really well-written, well constructed thriller, but also a story about human behavior. It was a total page-turner. I loved that you thought the book was going in one direction, then it would completely veer and surprise you by revealing things about the characters that you would have never suspected. I can't tell you more or I'll spoil it for you!"
- Alison Bernstein, Vice President, Development
- Ysolt Usigan, site director of TheBlush.com
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner"If you haven't read anything by Wallace Stegner before, you're in for a treat: In my opinion, he's one of the great American writers. This novel is a portrait of a friendship between two couples, who meet during the Depression and stay friends for many decades. The characters are so vivid, you'll feel like they're your old friends. "
- Laura Fenton, interim Lifestyle Editor
Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table by Danyelle Freeman"My good friend (and fellow foodie) gave this to me as a graduation gift. It's broken down into international cuisines and what to expect when you're faced with a new menu, making it the perfect restaurant guide for New Yorkers. I learned that reading it before bed is a mistake--I always get hungry!"
- Rachel Sylvester, Editorial Assistant
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert"I loved this book! It's really easy to get into and extremely well written. It's a coming of age novel that centers around a young girl living in Hawaii and spans her lifetime dealing with issues of isolation, segregation and disease."
- Alexandra Braunstein, Email Marketing Manager
A Vintage Affair: A Novel by Isabel Wolff"My favorite books are those that remind you how your life affects someone else's. Every dress has a history, as does every person. This is a romantic story set in a vintage clothing shop that is layered with historical fiction. It's a super-cute read (especially for a fashion junky like myself)!"
- Heather Hall, Editorial Assistant
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand"I've spiffed up my pool days this summer by re-reading Ayn Rand's classic The Fountainhead. I first read it when I graduated high school, young and ambitious to begin my independent life. Re-reading it now as an adult and professional puts a different twist on it, and how I perceive all the characters. It's refreshing to re-visit the classics!"
- Rebecca Crumley, Weddings Photo Director