When I have too much quiet and/or free time on my hands, I tend to go on massive reading binges. Occasionally, this results in me reading books with actually literary merit. More often, this results in me reading many books that are variations on the same theme. One such reading binge took place the two weeks before I moved. I was up to roughly one book per day while I was packing for the move that took place a couple weeks ago. Here is what I read.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – This book was probably the most unexpectedly good book I’ve read this year. TBH, I was kind of expecting to hate it. It is the truly engaging story of a most unconventional family in the midst of a bizarre mystery. The author’s writing of Bernadette’s point of view was intriguing. Highly recommend.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor – I had been wanting to read this one for a while, actually. I had seen it on several “Summer Beach Read” lists. Since I had no actual plans to visit a beach, I decided to staycation with an evocative novel or two. This one was just the ticket. A fantastic story about the complications and rewards of going home again, set against a lovely, beachy backdrop. Highly recommend.
The House at Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax – Honestly, I chose this one thinking that it would be an easy, uncomplicated romance read. It wasn’t – it was actually much better. A novel about love at different stages, shown through the intertwining lives and relationships of a group of friends and coworkers of different ages. This is part of series, though I didn’t realize that until I was partway through – there’s enough background that it makes a lovely standalone read.
Here is where we get to my oddly fanatical binge reading habits . . . My theme for part of this reading binge was modern retellings of Pride & Prejudice. They are all variations on the same story, so I can only recommend that you read all of them if you have my particular fondness for reading the same story again and again. I am only going to hit the obvious tweaks here, since we’re all more or less familiar with the story. I enjoyed all of them a lot – Eligible probably has the most literary value.
Modern Pride & Prejudice Reading List:
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld – Set in Cincinnati, of all places. Darcy is a doctor, Elizabeth is a journalist. Highly recommend.
Fitzwiliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud – Set on a music tour. Darcy is, obviously, a Rock Star, Elizabeth is in a band.
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini – Set in Britain. Darcy is a judge, Elizabeth is lawyer.
Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton – Don’t remember the setting, actually. California? Darcy is a rich philanthropist with OCD, Elizabeth is a doctor.
Do you have any fabulous book recommendations? Please share in the comments!