With school being out of session this summer, my reading has been on fire. I've read a ton of great books in the past few months and I'm disappointed that the break is coming to an end. But I'm hopeful that my reading will continue.
This week I started The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan. I'm really enjoying it so far. My favorite characters are Delphine, the French woman whose relationship is in a shambles, and Kate, the one who refuses to marry her longtime partner. Those two characters are, thus far, the most interesting and complex. This one has been on my radar since before it came out in 2013, so I'm very glad to finally be getting to it.
Since it's almost time for back to school, I've been thinking about clothes a lot. I've been consulting a couple of my favorite clothing books so I can make sure I've got what I truly need. A while back, I decided to pare down my wardrobe and also primarily focus on wearing black, white, and gray. I can get dressed so much more quickly because I don't have to think when I get dressed. I recently decided to add navy blue to the mix as neutrals. In my opinion, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas, and Lessons from Madame Chic, by Jennifer L. Scott, are two of the best (though they both cover WAY more than just what to buy). They both cause me to focus on what I want and need to round out my closet, which makes shopping infinitely easier. I still look at all the wares because something else might catch my eye, but I'm not in a frenzied state, buying a ton of items I really can't afford.
I've also been in an organizing mood lately. I haven't actually done a whole lot of organizing, but I've been thinking about it. This means that I'll probably be pulling out one of my favorite lifestyle guides, Maria Menounos's The EveryGirl's Guide to Life. This one covers a lot of areas to be organized, like your home and your office. I usually wind up consulting it before the start of every school year, when I'm still hopeful that my life won't be a hot mess. I keep meaning to read The Art of Getting Things Done, but I just freeze every time I start. Maybe I need to find a digest version.
I have a few things incoming that I'm looking forward to--Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Siracusa by Delia Ephron. Homegoing is one that I've been hearing a lot about recently. I've heard that the novel brings you from Africa through the antebellum South and into the Harlem Renaissance, which I think is really interesting. I love lengthy sagas. Americanah is one that I've bought before, but I can't remember whether I donated it or if it's still at my parents' house. So I went ahead and ordered a new copy. If my old copy shows up, I'll pass it along to a friend. And Siracusa is the Book of the Month that I selected. I know nothing about it other than what is written on the Book of the Month Club website. I loved Nora Ephron, but have never read anything by her sister, Delia, so I want to give it a try. I've heard that it has some mixed reviews, so we'll see. I'm hoping to finish The Engagements by the time it arrives.
What have you been reading lately?