My reading habits have really been unpredictable since graduating from college. I guess that’s what happens when you are forced to read 1000 pages a week, which by the way is the best and worst part of being an English major. I am not a very fast reader, especially if I am reading non-fiction for comprehension, but being forced to read lots of different authors/genres/styles has definitely kept me “open” when it comes to picking out books — I don’t stick to one thing.
I read plenty of good books this year (and also stalled amidst some pretty terrible ones that eventually put down) but here are are few favorites:
1. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
I mentioned this one over and over this year because the stories were so inspiring and the recipes were so delicious. And what a double whammy that Molly’s blog continues to be a source of inspiration now that the book is over. Love that!
2. The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
I loved this because Sittenfeld really has a knack for capturing the awkwardness of the teenage experience. With all of her books I’ve found that she can really describe a situation to make the reader feel like they are there — and she does it concisely. Not an extra word. Just the right words.
3. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
This book just absolutely thrilled me because I didn’t really anticipate enjoying it. It was such a moving book of short stories (especially the last three — oh my god — so good!) that I found myself totally bummed when it ended. That book will stay with me for a long time.
4. The United States of Arugula by David Kamp
David Kamp is a writer for Vanity Fair and that is exactly how this book reads — like an extended juicy magazine article. Obviously I love cooking, but what is interesting in this book is sociological reasons behind the shift in perspective that Americans have gone through over the last 75 years. It also details a number of key players in the culinary industry, which for a Top Chef geek like me is kind of interesting. I loved the human interest pieces on those people and events that I have heard of but never really known the history of. All around good read.