Corley May, avid reader and middle school librarian, gives us her recommendations for books that are the perfect recipe for relaxation on your honeymoon, or on any getaway.
Tart and Fluffy
The Royal We; Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Written by the authors of the popular (and hilarious) Go Fug Yourself fashion blog, The Royal We tells the fictional (although possibly prophetic?) story of Bex and Nick, and the drama and magic of their love story. This absolutely delightful book is perfect for the reader who has consumed every bit of Royal Wedding content out there and still has a craving for the butterflies-in-the-belly feeling one can only get from a magical romance between a charming British prince and the American girl of his dreams.
Cool and Refreshing
Spoonbenders; Daryl Gregory
This novel is the story of The Amazing Telemachus family, led by a con man and made up of a mom who can astrally project, a daughter who is a human lie detector, and two sons gifted with telekinesis and clairvoyance, respectively. As the next generation of the family is coming of age, the family starts to face problems brought on by their patriarch’s false claims and the very real dangers that present themselves as a result. This book holds a taste of romance, a healthy dose of suspense and adventure, and an undercurrent of the power and resilience of family, however complicated things may get. It’s a fun read that will leave you rooting for everyone, whether you condone their behavior or not.
Rich and Savory
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready; Meaghan O’Connell
This book is about so much more than pregnancy and motherhood. While O’Connell’s motherhood experience shapes her narrative, her story is a bravely honest look at her relationships with her partner, her friends, her mother, her child, and herself. She is wickedly funny and delightfully clever, and I caught myself laughing out loud or cringing in solidarity at least once a chapter. I finished this one the afternoon I got it, and I have been thinking about it ever since.
Spicy and Charred
Michelle McNamara’s tireless research into the crimes committed by the seemingly uncatchable Golden State Killer resulted in this absolutely riveting book. The timeliness of this book and the masterful telling of the story within will leave readers feeling breathless and exhilarated and probably more than a little on edge. McNamara writes about the terrible circumstances of this case with a grace that weaves together facts, evidence, and her own thoughts and opinions into a rich and compelling tapestry of a story. Tragically, McNamara passed away in April of 2016: two years before the posthumous publication of her book and the capture and arrest of the Golden State Killer. This book and its success are a testament to her hard work and blazing talent.
Small, Satisfying Bites
You Think It, I’ll Say It; Curtis Sittenfeld
When it comes to creating compelling, flawed characters with depth and honesty, Curtis Sittenfeld is a master. Her latest collection of short stories is a testament to her talent. These stories are an exploration of relationships: real and imagined, close and strained, romantic and familial. The narration gives voice to the characters’ internal monologues, offering juicy insight into the differences between things as they are and things as we imagine them to be. The characters are relatable in a way that felt, at moments, like Sittenfeld had somehow accessed my own thoughts and used them for story fodder. Short stories are perfect for reading in small bites, but this collection is dangerously easy to indulge in without realizing how much time has passed.