Just like how each course offers something different, from big flavors to palate cleansers, savory and sweet, nutritious and decadent, and something to wash it all down… each book brings it own flavor, individual charm and unique bit of satisfaction.
Feast on this…
I love food in the way I love books, many different kinds and lots of it! Here are my recommendations for a well balanced feast of books to add to your shelf!
Start With a Cocktail!
Kick it off with something that gives you a buzz, like the bizarre and entertaining Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky, the lively and funny Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson, or the tragic yet joyous Left on Tenth by Delia Ephron.
Enjoy an appetizer, a tasty, smaller portion. Choose something shorter that packs a meaningful punch, whets the whistle and makes you want more, like:
If you enjoy a big salad as your main course, try something substantial like Picture in the Sand by Peter Blauner, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge, Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro, Still Life by Sarah Winman or Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour.
For a hearty protein, something to sink your teeth into that is meaty and filling, choose Once We Were Home by Jennifer Rosner, The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, Honor by Thrity Umrigar, Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan or The Foundling by Ann Leary.
And don’t forget the vegetables, something nourishing and enriching to contribute to brain cells, like:
Don’t miss the beloved starch; addictive and compelling:
If you want second helpings, and I often do, enjoy a double dose by reading these wonderful novels from well loved authors:
I always treat myself to dessert, something something sweet and satisfying. Try Nora Goes off Script by Annabel Monaghan and be on the lookout for her new novel, Same Time Next Summer. Enjoy The Guncle by Steven Rowley and his new one available May 30th, The Celebrants. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni or Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde all hit the spot!
Most nights, the last thing I do before heading to bed is to indulge in a little junk food – nothing wrong with making some time for Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us and It Starts With Us, Verity, Heartbones or some fun and games, The Puzzler by AJ Jacobs.
At this point, it is clear that I am a genre hopper who enjoys all kinds of books as well as well balanced meals! I would love to know… what’s on your plate?