Summer Reading: Gone Girl

It’s summer.  That means it’s time for summer reading.  I put down Anna Karenina (started that last January) and decided to go for page turners the next few months.  And I’m putting down the magazines.  We get a ridiculous number:  The Economist, New Yorker, NY Mag, US Weekly, Vanity Fair, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, Elle, Outside, Details, Wired, Afar,  In Style, GQ and the Robb Report.  Needless to say, we’ve cashed in quite a few random airline miles.

It makes me stressed seeing the list since I’m a type A magazine reader and like to read all articles.  The weeklies are killing me.  But I’m just saying “no” and am going to choice just an article or 2, and try and get through some books.

Last weekend, knocked out Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on the train from Boston to New York.  I had seen it advertised (in the New Yorker).  I’d like to think it’s a smart page turner.

And Reese’s company bought the movie rights.  Interested in seeing how it turns out.

Check it out on Amazon here.

From the WSJ article on Friday July 20th:  http://on.wsj.com/MB09Gq

Book Club: One Day

Book club.  And Katie was our host for our book, One Day.  I read the book, but didn’t have a chance to watch the movie before we met.  I can’t say I’m so happy with the surprise towards the end (none of us were).  So now I want to see the movie to see how it’s portrayed on the big screen.  But it’s a very quick and engaging read if you need something that moves quickly over your holiday break.

Of course we had wine.  Katie’s off to Patagonia later this month, so something from Chile worked well.

And our macaroni cheese bites.  I need the recipe for these.  Bite size mac and cheese?

And we can’t end the evening without dessert.  Brownies are my hands down favorite dessert.

And in case you want to follow our club, check out September and November.

Book Club: The Lotus Eaters

Book Club again, a small group of us, but we are continuing on!  This month was The Lotus Eaters, which follows a female photographer in Vietnam.  I thought it was very fascinating for a fiction piece.  And I had to speed read through the end to find out what happens.   So there was no talking over coffee last Saturday.  I’m Type A and like a good student, read the book…even if we never talk about it.

I hosted this month, so neatened up the little apartment, bought some more plates (I am short!).  And made Elizabeth’s Pumpkin Pie Squares.  I realized too late that I had thrown away my 9×13 and didn’t replace it.  So at 5 am that morning I had to go with the 9×9 pan.  I might reassess the topping amount in a smaller pan.  And then Deb’s Chicken Square’s for dinner.  

And my guests were so sweet to bring more tasty desserts, macaroons and cookies.

Book Club: Established Oct 2007

Book Club.  Wine Drinking Club.  Catching Up Club.  Life Event Club. I think it’s become all of these.  Since October 2007,  we’ve been meeting and drinking, through break ups, new jobs, weddings and babies.  I was invited by a colleague and friend, who went to undergrad at UVA and then Wharton with a bunch of Wharton ladies.  And that’s how I found my way in.

We eat, we drink.  Laura hosted this past month.  I went early to watch her whip up pizza rolls and baked tomatoes. And it was a hit because we ate everything!  It was her sister’s birthday, so we could have cake, too.  Every first Tuesday of the month. Earlier this year, it just sort of went away, so a few of us would email and wish it would come back….and it did this spring when a brave soul offered to open her home to us again.  

Birthday Cake

We’ve read so many books now, 43 in total.  We read everything. Hunger Games to There is Something About Kevin.  Sometimes the book discussion is 15 minutes, but we are sure to get it in.  I think I’ll make the book list a separate post, it’s fun to look back.  And I’m so proud of having read all of them (yes, I’m a good student like that).


September 2010 Book:  Paris to the Moon