Erika's Top 5 Beach Reads for 2011
I'm a nerd.
But I'm the best kind of nerd. I'm a socially-adept nerd so I (generally) won't embarrass you with my nerdiness. But I'm definitely nerdy. So much so, in fact, that I'm currently googling "nerdiness" to make sure I spelled it properly.
Don't worry, I totally did.
Anyway, as a card-carrying nerd not to mention a freelance writer, I am a voracious reader. And yes, voracious is a nerdy word, but I couldn't accurately convey to you the depth of my nerdiness (still spelled correctly) without using a few nerdy words. Right?
To make a really long, boring, nerdy story short - I like books. And reading. Even some that are a little bit un-nerdy.
Like these great beach reads.
Try one, or two, or all.
No beach required.
1. The Paris Wife. Set in Paris (also known as you had me at hello) in the twenties - this is a historical piece of fiction about Hemingway's marriage to his first wife. The description sounds a bit boring, but it was insanely captivating. Loved it.
2. Bossypants. I laughed until I snorted. No, seriously I did - ask my fiancé. He was borderline concerned that I had some sort of snort-in-bed disease until I told him what I was reading. Then he just asked to borrow it when I was done. My favorite chapter has to be "A Mother's Prayer For It's Daughter".
3. Summer in the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel. SATC fans will devour this novel. It's fun, it's fresh, it's Carrie. It's your SATC fix in novel-form. Enough said.
4. William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls. Ok, this might seem like a weird choice to you, but if you are obsessed with royalty, sort of like I am (I'm not sure if this is my nerdiness or my princess complex kicking in, but either way...) then you will love this book. I'm fascinated by their lives, their upbringing, etc. Katie Nicholl is sort of the authority on everything royal, and this book reads more like fiction than non-fiction. I devoured it in a few days.
5. Bought. A quick read that details the life of a woman tired of her life as a reporter who only covers vapid red-carpet stories. She discovers that many of the women escorting men on the red carpet are just that - escorts - and decides to break out of the mold by reporting on the story of her life. Super juicy.