To celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY, The Gloss team share their current reading list …
Sarah McDonnell, editor
L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home by David Lebovitz
The American pastry chef, cookbook writer and New Yorker contributor left Chez Panisse in California to make Paris his home, undertaking what would turn out to be a lengthy renovation of a former metalworkers’ studio in the 11th arrondissement. His American positivity is no match for the wiliness of French contractors and he emerges covered in dust after a bruising process. He maintain his sense of humour and the book is a light, easy read (recipes included). If confirmation was needed that obsessing over finding the perfect porcelain kitchen sink was normal behaviour (guilty as charged) one can find it here. I’m also reading Kashmir (pertinent at the moment) a travelogue by brilliant Brigid Keenan, author of Diplomatic Baggage: Adventures of a Trailing Spouse, Packing Up and Full Marks for Trying – all of which are entertaining and funny reads I can highly recommend …
Penny McCormick, deputy editor
I’m reading How to Fail: Everything I’ve Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day. After reading her novel The Party, I’ve inhaled everything Day has written and this memoir is based on her podcast of the same name. It’s honest, relatable and unputdownable. I’ve also developed a late onset passion for crime thrillers and was recently introduced to Jane Harper by an Australian friend – I’ve just read The Lost Man, though don’t think it is as good as The Dry. Tana French’s The Wych Elm is a page turner and I’m looking forward to watching the RTE/BBC adaptation of her book The Dublin Murders. Next on my list is A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler which recounts the story of society heiress Alva Vanderbilt, set in New York’s Gilded Age.
Sarah Halliwell, beauty editor
I’m reading Tangerine, by Christine Mangan, set in 1950s Morocco, as the guy in Waterstones Piccadilly raved about it (and it led to a random encounter with Gabriel Byrne discussing our favourite Irish writers; he loves Donal Ryan). I love Sara Baume’s novels. I’m just starting Anne Griffin’s When All is Said, and I just re-read Anne Michael’s poetic and devastating Fugitive Pieces again – it has never felt more relevant.
Síomha Connolly, assistant editor
Kristen Roupenian’s collection of short stories You Know You Want This, was much anticipated after Cat People, her short story published by The New Yorker went viral last year. I’m not usually a big reader of short stories (and I didn’t enjoy all of these) but overall I liked this collection for its wide-ranging topics from modern love stories to fairytales.
I’m slightly late to this one as Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel My Sister, the Serial Killer was published last November, but I saw it on special offer on Kindle a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a go. The themes (murder and the relationship between sisters) are dealt with in a humorous way making it quite an enjoyable quick read and not nearly as heavy as its title may suggest.
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