Recent Reads

Recent Reads | That's Pretty Ace
 

I love a good book. I've found that during weeks when I'm stressed, if I give myself time to read before I go to sleep at night, I wake up feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated. Reading is so good for your brain (whether your reading chick lit or classic lit!). Here are a few of my recent favorites.

01. Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King  | This was originally part of my required reading during my studies abroad in Italy, and I recently re-read it. I enjoy history and architecture, and this was such a unique view back into the Renaissance time period. King also wrote a book on Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel -  it's excellent.

02. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson | Based on a true story of a serial killer who took advantage of tourists visiting the World's Fair in 1893. A nail-biter, for sure. Perfect for a Halloween/October read!

03. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter | A Hollywood love-affair set in 1962 Italy... then rekindled 50 years later. The coastline imagery is to die for. Makes me miss Cinque Terre so much.

04. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | I'll be honest... I didn't love it. But I couldn't put it down! Worth a read, especially since I know so many people have posted great reviews. 

05. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach | After finishing this book, I felt like I'd read a classic novel. So incredibly well-written... I would read it over and over again. The story of five lives intertwined at a New England college.

06. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein | I suggested Chris read this over our honeymoon and he read it just like I did - without putting it down and with a few tears. It's a very emotional read (especially for us dog-lovers!) but so touching. The life of a family, including the race-car driving master, told through it's dog's eyes. 

What about you? Have you read any of these? Any others you would suggest? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

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