JUNE 2013 READING LIST

Here are a few books that I’ve been trying to read more or less all at the same time, because…well, why not?
A lot of this depends on whether or not I can get the book from the library, so sometimes I just end up getting everything at once and then gorging. I also think t’s a good idea to mix it up between fiction and non-fiction.
Dangerous Liaisons:  Classics are classic for a reason, and they’re most likely to be available. This is a really juicy read, not a period piece at all, and the author makes some excellent observations about human behavior and social manipulation, and creates one of the strongest, most interesting female characters I’ve read in a long time in the Marquise de Merteuil. Please don’t just watch Cruel Intentions and call it a day, you’re just screwing yourself – it’s not the same.
The Dinner: I’m waitlisted for this, but I’ve heard excellent things, how it’s epically suspenseful and takes place over the course of a single meal.  I don’t like to read too much about a book before I read it, but if it sucks then I will post an update. For reference purposes, I hated The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.  The original title of that book was Men Who Hate Women, and that is a more accurate description. Since I can’t help myself, I will add that it felt like half the book had unnecessary descriptions of character’s boring outfits.  
Yes Chef: There is a good reason why this book is so thick – it’s because Samuelsson’s life is just that interesting. He never lets up; his own life won’t let him.  There isn’t a lot of fluff in this book, such as excessive introspection, extended set up, needless descriptions, etc. Samuelsson just jumps right in and he should – he has a lot of ground to cover to get where he is today. After you put the book down, you can do what I did, and watch him kick all sorts of ass in Top Chef Masters Season 2.
The Templars the Secret History Revealed*: This is my own niche interest, the Templars, but I really like the way this book is written. Frale is a good writer and more importantly a passionate one. It makes a real difference in the world of non-fiction. Many people write about the Templars, but a lot of those rely on you personally having an interest in the topic going in, and they can get by with being badly organized and kind of eye-glazingly boring. Not the case here, my friends.

* This post has been corrected.  I listed the wrong book.  Sorry!

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