As always, I read a ton of books to vet them for this year’s summer reading guide. Some of them earned a spot; some were just plain duds. Some were terrific, but not summer reading material.
I’ve always loved getting a peek at the outtakes, so today I’m sharing mine. Here are 7 books that didn’t make the cut:
Delicious!: A Novel, by Ruth Reichl. This is a book I can’t wait to read—but I didn’t get to read this between the time it came out on May 6 and the time the reading guide went to press, and I don’t include books I haven’t read. At least not anymore.
Beautiful Day: A Novel, by Elin Hilderbrand. Hilderbrand has been called “the queen of the summer novel,” and this would make a terrific beach read. But I couldn’t find a spot for it in this year’s guide.
This is Where I Leave You: A Novel, by Jonathan Tropper. This dramedy got my attention, and not just because Justin Bateman and Tina Fey are starring in the movie. But this might be one of those cases where the movie is better than the book. Plus it’s kind of racy, and I’m not super-comfortable recommending it to a wide audience.
The Hundred-Foot Journey, Richard C. Morais. The premise of this foodie novel sounded so promising, but I abandoned it before the halfway mark. If I didn’t finish it, I’m certainly not going to suggest you should.
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories, David Lebovitz. Lebovitz writes fantastic food-inspired memoir and does beautiful cookbooks. This is a cookbook. I love to read cookbooks like novels, but not by the pool.
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier. This is a gripping pageturner that would make a great beach read, but I wanted to recommend something a little newer, a little fresher in the guide. (But if you haven’t read it, add it to your list!)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson. I adore this book but I feel like I’ve plugged the heck out of it on this blog. By all means, read it. It’s perfect for summer! But I owe it to you to introduce you to some new titles.
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What have you been reading lately?