- Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle. I loved Melanie Shankle’s memoir about marriage, The Antelope in the Living Room, and her newest book on friendship did not disappoint either! Melanie writes like she’s sitting across the table from her best friend with a glass of wine, which I love. Her writing is honest, brave, and downright hilarious. Nobody’s Cuter than You is about what it means to be a friend—what it means to show up, to walk through the good and ugly parts of life with the people you love. Just lovely.
- The After Party by Anton DiSclafani. I saw this book on summer reading lists over and over again, so I was excited to pick it up. For me, it started out slow—really, really slow. The novel is set in 1950s Houston and follows the lives and friendship of two wealthy socialites. One is beautiful and mysterious, with a world of secrets, and the other is her devoted (almost to the point of obsession) and loyal friend. It took me forever to get into this book. The first 200 pages dragged on with not much happening, and then I sped through the last 20 pages when everything finally came together. Well-written and interesting, but not one of my favorites.