As the leaves change color and the air turns colder we know there’s nothing better than cozying up with a good book and warm drink. With all of the great cafe’s DC has to offer there is never a shortage of places to go. We’ve put together a list of books for you to read as part of a 2 person (or more – it’s 2016 baby!) book club. Wherever you are in your relationship the list below will ensure you turn a new page.
Get to know each other with the short stories in Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals. As author Douglas Baeur writes:
“Food isn’t just a gustatory pleasure; it is the stuff of life. At its best and most memorable, a meal becomes a story—and a story becomes a feast.”
Read this over your first few meals together – it could just be the start of a wonderful fairytale of your own.
Read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins as you slowly become integrated into each others lives. This book will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. You are on cloud nine and have jumped feet first into this relationship. But blissful beau beware, you may be following your heart now, but Hawkins warns to be cautious:
“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.”
Share this book while you learn to appreciate what you never knew you were missing out on in the first place – each other.
Really Getting to Know Each Other
Explore what the future has in store for you by checking out Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. You may be at an impasse where you can’t decide if you’re both just having fun or want something deeper. The main characters in Brave New World share the same struggles:
“Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.”
“I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.”
“I want God, I want poetry, I want danger, I want freedom, I want sin.”
Whatever it is you want you’ll be able to find it in one way or another exploring this classic together. And you’ll learn a lot about each other in your discussions. Do you relate more to the world state or the savage reservation?
Trying to Spice Things Up
So your relationship is starting to look less like the bright and beautiful Thrushcross Grange and more like the darkness of Wuthering Heights. Rekindle your love to the heights of passion Heathcliff has for Catherine Earnshaw in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights:
“If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”
Have a love filled day enjoying this book together in the perfect DC cafe.
When You Don’t Know Who THEY Are Anymore
Every relationship experiences rough patches. Embrace your disconnect together with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl:
“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
If you make it through to the end of the book together hopefully you will both have gained a deeper understanding of each other like Amy Dunne expresses:
“Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?”
Pick up this book in hopes of understanding each other better. You may find you had them read wrong along.
When You Don’t Know Who YOU Are Anymore
You began as perfect strangers and now you feel like it just wasn’t meant to be. Open Albert Camus’ The Stranger to open yourself to the gentle indifference of the world.
“A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so.”
In case you’re still holding onto hope the other person will change remember Mersaults words of advice:
“I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn’t dissatisfied with mine here at all.”
And while you might care a little more than Mersault, holding a belief in a certain rigidity or intertia to human existence may help you move on. That although details may change, one’s life remains essentially constant. But one place where details are everything, is where you take your date to read this book.
When it’s Time to Take Different Paths
Follow Paulo Coelho’s advice in The Pilgrimage and enjoy one last great date together:
“It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.”
And if you’re still having a hard time moving on remember:
“The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats.”
So if it’s time for you to sail the seven seas again make sure you float off from one of the best ports DC has to offer.
Getting over a Breakup
Start the healing process together with Junot Diaz’s How to Lose Her.
“You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it? There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It’s just a matter of will power: The day you decide it’s over, it’s over. You never get over it.”
And as you part take a moment to reflect on the good times as Diaz says:
“And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”
Share this list with a friend that you’ve been wanting to start a book club with and get to reading!
Find Places to Read!
Once you’ve settled on a book, use DateSpott to explore some of the great places in DC to read your novel.