Best Books to Read Before You Visit Los Angeles

Seeing as I moved to L.A. just days ago, I thought there's no better time to highlight a Los Angeles reading list! This city is a conundrum. It's raw, polished, shallow, deep, superficial, diverse, sweet, messy. It's a city that manifests itself differently for different people. Los Angeles is a city of dreamers and a city of writers, which made this list both easy and incredibly difficult to create. But without further ado, let's dive into the book list for L.A. 

Scruples by Judith Kranz. If the wealth, fame and fashion are what excites you about traveling to Los Angeles, pick up this book first and foremost. This book put Rodeo Drive on the map as it shared a behind-the-scenes look into the real people behind a Beverly Hills boutique dripping in luxury. 

Dead to Me by Mary McCoy. Set in Los Angeles' steamy golden age, this scavenger hunt mystery weaves though the dangerous side of Hollywood as one sister searches for answers to another's brutal beating. 

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Los Angeles is a city rich with immigrants and transplants, and this book is one of the most gripping migration stories I've found. Set in 1930's L.A., it follows two sisters as they navigate the harsh reality of new life in this city. 

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abigail McDonald. I typically like my Jane Austen with a side of English countryside, but this adaptation of Sense and Sensibility makes me give a reprieve to that. A light read that helped me see the beauty in the little things, something that you have to appreciate to enjoy traveling to Los Angeles. 

The Chinchilla Farm by Judith Freeman. If you're reading this blog, you probably have a deep seeded love for both travel and reading. You probably have read upwards of a zillion travel books too. This one is worth the pickup as it weaves us to Los Angeles and Mexico on our heroine, Verna Flake's, touching journey to escape a failed marriage. 

The A-List Series by Zoey Dean. If the glitterati and Laguna Beach style wealth is intriguing to you (as much as I try to ignore that, it is for me!), this series is the indulgent and witty answer to your "what should I read next?" dilemma. 

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block. I've seen this YA novel called "the most Los Angeles book ever" and a "cool love song to L.A." If you're looking for a book to help you understand and maybe, just maybe, fall in love with this city (raises hand), pick this up and treat your self. 

Have you read any great books about LA? Share any must-reads with me in the comments!