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2016 Fall Reading List

2016 Fall Reading List

Does anyone else’s book selection vary based on Season?  In Summer I like a light, fun read and in the Fall/Winter I tend to go a little heavier.  I love to curl up under a blanket with a good murder mystery or maybe even something sad.  It may be Halloween’s influence but right now I am craving something dark.  Tana French’s new book has been in my cart for months.  I am so glad it finally comes out today because her books are perfect for when I am looking for something intense and a little scary.  (Same definitely goes for Sophie Hannah!) Continue reading

What I’m Reading – February ’16 Edition!

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It just occurred to me that I have not shared a reading list with you guys in a while.  I go through periods of time where I am either doing a ton of reading or none at all.  Do you guys do that?  Lately, I have been seeing new books from some of my favorite authors so I am pretty excited about digging into them.  Here is what is on my list for this month:

Shopaholic To The Rescue

 

Shopaholic To The Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

Description: Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.

Here's Looking At You

Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane

Description: The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello.  What if the last person you wanted to see was the person you needed? After the runaway success of You Had Me At Hello, Mhairi McFarlane is back with a new cast of characters in her second book, Here’s Looking At You.  In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale.  Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion.  School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there.  Now in her 30’s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell.  But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognizes her when she arrives.  Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again.  But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school.  But alas, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior.  As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…Full of Mhairi’s trademark laugh out loud humour, Here’s Looking At You is a novel about facing your demons and being happy with who you really are.

First Comes Love

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Description: In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads.
 
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
 
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.
 
On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
 
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
 
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

 

By The Numbers

By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster

Description: Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60% of spouses cheat and 50% of marriages end in divorce, she wasn t too surprised when her husband had an affair. (That he did so with a woman their daughter s age? Well, that part did sting a bit.) She just made sure she got everything in the divorce, including their lovely old Victorian house. And as soon as her middle daughter has her hipster-fabulous wedding in the backyard, she s trading it in for a condo in downtown Chicago…
Well within the average market time in her area, Penny gets an offer on the house. But then life happens. Her children, her parents and her ex come flying back to the nest, all in need of Penny s emotional and financial support. Spread thin, Penny becomes the poster child for the sandwich generation, when all she really wanted to do was make managing director, buy a white couch, and maybe go on a Match.com date…

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Have you read anything lately that you loved and think I should add to my list?  Please leave it for me in the comments!  I am always on the lookout for something new!

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

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I learned an important lesson from this book.  When it first came out I added it to my reading list.  Then, I read some reviews that were pretty scathing.  All these people advised that it was WAY worse than Sophie Kinsella’s other books and not to read it.  Guess what?  I listened to them.  I kept putting it off.  Finally, I was in the mood for a fluffy, happy novel and I downloaded it.  I figured if it was awful I could just stop reading, but I actually really loved it.  It was hilarious and so relatable.  There were a few times where I was on the subway reading it on my iPad and I started laughing out loud.  

I have no idea why those other people hated it but the moral of the story is that books are very subjective.  There have been a few novels lately that everyone has ADORED (I am looking at you – #Girlboss) and I detested them.  This is not a serious book.  You are not going to learn any great lessons.  It will make you laugh and smile and sometimes that is all I need from a story.  It was my favorite out of the Shopaholic series and I cant wait for the next one!

Here is a little description from Goodreads:

 “Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!”

Book Him Danno!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about books (which is a shame because reading is one of my favorite hobbies).  I have a two hour commute to work every day (one hour each way) on a quiet express bus.  It is perfect for getting lost in a good book.  I used to be unable to read in a moving vehicle because it made me extremely nauseous but for some reason I can do it on my iPad without a problem.  Here are my thoughts on some of the books I’ve read lately:

Jane Green Tempting Fate Review

Tempting Fate by Jane Green.  I usually love Jane Green.  Jemima J., Bookends and Mr. Maybe are amazing.  If you have not read them, you definitely should.  That being said, I wasn’t wild about Tempting Fate.  Gabby is the main character and even though we have things in common (we have both been with our spouses for many years and have daughters) I didn’t find her terribly relatable.  She was extremely flighty and superficial.  We are told throughout the book that she is loyal, smart, dependable but her actions show her to be the opposite time and time again.  Also, her husband is a kind and caring man and a wonderful father and she betrayed him throughout the book in both big and small ways.  It was difficult to root for her.  I almost stopped reading because I really did not care for her and was not interested in how things turned out.  I would pass on this one.

Little Face Sophie Hannah Review

Little Face by Sophie Hannah.  I learned about Sophie Hannah in February and I have totally binged out on her books since then.  I usually can predict the conclusion of a mystery novel in advance and then when I get there I am a little disappointed that I was right.  Sophie Hannah is so talented at adding in bits of information that are misleading and changing the direction of the story throughout that I never know how it will end.  She has fooled me in every one of her Spilling CID novels so far including this one.  The premise is: Alice Fancourt leaves her new baby in the care of her husband, David, for the first time since giving birth.  When she returns home she realizes that the baby sleeping in Florence’s crib is not hers.  It is a different baby.  Her husband swears it is the same child. This book is compelling, twisted and I couldn’t put it down.  I definitely recommend it and the rest of Ms. Hannah’s books.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty ReviewThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  Cecilia Fitzpatrick, has a great life.  She has three beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband.  While he is away on business she discovers a letter addressed to her that should be opened in the event of his death.  The contents of the letter rock her entire World and change the lives of Rachel and Tess, even though they barely know Cecilia.  This book tells three stories at once that intersect at the end.  I was reluctant to read it at first due to all the hype but it was fabulous.  I couldn’t wait to see how everything turned out.  I am now reading another Liane Moriarty book, What Alice Forgot, and I am totally sucked into it already.      

What are you guys reading?  Please share your thoughts on the books above or any standout books you wish to recommend!  

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