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
For the past few months I have found myself in a terrible book slump. I have started a few, only to become disappointed and quit reading. I have also ordered some books and not been inspired to pick them up. I am not sure what my problem has been. Thankfully, that appears to be over now. I visited Amazon yesterday and realized that loads of my favorite authors have put out new books and I have a whole list of lovely novels that I cant wait to dive right in to. Here are a few of them:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I know Liane Moriarty is very well known for having written The Husband’s Secret but my favorite book from her is What Alice Forgot. I found it really relatable. I hope Big Little Lies is just as good! I downloaded it to my iPad last night and I am counting down the minutes until I can start reading on my commute home.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg. I don’t know a huge amount about Ms. Von Furstenberg except that she is successful designer with an incredible sense of style and she used to be a fixture at Studio 54 back in the day. I am hoping she includes some juicy details into this tome!
Saving Grace by Jane Green. I have been a Jane Green fan for years and have read all her books. Her last novel, Tempting Fate, was totally vile. I found her characters annoying, whiny and totally unrelatable. I am hoping that that was just a one-off and she returns to writing books as enjoyable as Jemima J and Bookends.
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella. I love this whole series. It is very whimsical and fun. Perfect beach read. I just wish I were actually on a beach reading it instead of suffering during these 19 degree NYC days! Brrrrr!
Yes Please by Amy Poehler. This has gotten such great feedback on the internet that it has piqued my interest.
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes. I have to say out of all the books on this list – this is the one I am most excited about. If you have not read anything by Marian Keyes then you should start with Watermelon. That one is my absolute favorite!
The Carrier by Sophie Hannah. As you can tell by my list of books above – I tend to gravitate towards the happy, girly stuff. This one is different. This is a crime novel featuring two detectives and it will be dark and dirty and impossible to put down. Sophie Hannah’s stories remind me of Gone Girl. The characters are not always likable but you are so intrigued by the story that you have to keep reading to find out how the book ends.
Have you read anything fabulous lately?
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:
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 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. 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!
Hello friends and welcome to this week’s recap! I am linking up with a few fabulous blogs today including The Lauren Elizabeth, The Diary of a Real Housewife and Hello Happiness Blog so be sure to pop over and check them out as well. Here are some of my favorite things from the past week:
1. School break. I got in some extra time with Taylor since we were off on Monday and she came with me to work on Thursday. Sometimes commuting with her into NYC can be a bit of a challenge but yesterday was so much fun. I love to take her around to my favorite spots and see things through her eyes. Sometimes during the daily grind I forget how lucky I am to spend my days in one of the best places in the World and when I bring her with me it reminds me to enjoy it a bit more.
Here she is having sushi:
Here she is in the new puppy hat/scarf/mitten combo thing she HAD TO HAVE from a street vendor:
2. Kind of Cruel: A Novel by Sophie Hannah. I got the chance to read another Sophie Hannah novel this week and I really enjoyed it! This one of Hannah’s books was definitely more character than plot driven. I found her last book to be more suspenseful but I was more intrigued by the characters in this one. This was more a novel than a mystery. Overall, I really enjoyed it and have already started reading another in this series.
3. SK-II Mask. I will post a more in depth review of this mask on Monday but I tried it and I love it! I highly recommend this treatment! I used it on Satuday for date night and it made my skin so soft and luminous.
4. Express Printed Sequin Embellished Blanket Skirt. I took a chance on this one and scooped it up during the 40% off sale last week. Now that I am in my thirties (and the Mom of a pre-teen who is very easily embarrassed) I tend to shy away from the miniskirt. I am glad that I did not pre-judge based on it’s length though because it is so flattering! It has an elastic waist and a bit of stretch. It is also fully lined so it does not cling in an unfavorable way. I might also buy it in the pink color.
5. Macaron Cafe. I got to stop here the other day and have one of the fabulous nutella macarons that I have been craving! Mmmmm! They are as tasty as they are pretty!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!