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What I’m Reading – February ’16 Edition!

Books

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, Line & Sinker…

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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 LiesBig 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.

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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 (Jane Green)

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.  

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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!

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler.  This has gotten such great feedback on the internet that it has piqued my interest.

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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!

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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?