What Is On Your Reading and Gifting List for 2019

There are countless book recommends for 2019 and some even going back a few years. Of course, this is in addition to the classics we have all read for school or otherwise. With that thought in mind, I ask what are you reading these days or are planning to gift someone and why that particular book?

Here’s what I’ve added to my list from a list of 60 recommends

‘What happens when you get exactly the life you wanted and realize you want something completely different? You could run away from home … or you can make like Philpot, who’s been called “the modern-day reincarnation” of authors Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck, and enact some mini life changes that pay off in major happiness’. – {source}
‘Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is back with a heartfelt and relatable story of two sisters as they struggle to find themselves. Weiner’s books are reliably excellent, and this one is absolutely no exception. Grab it for a travel read or a palate-cleanser between heavier fare’. – {source}
‘Fans of the long-running Cathy comic strip will love this memoir from its creator. The essays are funny, poignant, and super relatable, especially for moms and those heading into (or out of) middle age’. {source}
‘The author of Commonwealth is back with another suspenseful tale, this time of the bonds that keep us together and hold us back. This novel spans five decades as it tells the story of siblings Danny and Maeve and the Dutch House, an estate that set about the undoing of their entire family and showed them just how much they can withstand’. {source}
‘Told through emails, blog posts and online therapy sessions, this quirky novel about the aftermath of a young woman’s death — and the friends working to make her biggest dream come true — is funny, modern and memorable’. {source}.

Latest Read: Its Hot In The Hamptons

I laugh at the idea of me buying a dozen books every time I travel to England or a destination with an English bookstore, but always end up checking out a book at a public library in San Francisco and reading it before I touch any of the ones I hauled across the pond and beyond.

With that said, I cannot put the novel – It’s Hot In the Hamptons – down. It has me laughing so hard, and kind of annoying actually to those that are around me. You know what I am talking about, when someone snickers to themselves or their shoulders jiggled while they silently laugh, that kind. That’s what I am doing.

I figured I’d share a day or two in the life of this author – who’s kept quiet for a while, too busy working with editors and publishers and all things novel-writing. But don’t fret, I will have updates for you shortly.  In the meantime, happy reading, whatever it is your heart desires and do share.

Holiday Gifts For The Book Lover

A few days ago, I walked into a Blackstone Bookstore in a small town in England – which shall remain nameless for now – since I am here doing research for another story – and I have to say, I was caught completely off guard by the amount of foot traffic the store receives. At first I thought it was because of the rain outside and/or the cafe upstairs, but when I stayed about an hour to observe and appreciate the volume of books categorized so perfectly throughout the store, I realized, people were actually there buying paperbacks or hardbacks.  It is definitely due to the holiday shopping, you might say, but after speaking to the clerks behind the check out counter, I was told  the store was busy most of the time and very busy over the weekends.  Oh what joy I felt.

Also, here’s a list of my next reads

and just in case you have a book-warm or a book-lover or an avid reader in your life – here’s a great link to some interesting gift ideas

Good Morning World…

Apologies for not posting as much here. I took a few weeks to escape the norm and find some inspiration to write again. In the meantime, here’s a picture of me (well one that reminds me of me) – always in a bookstore wherever I travel to, thumbing and searching for that wonderful little novel to take my mind off of the realities of the world:

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And just in case you are wondering what I am reading right now, click here.  The best and funniest book I’ve read in a long while.

Reading Two Opinions At Once

My favorite past time is reading-online stories about Parisian life – from ex-pats to locals – sharing their opinions, observations and trivia about the city of love. This blog in particular sparking an interest after I read the following bullet points author Amanda Randone penned on Coveteur:

Randone states the following: 1. French-Girl style is a myth. 2. Speaking French Isn’t Enough. 3. There is a ‘social code’ in Paris and you don’t want to get it wrong. 4. Take the Bus.  5. Prepare For Lots of Question.  And she backs up her observations here and more here   just in case, like me, you often dream about moving to Paris.

On the flip side, I came across this bit of reading America The Anxious and have ordered a copy. While I wait for my paperback to be tossed from the bottom of the stairs up to my front door by ‘delivery company to be left nameless’ – I ask – have you read the book and if so – what do you think?  The cover says it all.

The idea is one I’ve tossed around for a few years, but haven’t had the gut to put it in print. I simply keep my ideas in an online journal and save-draft it.

Here’s what author – Ruth Whippman Indexed for our reading pleasure.

 

 

Articles of Interest – For the Writer At Heart

While always in search of inspiration or otherwise, I have stumbled upon a few articles which I found interesting enough to share with all the writers at heart:

The world’s coolest library is located near Beijing and it has…
Have you been to the Shakespeare and company bookstore in Paris and wondered….
How to create a profitable book in 90 days – just in case you want to opt for shortcuts

 

How do you know you are a write at heart?

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New York Times Wants to hired a journalist to travel the world