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

Two Books I Ordered Today

Research and other’s opinion are very important when plotting my own storyline. So, check out which two books stood out for me to read next for this new book I am working on.

 

I’ll share my opinion in a few weeks on both books. In the meantime, if you’ve read either or both, please feel free to share your take about the contents.

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.

The Familiarity of Lady Bird

I’ve been thinking since last week, when I made it a point to see the film Lady Bird, in limited release until Thanksgiving, how amazing and wonderful I felt. In fact, that sentiment is still with me to this day. I suppose the impact the story left is one I can absolutely relate to, growing up in a strict household with rules a mile long. And then there was me. The odd ball in my school, who never dressed according to the standards set by the most popular of girls, me instead, longing to pursue anything other than the career path or schooling my mother had insisted.

The film is that good…

{for more on the film Lady Bird, go here}