I’ve been thinking a lot about my summer reading list. I’m on the hunt for some good reads to take when we go away. When I finish a good book, my favorite thing to do is to pass it along to a book-loving friend. So I thought, why not pass along a couple books to our loyal readers? Then I got to thinking…this would be a great way to get a summer reading list going. Here’s how this is gonna work, when you leave a comment let us know about something great that you’ve read that you’d recommend to a friend. Just so we don’t get 100 comments recommending the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, please pick another book By leaving a comment, you’re helping us create our “Go to Girls’ Summer Reading List” for all to enjoy. You’re also entering yourself to win a copy of “What Alice Forgot” and “This is Where I Leave You”, the two novels that I just finished and want to pass along as fun summer reads. We’ll announce the winners next week!
Here’s the scoop on the two books we’re giving away…
What Alice Forgot by Laine Moriarty: Imagine losing the most important ten years of your life …Alice is twenty-nine.She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house.She’s newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby.There’s just one problem.All that was ten years ago … Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade.Now she’s a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her.This is her life but not as she knows it.Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes.Just how much can happen in a decade?Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?**
Jonathan Tropper writes compulsively readable, laugh-out-loud funny novels, and his fifth book, This Is Where I Leave You is his best yet. Judd Foxman is oscillating between a sea of self-pity and a “snake pit of fury and resentment” in the aftermath of the explosion of his marriage, which ended “the way these things do: with paramedics and cheesecake.” Foxman is jobless (after finding his wife in bed with his boss) and renting out the basement of a “crappy house” when he is called home to sit shiva for his father–who, incidentally, was an atheist. This of course means seven days in his parent’s house with his exquisitely dysfunctional family, including his mom, a sexy, “I’ve-still-got-it” shrink fond of making horrifying TMI statements; his older sister, Wendy, and her distracted hubby and three kids; his snarky older brother, Paul, and his wife; and his youngest brother, Phillip, the “Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead.” Tropper is wickedly funny, a master of the cutting one-liner that makes you both cringe and crack up. But what elevates his novels and makes him a truly splendid writer is his ability to create fantastically flawed, real characters who stay with you long after the book is over. Simultaneously hilarious and hopeful, This Is Where I Leave You is as much about a family’s reckoning as it is about one man’s attempt to get it together. The affectionate, warts-and-all portrayal of the Foxmans will have fans wishing for a sequel (and clamoring for all things Tropper). – by Daphne Durham **
**Book Descriptions from Amazon.comShare