Sunday, May 2, 2010

Summer Reading

I have a vision of laying on my lounge chair in the sun, reading a great book by the garden. The weather isn't quite there for it yet - but I've found a book that I love. Jennifer Weiner's 'Good in Bed'.

"For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She''s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women''s magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend''s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become."

I started it yesterday and I cannot put it down. I used to love Sophie Kinsella, but over the years her books have left much to be desired. Confessions of a Shopaholic had my full attention by the time I finished reading the book jacket, but Twenties Girl... ahhh I can't even bring myself to finish it. Over time, Emily Giffin has taken my top spot for favorite author - but I think Jennifer Weiner may give her a run for her money. I'm discovering 'Good in Bed' 9 years after it was published, so I've got the rest of her library to flip through over the summer. Emily Giffin does have a new book coming out on May 11th, Heart of the Matter.

"Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance--and even to some degree, friendships--believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined. In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

I think this will be fantastic. As much as I love a good book, I can't stand paying for hardcover - so that gives me time to catch up on Jennifer Weiner before Heart of the Matter comes to paperback.
So my incomplete, unofficial Summer Reading list is:
  1. Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner
  2. Certain Girls - Jennifer Weiner
  3. Goodnight Nobody - Jennifer Weiner
  4. The Guy not Taken - Jennifer Weiner
  5. Best Friends Forever - Jennifer Weiner
  6. Heart of the Matter - Emily Giffin 
It's going to be a great summer :)

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