Summer Book It

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First of all, before you read this, know that it isn’t becoming a reader Lindsay blog. She’s just bored because her job is…urrhhh…ahhh…on “lockdown” right now. And no, she doesn’t work at a jail.

Anyways, tonight we were discussing books and this past weekend I spent some time updating my Nook and shopping at Barnes & Nobel, so I thought it would be a good time to give you my picks for summer reads. Some I have read, some are on my list.

All books and snippets are from
  • A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
    • I read this one in Cabo last year. I love the way it combines a career change, friendship, romance and FASHION!
    • About A Vintage Affiar
      • “When vintage clothing expert Phoebe Swift decides to abandon her career as a Sotheby’s auctioneer, she opens London’s Village Vintage, selling only the best recycled designer duds. However, it isn’t long before we discover that the cupcake dresses and alligator clutches that populate her quaint neighborhood shop aren’t Phoebe’s only baggage. Reeling from the death of a close friend and the subsequent collapse of her wedding engagement, Phoebe is in need of a change. She certainly loves the clothing she sells for its history, but it takes a new and profound friendship with the elderly client Mrs. Bell to show Phoebe to care for herself in the same way.”

  • Sweet Jimmy by Kristin Gore
    • If you love Sammy’s Hill and Sammy’s House like me, you’ll be excited to see another book from Kristin Gore – Al’s daughter. But judging this book by the cover (and words from the description), this book is going to take a serious tone. Still, it’s on my list!
    • About Sweet Jimmy:
      • In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy Davis abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa's farm in rural Mississippi. In search of peace and quiet, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she could have imagined.
      • She is shocked to discover that there was once another Jiminy--the daughter of her grandmother's longtime housekeeper, Lyn--who was murdered along with Lyn's husband four decades earlier in a civil rights-era hate crime. With the help of Lyn's nephew, Bo, Jiminy sets out to solve the cold case, to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.

  • Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnel
    •  I also read this in Cabo (we had no internet or cell phones and I like to read!) It’s a quick reed because…it’s a teenage book!
    • If you are a Sex and the City fan, you’ll love this book because it features Carrie from….
    • About the Carrie Diaries:
      • Grade 9 Up—In the 1980s, Carrie Bradshaw is the oldest of three girls who live with their widowed father. She is on the swim team, wants to attend a summer writing program in New York, has applied to Brown, and is the last of her girlfriends to still have her virginity. When the rakish Sebastian Kydd returns to town, all the girls in the school become distracted, but he seems to have his eye on Carrie, at least until her best friend begins to take notice of him. The action is lightweight: senior pranks are played, dates are prevalent, friendships are tested, and Carrie keeps letting boys run rampant over her. It takes most of the book for her to stand up for herself. This protagonist is clearly written to resemble her older self as portrayed in the TV series Sex and the City. She spends the novel questioning relationships; worrying about friendships; developing a funky, independent sense of fashion; flirting with boys while dating two at once; and having a gay male friend. 

  • Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell
    •  I just started reading this one on my Nookie!
    • It’s a follow up to the Carrie Diaries and gives readers a look to her transition from high school to living in New York. Spoiler Alert – this is where we meet the rest of the SATC ladies!
    • About Summer in the City:
      • Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.
      • This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

  • One Day by David Nicholls
    • Oh boy. I read this book on a flight to LA. After a bit of a slow start, I couldn’t put it down. It’s just fabulous. Don’t ask me to go into detail about this until you’ve either read it, or decided that you don’t want to read it, because...
    • It’s going to be a movie! This July (read it quick) starring Anne Hathaway and the hot dude from Across the Universe. Anne’s going to go full British accent for the movie – let’s just hope that she can pull it off.
    • About One Day:
      • It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
What's on your summer reading list? Did you read any good books lately? I'd love to hear!

(Source: All book photos and descriptions from