Nose in a Book

Looking for something to read? Try one of these!

The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott. This is Jennifer Scott's second novel of women's fiction (her first was The Sister Season). It was the perfect read for my girl's trip to Mexico. She also writes YA novels under Jennifer Brown. (See below). And she just published Life on Mars for middle-grade readers.  

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura MarkhamLike any parenting book, you take some of the advice and you run from the rest of it.

Troubled Daughters, Twister Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense by Sarah Weinman (Editor)If you like Gillian Flynn's books, you will enjoy this. It's a compilation of female authors who wrote in the domestic suspense genre between the 1940s and the mid-1970s. It inspired me to watch "Don't Bother to Knock," a 1952 movie starring a young Marilyn Monroe. The movie was based on the novel "Mischief" by Charlotte Armstrong, who is one of the authors included in this book. Fantastic movie!

Use What You've Got and Other Business Lesson I Learned From My Mom by Barbara Corcoran. One of my guilty pleasures is watching "Shark Tank." I'm fascinated by the back stories of the entrepreneurs turned multi-millionaires. Barbara's stories of how she turned childhood experiences into business lessons that helped her create her New York real estate empire are funny, inspiring and educational. 

The Sisters 8 Series by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted and Jackie Logsted. My daughters and I loved this series so much that I blogged about it: The Most Awesome Book Series for Kids You Have Never Read.

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman. This was my first encounter with author Laura Lippman, and I listened to the audiobook. She definitely has a talent for telling complex stories with intriguing twists and turns. The ending was a little too neat for me, but I loved the literary ride! 
Torn Away by Jennifer BrownMy favorite Jennifer Brown book to date! Her talent for putting young characters in real situations and letting them explore real feelings never ceases to amaze me.

This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists by Jason Good. If you are a parent with a sense of humor who isn't afraid to admit the way you REALLY parent at times, then you will love this little book. I laughed out loud so many times!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. My 3-person book club chose this for its first book. Wow. WOW! This is one of the most intelligent, intriguing and fun mysteries I've read in quite awhile. It is a true whodunnit. No gratuitous gore that so many of today's "mysteries" think is necessary. It is set in England in the 1950s, and the protagonist is 11-year-old Flavia de Luce. She is charming, precocious, smart, sad, curious and ornery. The fact that she loves chemistry and is partial to poisons just adds that much more. I cannot wait to read more books in the series.

Here I Go Again by Jen LancasterI listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by the author. She perfectly captured the nastiness of Lissy Ryder, the main character. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I even laughed out loud in a few spots. It's an interesting concept; the time travel got a little laborious. The ending was predictable, which was disappointing. If you graduated high school in the mid-1990s and didn't live under a rock, you will love all of the references. Jen Lancaster did a fantastic job weaving in time period appropriate details. It's a fun read!

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. I listened to the audio version of this book. It's a YA novel written for a high school audience. While it wasn't the best YA book I've ever read, it intrigued me enough to keep listening. For me, it was too formulaic, reminding me of Jerry Spinelli's Star Girl and Cynthia Voight's Izzy-Willy Nilly. I would definitely recommend it to the teen in your life. 

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. As I did with Rigg's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I listened to "Hollow City" on audiobook. The story picks up right where "Miss Peregrine" left off, and it is just as imaginative, suspenseful and wonderful as the first book. Riggs weaves in new characters, plot twists and  locations with the exquisite detail I've come to expect from his writing.  

I Could Chew on This and Other Poems By Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano. A super quick read and fun romp through the minds of dogs. Very cute if you own a dog. Even cuter if your dog possesses any of the traits these dogs write about. 

The American Heiress: A Novel by Daisy Goodwin. I listened to this while jogging on the treadmill, walking through the neighborhood, emptying the dishwasher, folding the laundry ... anywhere I could steal a few minutes. The narrator was amazing and really helped bring the story to life. That said, I would have loved this book just as much if I had held a hard copy. Early English drama, scandal, politics and secrecy at its best!

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. This book generated a ton of press when it was released. Although it is steeped in research, it is an easy - and interesting - read. I highly recommend it to both women and men. It's one of those books that expands your thinking, even if you don't agree with everything Sandberg says. 

Content Rules by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman. Interested in expanding your digital marketing efforts but aren't sure where to start? This is the perfect handbook. It's a conversational read chocked full of practical ideas. 

Sister Season by Jennifer Scott. This is Scott's debut novel in the women's lit category, and it's a stunner.She writes to reality, which as we all know, is rarely all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. (BTW, she writes authentic YA lit, too, under the name Jennifer Brown.)

The Stricken Field by Martha Gelhorn. Martha weaves the worlds of Ideal Reality with Real Reality through the lens of war, specifically the everyday people who must contend with the decisions of the Powers That Be.

Parenting: With Crappy Illustrations by Amber Dusick. Hilarious and so true on so many levels!

Young House Love by Sherry and John Petersik. Super simple home improvement ideas!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Better than Gone Girl. I listened to an audiobook. So good!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. If I hadn't listened to this this book, I would have likely given up on it. The narration by Jesse Bernstein was out of this world!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Oh. My. Great. Goodness. I listened to the audiobook during my commute. Just as good as her other two.
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168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. An interesting read about time management. Good research; some unrealistic ideas. But I recommend it.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. So much fun! I listened to the audio-book, which was outstanding. A fun literary ride with a complex plot and a parade of unique, quirky characters.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Dark, gritty, detailed. I loved every second of it (literally because I listened to the audiobook on my commute) until the ending. Too "wrapped up in a pretty bow" for me. All the same, if you didn't jump on the bandwagon when this book dominated the shelves, make sure you don't miss it.

Someday, Someday, Maybe  by Lauren Graham. I loved Lauren Graham on Gilmore Girls so when I heard she had written a novel, I immediately put it on Hold at my local library. It's a cute, funny, quick read. I hated the ending. It just ... ended. While I'm usually ok with ambiguous endings, the ending to this book was TOO ambiguous. But, Graham did leave things wide open for a sequel. Add it to your summer or winter break reading list.

The Last Word by Lisa Lutz. Oh, Good Lord, I hope this isn't truly the last word. This is the latest installment in the Spellman series, a thoroughly entertaining, clever, witty and sarcastic series of books about a hyperquirky family of PIs. I loved every single book in this series (and no, it's not because Izzy reminds me of myself). Lisa Lutz is one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to see what she'll do next. I highly encourage you to check out all of her books, not just the Spellman series.

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric. An interesting compilation of advice and inspiration from a variety of famous people. Essentially, take risks, be authentic and say Yes!

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