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Now…I haven’t read all of these books, but I thought you might be interested in some of the titles.  Hoping to find some time to read the ones I do have stacked on my Nightstand, and I’m also hoping to add a few of them to my Kindle or my Nightstand stack soon!  I’m planning to stock up on my Kindle before I leave for the beach.  If you don’t have a Kindle yet, you might consider one…  It’s great for when you travel!!

I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite!


Ball Cap Mom

  • Okay…the books listed below are books that I’m excited about because they are all stacked on my Nightstand or loaded on my Kindle Paperwhite.  I’m very excited about reading all of them.  Let me know what you think if you’ve read any of them already – just don’t spoil any surprises before I have a chance to read them…:

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub:  Okay…so this book caught my eye several times on my many trips to Target.  Since I live in a town without a bookstore, I always wind up on the book aisle every time I go to Target!  I know…sad right?  No bookstore?  What’s that all about?

So…I picked this up many times, but kept telling myself I’d get it at the library.  Well…it was always checked out with several holds on it, and I was tired of waiting!  The good news is, my niece knew about this book, and she bought it for me as a gift (she loves books as much as I do).  I’m was so excited when she told me she had bought it for me.  It will be in my beach bag soon heading to Florida with me.

Emma Straub also wrote The Vacationers, which was a New York Times bestseller!  The flap on Modern Lovers says the story is about a close group of friends from college who struggle to hold on to the identities their college identities even after adulthood has set in.  As they all are nearing fifty, their children are reaching maturity (and some of the children start sleeping together), some of their lives begin to unravel!  Many secrets are discovered about themselves and other things…

One review I looked at said Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

Here’s hoping my kids will give me some time in between riding waves and building sand castles to read this book!  I’ll let you know what I think!

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews:  This is another book that I eyed at Target many times before buying it.  A lot of times, I try to avoid hardback books.  They’re just so big (and expensive), and hard to carry along with me in my purse…

But…it was one of those days – – I just needed to get a new book!  And this was one of the ones I bought!!  First of all, I loved the cover – it called to me!  So I picked it up and read the inside flap.  It takes place on Belle Isle, North Carolina – an idyllic island where many people stay all summer, and some come only for the weekends.  The regulars refer to those people as “the weekenders.”

The main character, Riley Griggs is caught off guard while she’s waiting for her husband to join her on the island, but instead, she is confronted by a process server who thrusts divorce papers into her hand!!  It was described by one review as being told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.

Now…I’m pretty sure I’m taking Modern Lovers to the beach with me, but maybe I can fit The Weekenders in my bag too??  Oh man…I sure wish they were both paperbacks – my husband has already told me several times “Don’t overpack”!  I’ll keep you posted…

Hush by Kate White:  Okay…Kate White is a great poolside or beach book author.  Hush will be my second book by her.  I recently finished The Wrong Man – a fun and creepy mystery book.  When I saw Hush at my library, I just had to check it out.  Many of her books are always checked out, so when I saw this one on the shelf, I grabbed it.  I’ll let you know…

The main character is Lake Warren (cool name, right?).  She is facing a tough legal battle with her (almost ex) husband, Jack, who is suing her for custody of their 2 kids.   Lake is also flirting with Dr. Mark Keaton – a colleague that works with her at the Advanced Fertility Clinic where she is a consultant.

Right off the bat, there is an unexpected murder, and Lake finds herself in a difficult (and scary) situation!  But…she is determined to discover some secrets about what happened and why this murder took place.  Lots of deep, dark secrets in this book.  I am excited to read it, because I know I love Kate White’s style.  Very fun, easy mystery read and I’m sure very entertaining just like The Wrong Man!  I’ll review it soon!

  • And here are a few titles that have caught my eye – either because someone suggested them, or I saw them on some recommended list, or I passed them in my library and liked the cover!  These are not yet on my Nightstand or my Kindle, but I plan to put them there soon:

I Almost Forgot You by Terri McMillan:   The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back!  I am SO excited! I read How Stella Got Her Groove Back a long time ago and loved it.  And Waiting to Exhale was a great movie!  So…I’m hoping that I Almost Forgot About You will be just as good.  I’ve bought way too many books already this summer, so I’m hoping to find this one at the library!  Wish me luck.

The book is about a woman named Dr. Georgia Young – she lives a life with great friends, a great family, and a very successful career!  But…like many main characters in books like this, she feels stuck and very restless with her life.  She decides to make some major changes in her life and finds herself on a crazy journey showing that it’s never too late to become a new person you’ve always wanted to be.  The book flap says big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.  If you read it before I do, please let me know what you think!!  I’m hoping for another How Stella Got Her Groove Back!

The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan:  How many of you made a drunken pact with a best friend before??  I know I made many silly pacts about being someone’s date to a party if no one  has a boyfriend/girlfriend by party time, or becoming roommates and buying a house together if no one gets married, etc…  Very silly, and thank goodness none of them ever happened!  In this book, Leo, a firefighter makes one of these drunken pacts with his buddy, Garrett about marrying (and taking care of) his wife if anything ever happens to him.

Well guess what…you got it!  According to the book jacket, Leo dies and his wife Audrey begins having feelings for her husband’s best friend, Garrett as she learns to live life as a widow.  Not knowing about the pact that Garrett had made with Leo long ago.  Perfect beach read, right??  I’m excited to read this book – seems like it will be a perfect poolside read with lots of romance!  Can’t wait for this one.

Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman:  Okay…so I read the synopsis of this book and I immediately thought it would be a good murder mystery.  As I read on, I had a flashback to the movie Single White Female.  Remember that movie??  The synopsis said it was a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship.  Creepy, right?  If you never saw Single White Female with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda, you should rent it.  If you don’t, then maybe just get this book.  Sounds like it’s going to be similar.

The story starts off with a dead basketball star in 1991, in a conservative town that has been dealing with rumors of Satanic worship.  Yikes…  The main character is Hannah Dexter (Dex), who is befriended by Lacey Champlain who is described as a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens.  Can you see where this is headed?  Lacey lures Dex into her world of rebellion and many secrets.  Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter—and some who flicker away.  Can’t wait to read this one.  I think I’ll read it during the day though – sounds like it could get a little creepy!

Okay…that’s all for now.  I hope you enjoy some of these books.  I’ll let you know how many I make it through while I’m lounging on the beach.  Well…might not be too much lounging – I’m sure I’ll be making lots of sand castles and riding lots of waves.  But maybe…just maybe my husband will take my kids to the pool for a while so I can get in some reading time!  Until next time…