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Big Kids’ Table: Receipt Recommendations

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March 31st already! Here’s hoping spring is truly on the way this time! I’m really looking forward to reading a book outside instead of curled up under 2 blankets at home or in a hefty jacket on the subway. For now, let’s focus on today’s BKT. I am so excited about it!

Here’s the story: Last week, I went to the B&N near work to pick up a copy of Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe for a friend (a book I bought for myself last year) and I got one of those receipts with a short list of books I might be interested in. I’ve gotten so many of these in the past and I barely glance at them before throwing the receipt away.

Since SSM is definitely my taste, I thought I would go through the recommendations and find out if I would consider reading any of them.  Hopefully you’ll get excited about a few too!

Let’s check it out! (Excuse my doodle.)

Receipt Recommendations Big Kids Table 1

Pick #1: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

 Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

Thoughts: This sounds a lot like My Best Friend’s Wedding… kind of. (Love that movie.) I have loved a lot of Sophie’s books in the past. I was a big fan of the Shopaholic series until it just turned into a drama fest and I really love her book, The Domestic Goddess. It’s hilarious. This synopsis sounds so familiar but it also sounds like it could be good…

Final answer: I wouldn’t buy it. Possibly borrow.

Pick #2:  The Star Attraction by Allison Sweeney

The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney

Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream—Billy Fox. 

But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big-name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her life and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investment banker boyfriend? The Star Attraction takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life.

Thoughts: Well, B&N knows me because I already bought this book when it came out. I haven’t read it yet but seeing it on this list made me dig it out of my bookshelf. I’m a big fan of Allison and I do love Hollywood stories…

Final answer: Getting to this super soon!

Pick #3: The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

After the sudden loss of her husband in a car crash, Libby Moran falls on hard times-so hard, in fact, that she’s forced to move in with her hyper-critical mother. There, sleeping on the pull-out sofa so her two children can share the guest room, she can’t stop longing for the life she had. So when a letter arrives from Libby’s estranged aunt offering her a job and a place to live on her goat farm, Libby jumps at the opportunity. But starting over is never easy. With an aunt who is nothing like she imagined, a shaggy farm manager with a tragic past, a psychic at the feed store who claims to be able to contact the dead, and a bully at her daughter’s school, country life isn’t at all what Libby expected. But it also offers her what no other place can: A chance to define the good life for herself. A chance to piece together the mysteries of her own past. A chance, even, at love. And, finally, a chance to bring herself, and her family, back to life.

Thoughts: First thing that caught my eye with this one was that Goodreads is telling me readers also enjoyed Nowhere But Home, one of my favorites from last year. I love a country setting and second chances.

Final answer: Ding ding ding. I’m adding this one to my TBR immediately.

Pick #4: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

the american heiress by daisy goodwinTraveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

Thoughts: I’m not sure why this book from the historical fiction genre would be recommended for those who buy Lauren Graham’s. I’m really not. The description is a little dry, and it doesn’t seem like my thing.

Final thought: I’ll pass on this one.

Pick #5: Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Revenge Wears Prade by Lauren WeisbergerAlmost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a highend bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself…

Thoughts: Hmm. I feel a lot about Weisberger like I do about Kinsella. I loved a few of their books but they started to feel like the same thing over and over again. Devil Wears Prada was my favorite book of hers so I would be curious how main character Andi is doing… but then again the reviews are pretty poor.

Final thought: I’m curious. A “borrow” at some point but I’m not rushing to the library for it.

Results: All in all, B&N didn’t do too bad with this one. I already one own, would buy another, borrow 2 and skip only one. I’d say those odds are pretty good.

What do you think? Any of these titles strike you? Or have you read any great grown up books lately?
Let me know below!

April 30, 2014 - 9:02 am

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April 27, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Ohhh I really like this spin on Big Kids Table! Please keep doing it. But, yeah, pass on American Heiress. I have NO idea why they recommended it with SSM, but I did not like that book at all. And you know I love historical fiction. That is all. xo

April 11, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this feature, go buy more books so you can do more! 😉 I agree with you about Wedding Night, I’ve loved most of Sophie’s other books (including her last one before Wedding Night, something about a phone number), but it’s been a year and I still haven’t read it. I added The Star Attraction to my TBR, it sounds great and I’m curious about Allison Sweeney’s writing. I really liked The American Heiress, but I love historical fiction. And Revenge Wears Prada, I can’t decide if I want to read it or if I think it’s just silly that there’s a sequel.

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April 1, 2014 - 12:18 am

Alexa S. - I’m a Sophie Kinsella fan, but I haven’t read Wedding Night or I’ve Got Your Number yet. This post reminds me that I really should! I also really like the sound of The Star Attraction and The Lost Husband, plus I do kind of want to see what happens in Revenge Wears Prada. Winning choices, for the most part!

March 31, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Lucy - I rarely look at those book recommendation receipts either, but I love that you dug in to take a closer look! I’ve definitely been on a grown-up read kick lately. And agreed-The Lost Husband and The Star Attraction (cute cover!) look the most promising. I recently picked up the SSM audio and I hope to fit it in soon.

March 31, 2014 - 10:24 am

Leah - oh gosh, E, the last time I went to Barnes & Noble was last year to get my mom a new nook for Christmas. The time before that? TWO Christmases ago when I picked up one of my favorite MG novels for Matt’s cousin. I had NO idea they started giving recs!!

My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of those movies where I will drop EVERYTHING and watch it anytime it’s on! Loove it.

Some of these sound so fun!!

March 31, 2014 - 9:08 am

daphne - I think I’m with you on all of them. I have been wanting to read Wedding Night b/c I love SK, too. and The Lost Husband is going on my TBR, though I’ve never heard of it. thanks for putting it on my radar.

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