The Big Kids’ Table: Four Fiction Picks for April + May

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April 12 already and time for another fun group of adult fiction recommendations for your bookshelf. This comes at a good time because Galley Cat reported yesterday that Adult Hardcover sales are DOWN 7%. So do yourself and everyone else a favor and buy a grown up book, okay? It’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend!

Let’s get down to business!

Today I’m happy to bring Ginger from GReads! with her own adult book recommendation! (And it’s one near and dear to my heart… you’ll see!)

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice GReadsBooks

Why she picked it up? I was about to go on a long plane ride to Seattle for vacation last summer and was talking to Estelle about which books to bring with me.  Since the purpose of my trip was music related (I had won a giveaway from one of my favorite bands – SafetySuit – and was traveling to Seattle to see their show, plus check out the birth place of 90s alternative/grunge scene), so a music themed book was a great recommendation on her part!  At the time I was mostly reading YA, but wanted to venture into more Adult titles.  This book portrayed a lot of the same themes such as music, romance, tension, and humor that I enjoy in YA, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Plus look at that cover!  With my concert tickets in my back pocket, I thought reading a book with them on the cover was too perfect.
What’s it about: Eliza works in the music business and Paul wants to be IN the music business.  These two characters meet when Eliza moves to the city to further her career as a music journalist.  She meets Paul through her brother’s band and is firmly told to stay away.  He’s every bit the bad news boy rocker and he will only use her and pull her down with him.  Yet isn’t it when we’re told not to have something, we only end up wanting it that much more?  These two crazy kids embark on an intense, passionate relationship that rises just as both of their careers do, but can plummet at any moment as quickly as it began.  Just when you think the music business has chewed, swallowed, and spit them back out, the story takes an interesting turn.  Will Eliza and Paul’s relationship outlast the intense pressures of it all, or will they crumble and fall? This story had me laughing hysterically at one moment, only to be swooning with love the next.
Three words to describe: Intense. Sexy. Amusing.
Last few awesome reads: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare; Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo; Golden by Jessi Kirby
Add How to Be a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo to Goodreads | Check it out on Amazon! (It’s $7.99 for your Kindle — a total bargain!)
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Here are a few fun sounding fiction books that I scouted from Publishers Weekly reviews! (Funnily enough, when I finished making my list… I felt like they were all books the lovely Ginger would get a kick out of! Purely coincidental!)
No Strings Attached by Kate Angell
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Goodreads description: As a professional volleyball player, Dune Cates attracts scores of pretty women who flock to his side. But only one has managed to get under his skin–Sophie Saunders. Unlike the skimpily-clad beach groupies, Sophie marches to a beat all her own. And though she’s afraid of the surf, burns in the sun, has two left feet, that doesn’t stop her from trying every daring sport available on the boardwalk. Dune knows Sophie spells trouble, and he should keep his distance, especially since he’s a no-strings-attached kind of guy. But he can’t ignore an overwhelming instinct to protect her. And with the promise of ice cream sandwiches, merry-go-round rides and dreamy sunsets, it’s only a matter of time before Dune gives in to the temptation of Sophie’s soft lips.
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The Look of Love by Bella Andre
Release Date: May 8, 2013
Goodreads description: Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He’s satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.
The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney
You might recognize Alison Sweeney from her stint as the host of The Biggest Loser. Both PW and Kirkus gave Alison some awesome reviews on her debut!
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Goodreads description: 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?
And if you are looking for something already OUT on bookshelves, be sure to pick up The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen: best friends reunite, Jamaica, a hurricane? The stuff great fiction is made of!
The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen
I reviewed it a few weeks ago here! (If you need more convincing…)
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I loved all your suggestions last month! I hope you have some more for me! So tell me, what are you reading?

The Big Kids’ Table: Double Dipping

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Oh hello there! I’ve got something new for you this month… yet again. I hope you don’t mind all the experiments, but I am trying my damnedest to get some of you interested in some adult fiction. A majority of my reads lately have been for the “big kids” and it’s been a nice change of pace for me. (Although, truth be told, I can’t wait to get my hands on another YA!)

But before I get to that, here’s out latest Big Kids’ Table blogger recommendation from Asheley of Into the Hall of Books — a fellow beer lover, queen of comments and well-thought out reviews:

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice Into the Hall of Books

Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany
Why she picked it up? I loved the cover with the bright red sweater against the beautiful blue sky. I wanted to know who was wearing that sweater, why she is looking away from us, and what is going through her thoughts. I just had to know.
What’s it about: Grace is thrilled to be newly engaged to Victor! She has never felt the urge to become a mother herself but is happy to see his children on weekends as he has shared custody with his ex-wife, Kelli. When Kelli dies unexpectedly and Grace becomes a full-time parent, her emotions begin to stir: Can she be a good parent? Does she even want to? Adding to the stress of the situation, unexpected details arise surrounding Kelli’s death. The story is told by Grace and 13-year-old daughter Ava with flashbacks by Kelli.
Three words to describe: Emotional, honest, and hopeful.
Last few awesome reads: Delirium by Lauren Oliver; Shadow and Bone & Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo; Sever by Lauren DeStefano.
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With the recent release of YA queen Jennifer Echols’ first adult book (Star Crossed), I was thinking about other writers I’ve read who have also ventured into the adult world or vice versa. (You can check out two great artcles about it here and here.) So today I’m going to share with you a few picks from authors who jump genres. I hope you’ll find something to enjoy and even leave some suggestions in the comment section!
Ann Brashares - Sisterhood and The Last Summer
Notes: I’ve read all of Ann’s books, and enjoy them for their nostalgia factor. Plus, they get better as they go along. I read The Last Summer (of You and Me) a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. (Much more than My Name is Memory which confused me to no end, and also was poorly executed.) I was just thinking it’s been awhile since we heard some bookish news about Ann. Wonder what she will be working on next…
Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks - The Last Song and The Wedding
Notes: Most of you know (and hate) Nicholas Sparks because of his tendency to write tragic romances. (I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I’m right there with you. But they are just so addicting.) I honestly think The Last Song is his best work. Ignore the Miley Cyrus movie because that was just NOT written well, but the book really sucked me into the environment and was about mending the relationship between a daughter and her father. Strong stuff. As far as adult, I think The Wedding is an underdog that needs more attention. (It’s not as tragic a story, I swear.)
Judy Blume
YA: Forever | Adult: Summer Sisters
Judy Blume - Forever and Summer Sisters
Notes: Judy is the queen of all things, and while I love her YA, Summer Sisters has been one of my favorite books for over a decade now. Last Christmas, I gifted it to Magan and she reviewed it and liked it too. (See? Proof!) Summer Sisters spans many years in a friendship (including high school and college) and the feelings are so real (and, at times, so dramatic) — it’s certainly a must read.
Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick - Sorta Like a Rock Star and The Silver Linings Playbook
Notes: Okay, so I haven’t read any of Matthew’s books BUT I did see and love Silver Linings Playbook and heard great things about the book it was based on. Matthew’s YA has high ratings on Goodreads (plus it was nominated for a ton of awards), and he’s also releasing another one in August  of 2013. This option is more about taking a chance, and I plan on finding both of these titles during my next trip to the library.
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And that’s it for March! Anyone reading anything grown up and great?

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (February 2013)

Why, hello there! Is it just about time for you to swap out your next young adult read for something a bit more grown up? Well, it seems like you are in the right place today!

This month, instead of searching through the pages of Publishers Weekly for some intriguing new titles, I snooped in the bookstore. Yes, I did. I ran to the new releases section and picked through many books to bring you a list of the books I’d be most interested in buying. I think you are really going to like these.

But first, our blogger recommendation…

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Hannah from So Obsessed Blog sings the praises of The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice So Obsessed With

Why she picked it up? The cover and the most intriguing first five pages I’ve ever read.
What’s it about: Emily Haxby is a twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney who begins to unravel. It starts when she ends her relationship with her boyfriend for reasons she can’t even explain, and then everything else starts falling apart. And so begins Emily’s journey to find her place in life and her sense of self. I read this pre-blogging, so it’s an older book, but I often pull it off my shelves to re-read my favorite parts. I want more people to discover Julie Buxbaum’s writing!
Three words to describe: Honest, touching and clever.
Last few awesome reads: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi; Unearthly & Hallowed by Cynthia Hand; Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

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My bookstore snoops…

The Death Bees by Lisa O'DonnellThe Death Bees by Lisa O’Donnell | Release Date: January 2, 2013 from Harper (Add to Goodreads)
Goodreads description: Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved. Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents, Izzy and Gene, and they aren’t telling. While life in Glasgow’s Hazlehurst housing estate isn’t grand, they do have each other. Besides, it’s only one year until Marnie will be considered an adult and can legally take care of them both. As the new year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Or does he need theirs? But he’s not the only one who suspects something isn’t right. Soon, the sisters’ friends, their other neighbors, the authorities, and even Gene’s nosy drug dealer begin to ask questions. As one lie leads to another, dark secrets about the girls’ family surface, creating complications that threaten to tear them apart.

Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank

Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank | Release Date: January 8, 2013 from Sarah Critchon Books (Add to Goodreads)
Goodreads description: Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hopeful romantics and desperate cynics alike. Peter and his wife lived a peaceful life, but now it’s 2010, and his wife has just died. He passes time with a woman he admires but doesn’t love—and he begins to question the advice he’s famously doled out for decades. Then he receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship. The contest ensnares Stella in the opaque politics of her publishing house, while it introduces the reader to couples in varied states of distress: a shy thirtysomething Brooklynite whose husband may be just a bit too charismatic for his own good; a middle-aged publisher whose imposing manner has imposed loneliness on her for longer than she cares to admit. Then there’s Peter, who must discover what he meant when he wrote Marriage Is a Canoe if he is going to help the contest’s winners and find a way to love again.

Ignorance by Michele Roberts

Ignorance by Michele Roberts | Release Date: January 22, 2013 from Bloomsbury (Add to Goodreads)
Goodreads description: Jeanne Nerin and Marie-Angèle Baudry grow up side by side in the Catholic village of Ste. Madeleine, but their worlds could not be more different. Marie-Angèle is the grocer’s daughter, inflated with ideas of her own piety and rightful place in society. Jeanne’s mother washes clothes for a living. She used to be a Jew until this became too dangerous. Jeanne does not think twice about stealing food when she is hungry, nor about grasping the slender chances life throws at her. Marie-Angèle does not grasp; she aspires to a life of comfort and influence. When war falls out of the sky, the forces that divide the two girls threaten to overwhelm those that bind them together. In this dizzying new order, the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations.

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Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols

And a huge reminder that Jennifer Echols’ adult fiction debut comes out on February 26! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Be sure to check out my review of Star Crossed to refresh your memory! Vegas! College rivals! Celebrities! The past! Such a fantastic read for those who love romance and easy breezy contemps!

Thanks for stopping in today! I would love to hear what you’re reading in the comments!

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (January 2013)

Hello! I’m back with the first 2013 installment of Big Kids’ Table! Now I’m trying some new things out because if the blog post is tired, how am I going to convince you to pick one of these splendid reads?

This month, I’m going to feature a recommendation from a real life blogger that I trust, as well as three picks from the pages of Publishers Weekly!

Now grow up already! (a.k.a. check out these titles!)

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Rachel from Hello Chelly vouches for Me Before You by Jojo Moyos:

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice Hello Chelly

Why she picked it up? The cover, interesting synopsis, and high marks on Goodreads!
What’s it about: “Lou Clark is an ordinary, small town girl living a less-than-exciting life when she becomes a caregiver to wheelchair-bound Will Traynor after she loses her job. They couldn’t be anymore different but soon they develop an unexpected friendship that changes both their lives.”
Three words to describe it:  Funny, unconventionally-romantic (can that count as one haha) and heartbreaking.
Last few awesome reads: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi; Prodigy by Marie Lu; What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton.

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Picks from Publishers Weekly:

The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring)
Release Date: January 8, 2013 from E.P Dutton
Summary from Goodreads: Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
What PW says: “Thought provoking, lyrical writing.”

Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie

Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Richie
Release Date: February 5, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
Summary from Goodreads: Carla Richards is a lot of things. She’s a waitress at Anchorage’s premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcée who can’t quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager. She’s one overdue bill away from completely losing control-when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she’s scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and making appointments with a credit counselor.
What PW says: “Vexing and endearing.”

The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride

The Truth about Love and Lightning by Susan McBride
Release Date: February 12, 2013 by William Morrow
Summary from Goodreads: As far as Gretchen Brink is concerned, the tornado that just ripped through her land has nothing on the storms of a different sort happening all around her. Her grown daughter, Abby, has returned home with news that she’s pregnant, and no, she’s not sure whether she’s going to marry the father. A man with no memory has been dropped practically on her doorstep. And the not-so-little white lie she’s been telling for years is about to catch up with her. Abby is sure that the mysterious man is her long-lost father, Sam, who has finally returned just when she needs him most. As Abby, Gretchen, and the Man Who Might Be Sam get closer, the lie Gretchen told all those years ago begins to haunt her. When her secrets come out, and Sam’s past is finally revealed, will it tear down this fragile life they’ve built–or will the truth bring them all closer together?
What PW says: “Poignant page turner with flawed by lovable characters.”

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As always would love to hear your fiction suggestions! See ya next month!

The Big Kids’ Table: Holiday Shopping Guide Edition

Friends, I can’t believe I am writing my 12th Big Kids’ Table post right now. When I started up this idea in January, I wanted to open up my reading world to new books, even though I had found a new and lovely home in the young adult genre. For me, it’s always best for me to switch up the books that I’m reading. That way my feelings for one don’t have much of a chance of meshing into the other. Here’s where some of my “big kid reads” have come in (and the occasional dystopian too).

For December, I decided not to focus on NEW adult fiction/non-fiction releases but maybe some of the books I think deserve another mention and might be suitable for your holiday shopping needs. I have read every single book on this list and I totally stand by them.

Enjoy! And definitely let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for me or our readers! See you in 2013!Rather Be Reading Blog Shopping Guide - The Grown Up Books

titles you shouldn’t be afraid to give mom

My mom has always been a fan of romance novels and I keep thinking of books I may want to gift her… but I’m a little uncomfy giving her ones with super sexytimes. Is that mean? I mean, my mom, for example, loves The Vampire Diaries. She also watches Parenthood where sexytimes do exist. But you know, for my heart and my sanity… here are two titles I would not think twice about giving her. (In fact, I bought her Baby Proof for Mother’s Day this year and hoped she wouldn’t think I was “telling her something.” [I wasn’t. Sometimes a book is just a book.] P.S. She loved it.)

A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery [ my review ] dancing, cats, two Scrooges.

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin [ goodreads ] marriage, children, happiness.

my fave grown up books of 2012

Gosh, this was a toughie. Elena from Novel Sounds surprised me with a fabulous copy of Attachments a few months ago, and I finally finished it this week. Wow. It’s the kind of book you want to buy for 10 of your friends. I love the writing style, the male POV, the inserted emails, the throwback to 1999. It’s perfect. It made me feel warm inside. (Also this book is perfect for your mom and your best friend.)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell [ goodreads | novel sounds review ] an office setting, love at first email, mystery!

Saving Ruth has a few heavy elements — eating disorders, sibling rivalry — but the author’s voice is really refreshing and the age group is great… a kid home on her first break from college. This was a pick on Big Kids’ Table in the beginning, and I’m so glad I got a copy at the the library. While I hate dislike the term “new adult”, this kind of falls into the category and could engage a wide range of age groups.

Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman [ my review ] a girl home from college dealing with some heavy issues, befriending a sweet kid, a dash of romance

to be gifted with a cold shower (or 2)

Let’s go back to my sexytimes comments before as in not safe for work or while operating heavy machinery or maybe even gifting to your mother. These two titles made my toes curl, but they had nice stories too. (I liked Victoria Dahl’s approach to the romance novel a bit more than Susan Mallery’s… but both will sure satisfy your desire for a solid romance novel.)

Summer Nights by Susan Mallery [ my review ] a cowboy and a librarian meet in a bar (really, sort of)

Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl [ goodreads ] a cowboy and a makeup artist meet in a beautiful place

…okay seriously, I may have a thing for cowboys.

haunting + captivating

Despite slow starts with each of these picks, I got to a point where I could not put either down. So different but so well written, and so addicting.

City of Women by David Gillham [ my review ] Set during World War 2, a woman separated from her lover may be hiding his wife and children. (Warning: sexual themes.)

The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker [ my review ] A man is determined to figure out what really happened to Marilyn Monroe… and someone really doesn’t want him to find out.

bonus: YA picks for the wary grownup

You know the type I’m talking about… the kind of person who loves to read but looks down at your love for young adult literature? Just because it’s written for younger people does not mean that it is not LITERATURE. Because it really is. This list was probably the most difficult for me to make, because when I finalized it, I kept coming up with more. What do you think?

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson [ magan’s review] beautiful writing, a story about family

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer [ my review] lush setting, solid writing, mothers/daughters, bonds

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas [ magan’s review] grief, a story about family and moving forward

The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando [ my review ] dealing with change in a family, well-developed characters

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane [ my review ] the feel of a vintage YA, family, fate, etc.

For some more ideas, check out Jamie’s post on picks for a picky reader over at The Perpetual Page Turner!

And one more shout out to Anna Reads’ sister (even if she stole Anna’s Harry Potter books), who shared some grown up choices for the holidays as well.

Happy reading and shopping! (Two of my favorite things in the world!)

The Big Kids’ Table: Five Fiction Picks (November)

The Big Kids Table: Adult novels chosen by Rather Be Reading Blog every month.

The Big Kids’ Table is a monthly feature
from Rather Be Reading Blog, where we take a tiny break
from the young adult genre to shed some light on
five adult titles
(could be fiction or non-fiction)

you may want to add to your reading list.

November?! Next week is Thanksgiving? What has happened to this year? I guess that’s what happens when you read so many books. Time totally flies. We’re down to our final two collections of adult picks for the year. I really like working on this meme every month, but I’m thinking of trying something a little different when January rolls around. I’m still not sure yet, but keep a look out. I’m going to infest your bookshelves with adult fiction books if it’s the last thing I do!

 sweets.

Vanity Fare by Megan CaldwellVanity Fare by Megan Caldwell (Goodreads)
Publication Date: December 26, 2012 from William Morrow.
Description: Molly Hagan is overwhelmed.Her husband left her for a younger, blonder woman, her six year-old son is questioning her authority, and now, so is she. In order to pay her Brooklyn rent and keep her son supplied with Pokemon and Legos-not to mention food and clothing-she has to get a job. Fast.

So when an old friend offers Molly a copywriting position at a new bakery, finding romance is just about the last thing on her mind. But the sexy British pastry chef who’s heading up the bakery has other thoughts. And so does Molly when she meets the chef’s intimidating business partner-who also happens to have a secret that might prevent Molly from getting her own Happily Ever After.

road trip.

Driver's Education by Grant GinderDriver’s Education by Grant Ginder (Goodreads)
Publication Date: January 8, 2012 from Simon & Schuster
Description: When he was a younger man, Alistair McPhee was fond of escaping in his ’56 Chevy Bel Air, Lucy, named for the cherished wife who died and left him and their nine-year-old son Colin behind. Yearning for a way to connect to his itinerant father, Colin turned to writing screenplays inspired by the classic films they used to watch together, while Colin’s own son, Finn, grew up listening to his grandfather spin tales of danger, heartbreak, and redemption on the road.
Now, at the end of his life and wishing to feel the wind in his hair one last time, Alistair charges his grandson with a task: bring Lucy to him in San Francisco from New York, where a man named Yip has been keeping her safe. The long road west will lead Finn, accompanied by his disgruntled friend Randal and an ancient three-legged orange cat named Mrs. Dalloway, through the very cities that supposedly bore witness to Alistair’s greatest adventures, offering an unlikely lesson in the differences between facts and truth, between boys and men.  

family.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (Goodreads)
Publication Date: January 15, 2013 from Knopf
Description: In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.  Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.  She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

romance.

Beach House No. 9 by Christie RidgwayBeach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway (Goodreads)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013 from Harlequin
Description:  When book doctor Jane Pearson arrives at Griffin Lowell’s beach house, she expects a brooding loner. After all, his agent hired her to help the reclusive war journalist write his stalled memoir. Instead, Jane finds a tanned, ocean-blue-eyed man in a Hawaiian shirt, hosting a beach party and surrounded by beauties. Faster than he can untie a bikini top, Griffin lets Jane know he doesn’t want her. But she desperately needs this job and digs her toes in the sand.
Griffin intends to spend the coming weeks at Beach House No. 9 taking refuge from his painful memories-and from the primly sexy book doctor who wants to bare his soul. But warm nights, moonlit walks and sultry kisses just may unlock both their guarded hearts….

regret.

Here I Go Again by Jen LancasterHere I Go Again by Jen Lancaster (Goodreads)
Publication Date: February 5, 2013 from NAL Hardcover
Description: Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn’t understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped…beloved…feared. Present day, not so much. She’s been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband, and kicked out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, she’s struggling to start a business out of her parents’ garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom. Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her present is miserable because of her past. But it’s not like she can go back in time and change who she was…or can she?

Thanks for joining me again this month!