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!


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.  


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.


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….


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!