Oh hey there. A Saturday post. Shocking, I know.
I like fun posts on the weekends so I hope you do too.
So I’ve been reading a lot this summer (no surprise there) and I wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of my favs. I haven’t formally reviewed these titlesÂ on Rather Be Reading Blog and I probably won’t but I had to get them on your radar somehow!
if you’re feeling like getting organized:
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
Lucy sold all her possessions and her house to send her teenage son to rehab, and now she’s been hired to organize and clean an old artist’s house. She is quite possibly the most difficult, frustrating client in the world but since Lucy wrote an entire book on organization it should be a snap, right? Wrong.
Final thoughts: This book made me laugh and got totally frustrated with the main character, who doesn’t know when to stop meddling. It’s kind of a great though; the narrator’s voice was fresh and very entertaining. I’m sad it took me so long to discover this one!
if you’re feeling musical:
The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston
Did you ever dream about bumping into your favorite musician? Junie certainly never wanted anything to do with Roman Holiday, a “has been” band that dealt with quite a bit of tragedy in the past. When she meets the lead singer on her summer vacation, she can’t believe how much they have in common or how much she actually likes him in person.
Final thoughts: I bought this book awhile ago at the urging of quite a few people, and finally read it a few weeks ago. Ever since, Springsteen has been following me everywhere. I thought it was sexy, honest, and fun and included so much of what people want in their YA: great friendships and diversity. Definitely worth downloading on your eReader.
if you’re feeling fancy:
Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
Ever want to go on the set of TV show? We get a backstage pass because of Allie’s best friend, Vanessa, who just nabbed a leading lady role. To save money for college, Allie works as Vanessa’s tutor/assistant on set and gets to meetÂ everyone’s celebrity dreamboat, Liam. Just as she starts to fall for him, PR decides Vanessa and Liam need to pretend they are dating to drum up enthusiasm for the new show. Drama, insecurity, the works!
Final thoughts: I keep calling this book the PERFECT Friday night date. I rarely sit in one spot and read a book for an entire evening but Behind the Scenes was one of those rare reads. As a debut, I thought Dahlia’s characters were incredibly realistic and I loved the dialogue. The Hollywood details were fun, and, ah, Liam really IS a dreamboat but in a nice boy kind of way… not like this unattainable thing. I’m so looking forward to the next book!
if you’re feeling shocking:
The One & Only by Emily Giffin
Texas. Football. Shea lives for both. But she’s also not sure what the future holds for her: career and romance-wise. After her best friend’s mom dies, life as she knows it completely changes. How she loves, who she reunites with, challenges of a new job, and more.
Final thoughts: Ah. Ah. Ah. This book really tested me as a reader. I knew what was going to happen; the foreshadowing was there but somehow, shockingly, Giffin made me believe in this unconventional turn of events. If you love football, the South, and are an open-minded reader, you should pick this one up. I was surprised how attached I was to it; I haven’t read a Giffin in awhile and I wanted to buy this one immediately. (It’s so heavy though so I’ll wait for paperback.)
Â Are you feeling EXCITED, ELATED, BORED (no!), READY TO GO SHOPPING?
I hope so! I have to say — it’s been a very very enjoyable year of reading for me so far. Hope you feel the same.