I’m a pretty avid reader and have been since I was about 11 years old. My mother and I used to travel from Connecticut into New York City on the Metro North train for auditions and modeling work. It was a 45 minute train ride and I would immerse myself in a good book to pass the time. When I was a tween I was a devoted fan of The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins series. I also loved to pick up the current Archie Comic book from my favorite magazine stand in Grand Central station. I was pretty obsessed with Archie and the gang in those days. Though I may have outgrown my childhood book preferences I never outgrew my passion for reading.
One of my all time favorite things to do is to spend an entire afternoon in Barnes & Noble. I travel from floor to floor perusing everything from new fiction to self help to the young adult section. Ok I may not have completely outgrown my early reading preferences but I’m pretty sure the selection for teenagers is a lot more sophisticated than in my day. Now I sound like I’m 110 years old. Anyway, I never leave the store without at least a dozen new books to read and am always chomping on the bit to get home and dive into one. So for any of you out there who love a good story as much as I do, here’s what I was reading this summer by the pool, or on the couch, or in bed, or wherever I can find some peace and quiet!
A Touch of Stardust is a really engaging and revealing story about the making of Gone with the Wind, Carole Lombard and her love affair with Clark Gable. For anyone, like me, who is fascinated by old Hollywood and wishes they could have been a part of the scene back then, this is a great absorbing read.
Tiny Little Things is another riveting tale set in another era. I don’t know about you but I love immersing myself in the past, especially when it has a hint of glamour to it. This ones got secrets, intrigue and betrayal all wrapped up in one juicy tale. It’s the perfect summer read in my book, get it? Get what I did there?
Three Wishes is from one of my favorite authors. I’ve read all her other books and they are equally as wonderful as this one. I couldn’t choose a favorite of the three sisters at the center of this tale. Each one has an equally hilarious and compelling story. I was left feeling a little bereft once I finished the book, like I was parting ways with three fantastically fun and interesting new girlfriends.
Two If By Sea is a sweeping, you need plenty of alone time and NO distractions, kind of novel. The characters are so richly and intimately drawn that I could truly feel their essence as I read about them. The story incorporates several themes but I really loved the magical aspect of it and the emotional connections between the characters.
This group of books really runs the gamut of themes. I’ve got a little mystery, some chick lit, and a couple of lifestyle books that caught my eye. I can’t wait to dive into these reads and will let you know my thoughts once I’ve plowed through them all! Here are the links in case you’re intrigued and want to check them out before I get to them.