Books

Weekend Reading

Add this one to your To-Read list because you are going to love it. Sophie Kinsella’s new book, Surprise Me, is exactly what you expect from this author, a funny, endearing main character plus some good intentions that of course, go awry.  I read this one quickly, its very cute and fun and the perfect escape for a few hours.

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in. 
            
They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

Sophie is such a skilled writer, drawing readers into the story and keeping us intrigued with how things are going to play out. Fans of women’s fiction will love Surprise Me.
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Stephanie Wittels Wachs idolized her brother, Harris. He was hilarious from a young age and Stephanie just adored him, as did many people. A talented comic and writer, he struggled with drug addiction and ultimately died of an overdose.

In her memoir, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful, Stephanie details the life of her brother and his death and how she tried to cope with it. This book is so good and tough to read in parts, my heart broke a million times reading Stephanie’s story. I know the publisher wants advance readers to hold off on spilling too much about this book so I’ll stop here but definitely pre-order and mark it to be read in March 2018 when it comes out!

I just started Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagan and can’t wait to pick it back up and continue reading. Camille is one of my favorite authors, she can spin a tale and keep you laughing. This book isn’t due out until 2018 so you know the drill- add it to your Goodreads list, pre-order on Amazon.

Here’s the synopsis:

At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.

On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.

Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance. But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?

Only a few chapters in and I love it. I can so relate to Maggie and Im sure thousands (millions?) of other women can too. Don’t miss this one and in the meantime, the author has several good books so if you haven’t read any of her novels, grab one today!

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The cover is so great, isn’t it? The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein is next up on my list. You really don’t hear too much about the people who come in after a tragedy and clean up, do you? The only other time I’ve seen this topic mentioned was in the movie Sunshine Cleaning.

I’m very intrigued with this topic and the reviews for the book are all positive raving about the author’s amazing ability to capture the story behind the scene.

Take a look:

Do you know who cleans up a murder scene? It’s not the police or the paramedics. It’s people like Sandra Pankhurst, a trauma cleaner for whom death and decay are a part of life. Sandra’s trauma work includes crime scenes and floods, real estate agents, executors of deceased estates, and charitable organizations. All call on Sandra to deal with lonely deaths, suicides or cases of long-term property neglect, where homes have fallen into disrepute due to the occupier’s mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, aging, or physical disability. Sandra comes to know her clients as well as they know themselves; she airs out their smells, throws out their weird porn, their photos, their letters, the last traces of their DNA entombed in soaps and toothbrushes. She does not, however, erase these people. She couldn’t. She has experienced their same sorrows.

This is the fascinating true story of what happens after a disaster; what happens when the dust clears and all that’s left is a mess to clean up? You call Sandra, who arrives to make order out of chaos.

I’m gearing up for any traumatic and troubling details which are to be expected in a book about cleaning up crime scenes. But I know this is going to be one of those books where I can’t stop reading and will be raving about it when I’m done.

 

If you are looking for a really good, gripping book to read this weekend, check out Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft. I was glued to the pages, staying up late to see how the story was going to play out. Amazing book!

And if you are on a path of self improvement, check out