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Book Report

To me, one of the best parts of a beach vacation is that you can sit down with a cocktail and just read. I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s extraordinarily relaxing to do nothing but lay in a lounge chair all day, have someone bring me snacks and booze, and lose myself in a book. Luckily, Joe is the same way, and most days, we sat outside and just read and read and read. The result? I read a lot while we were gone. All these books, plus several magazines, and I thumbed my way through the Fifty Shades series when I ran out of stuff to read, thinking it’d be breezy poolside reading. It was. It was also just as bad as it was the first time.

Anyway, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the four new books I read! Maybe there’s something good you’ll want to pick up over the holidays. You can click on any of the books below to learn more about it.

{Image Credit: Intro book photo via Elle Moss Etsy shop}

24 responses to “Book Report”

  1. Jacquelyn | lark & linen, on November 19, 2012 at 6:04 am said:

    I’ve been in the market for some new reads. Thanks for the tips!!

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  2. Samantha Penner, on November 19, 2012 at 6:31 am said:

    I’ve been wanting to read the Mindy Kaling book! Glad to be introduced to the others, too. Glad you enjoyed your vacay!

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  3. Kenze Lee, on November 19, 2012 at 6:31 am said:

    Great book ideas, I will be adding to my ever growing list of things to read.

    Right now I am rereading the Great Gatsby, can’t wait for the movie!

    xo, Kenzie

    http://www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

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  4. Bethany, on November 19, 2012 at 6:32 am said:

    Great suggestions! If you need any more for your list, anything by Jhumpa Lahiri — Unaccustomed Earth, The Namesake, Interpretor of Maladies — is phenomenal. And, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker was excellent.

    All the Best,
    Bethany
    aluckyfifth.com

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  5. Catfish & Caviar, on November 19, 2012 at 6:39 am said:

    Oooo I haven’t read any of these! Thanks for the suggestions :)

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  6. Chaucee, on November 19, 2012 at 7:43 am said:

    I’m in love with Mindy’s book! She’s hilarious.

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  7. Alyssa, on November 19, 2012 at 8:15 am said:

    Yay! I’m always looking for new books to read. I’ve read Mindy’s book (more than once) and I’ve recently started Super Sad True Love Story. So far, I love it!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  8. Haley @ Cardigan Junkie, on November 19, 2012 at 8:26 am said:

    I’m about 80% done with SSTLS and really enjoying it! I sit in the corner of our sectional giggling to myself, and I’ll be sad when it’s over. I’m totally in awe of Gary Shteyngart’s talent!

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  9. janel, on November 19, 2012 at 8:45 am said:

    i absolutely LOVE to know what others are reading and WHY they liked them (or didn’t!). my “to-read” list is constantly growing and growing. right now i’m reading Bel Canto- I would definitely recommend it!

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  10. erin (@erincg), on November 19, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

    bossypants was hands down the funniest book i’ve ever read – i pass it on to all of my gf’s! if you’re looking for a great psuedo self help book that isn’t lame, bethenny’s place of yes was a game changer for me. love mindy and have been meaning to pick up this book – thanks for reminding me! x

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  11. Tobe | Because It's Awesome, on November 19, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

    thanks for the reccos!

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  12. Joanne, on November 19, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

    Loved SSTLS although it is a bit creepy in that it’s believeable… Just read Michael Ondaatje’s “The Cat’s Table” – he’s a wonderful story teller, great writer.

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  13. The Salonierre, on November 19, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

    I’m about to start traveling pretty soon and am looking for books to read on my trip so it’s great to find some recommendations! I’ve been meaning to read Mindy Kaling’s book too…but when I saw Super Sad True Love Story, I just had to click on the link. I’ve heard about it but never really checked it out, but now I’ve read the excerpt on Amazon, I just have to get it to find out what happens next! It kind of reminds me of Cloud Atlas, which is a movie that I’ve just added to my to-be-watched list!

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  14. TheNOW, on November 19, 2012 at 10:43 am said:

    I read Loose Diamonds too…some of her stories were pretty interesting. OK I need to finish reading Andy Cohen’s book and then I’ll need to get Mindy Kaling’s!!! Love her. xox

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  15. Dana McDowell, on November 19, 2012 at 11:46 am said:

    Yay, I love it when we get a chance to catch up/slow down with our reading!

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  16. Chelsea, on November 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm said:

    The majority of these are on my must-read list! I really need to download a few to my Kindle ASAP. Also, I’m not into audio books, but Tina Fey actually did the audio book for “BossyPants” and after I read it, I listened to it on the advice of a friend. TOTALLY WORTH it.

    Chelsea
    Haute Child in the City

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  17. Rachel, on November 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm said:

    I’m not a huge Mindy fan, but I’ve heard the book is great. I have to grab a friends and decide for myself now!

    Life Unsweetened

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  18. Hitha On The Go, on November 20, 2012 at 5:51 am said:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Mindy’s book – it’s one of my favorites. And I’m a huge Gary Shteyngart fan, but have been waiting for my next long flight before picking up his latest book – so thank you for the rave! Adding the rest of the books to my list.

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  19. Natalie, on November 20, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

    Oh my goodness, your reading list is practically identical to mine. I maintain a 50+ book constant “wish list” on Amazon, and, except for the first, all of these books have been on it or are currently on it.

    What you said about Mindy Kaling’s book echoes exactly what I’ve told people about it – it’s funny and sweet, but it just doesn’t hit the bar that Tina Fey set wiht Bossypants. Still worth a read, but read Tina Fey first!

    Rules of Civility is hanging out on my list right now – so glad you gave it a rave review!

    I have to be honest, I just couldn’t make it through Super Sad True Love Story, and I NEVER give up on a book. The first chapter or two was just so strange that I dropped it. However, I hear it gets better if you push through the first few chapters, so maybe I should give it a second shot?

    Based on what I could tell from the first couple chapters of SSTLS, if you like that, you’ll also like A Visit From the Goon Squad. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and is just SO fantastic and layered. Also, part of it is set in San Francisco!

    I would also recommend anything by Jeffrey Eugenides, particularly Middlesex and The Marriage Plot. His writing is BEAUTIFUL. Come to think of it, he also won the Pulitzer…

    Great recommendations! I love finding someone who has great taste in books – please keep these posts coming!

    Natalie
    Name’s Not Ashley

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  20. Meredith @ Map & Menu, on November 21, 2012 at 5:11 am said:

    What a list – I’m so glad you had the chance to read Mindy’s book! I loved it. I haven’t read Bossypants yet, but thanks to you, I reserved a copy at the library just now. I’m also looking forward to starting SSTLS now too! I’ve recently finished The Fault in Our Stars and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and highly recommend them both!

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