Apologies for the silence. I've been posting every day over at the 40 Days blog, and moving huge chunks of my new manuscript around from one place to another...and then putting them all back where they started. And for a super-huge treat when I need a break, I catch a DVR'd episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Not exactly the stuff scintillating blog posts are made of.
Still, I missed you guys! I thought I'd drop by to share a glimpse of the pile of books I'm excited to read when I come up again for air. We're going back to Lake Moose next month for vacation, and I'm already stocking up, planning to bring a suitcase full of books, a bathing suit, and a tube of sunscreen. My version of traveling light.
Here's what's in the pile:
Julie Buxbaum's THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE, now out in paperback!!! I have wanted to read this for SO long I can't even tell you (both Manic Mom and Swishy raved about it when I saw them in Chicago last summer, but life was just too crazy then and I wanted to read it when I'd have time to really take it in)
Jen Lancaster's PRETTY IN PLAID. I adore Jen, love her writing, and I spent my teen years in the same decade of bizarre fashion options as that she writes about here. She went for argyle and alligator shirts, I went for giant hoop earrings and ripped I-wanna-be-Madonna t-shirts. But deep inside, I longed for a shirt with an open-mouthed reptile on the front. I may buy an extra copy in case I laugh so hard that I drop the book in the lake (which is what happened when I read SUCH A PRETTY FAT ...)
Julie Klam's PLEASE EXCUSE MY DAUGHTER. Her mother took her out of school to go shopping...need I say more?! It's the childhood I wish I had (see: deep longing for open-mouth reptile shirt, above)
Mary F. Pol's ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE. She's from Maine!!! I read snippets of the hardcover edition right before we moved, and loved her style and the funny, honest way she shares the unexpected path her life has taken. Can't wait to read the whole thing.
What's in your to-be-read-this-summer bag?