Wednesday, July 13, 2011

beach reads

hello mavens!  i must confess, i'm usually the type who starts books but rarely follows through with them to the end - especially novels.  however, i've read (cover-to-cover) a few good books so far this summer, so i thought i'd share.


lunch in paris by elizabeth bard chronicles her life as a paris-transplant.  her enjoyable, funny writing transports you to another world (...or should i say country...) overflowing with delicious food, good wine and, of course, romance.  'nuff said.


the hunger games by suzanne collins is not the type of book i typically go far.  set in the (not-too-distant) future, the usa has transformed into panem - a dark and dissatisfied country comprised of 12 districts.  every year, the capitol, the only thriving city, hosts the "hunger games".  the games are meant to remind the districts of their inferiority by requiring 2 teens from every district to compete...to the death.  the winning district is then rewarded with food, money and supplies.  ok, if you're rolling your eyes, i totally understand.  but, all i can say is everyone...and i mean everyone...who has read this book LOVES it.  every chapter ends with a cliff hanger that makes you read on.  it's a quick, easy read and just perfect for the beach.  (bonus: if you love this book, it's the first of a trilogy, so read on.  i'm 3/4 of the way through catching fire, the 2nd of the trilogy now.  and it's goooood.)


this one's an oldie but a goodie.  peyton place by grace metalious is pretty much a soap-opera style, page turner.  the story follows a young girl in a small connecticut town.  seems innocent enough, right?  but each chapter takes you behind the towns people's closed doors and believe me, it's anything but innocent...  written in the 1950s, this book was completely scandalous in its day and was banned from a lot of libraries and book stores.  you intrigued yet?  (confession: i actually just finished the sequel, return to peyton place, but obviously, you have to read this one first...)

ok, so there you have it, my summer reading list.  after catching fire, i think i'll read the 3rd book in the hunger games series, mockingjay, and then...who knows...

do you have any good book suggestions for me?

33 comments:

  1. just stumbled across your blog and love it! I love your book review! I want to try the first one!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  2. these all sounds fantastic-dying to read every one now!

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  3. i've been dying to read the hunger games!! must put it on the top of my list :)

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  4. Oh Cailen I'm so glad you saw the light and gave The Hunger Games a whirl. SO GOOD. A word of warning you might be finding the second book not as great as the first. It's okay. It's the middle. Keep it up with Mockingjay and you will not be disappointed. Plus it's coming out as a movie next year - you'll be all in the know. Enjoy!

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  5. I adored the Hunger Games! Now you must read the second and third in the series. I would venture to say the second one is even better than the first if at all possible.

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  6. I haven't read any of these but my sister has read the whole hunger games series. she said it's really really good so i'm definitely going to be reading that as soon as i finish reading the harry potter series!

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  7. I've been meaning to read Lunch in Paris! Thanks for the reminder! I agree about Hunger Games too, I picked it up on a whim, due to all of the hype. Very unlikely book for my usual taste too. But, it was fairly entertaining! xoxo

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  8. o! great list! i need to visit the library soon :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  9. I just finished reading Water for Elephants and it was so good!

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  10. Ahh lately I've been the same way with books but it's mostly because I borrow all of them from the library and then don't finish them in time before they're due haha. But my friend lent me the first 'Hunger Games' novel and I finished it in TWO days. Totally agree on its addictiveness! Just have to read the next two :) And right now I'm reading "Anna and the French Kiss" which sounds really similar to the first novel you recommended - about an American girl doing her last year of high school in Paris. Hope you've been having a great week so far :)

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  11. i am now officially intrigued by peyton place :)
    hugs,
    Nelly
    www.massacredmascara.blogspot.com

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  12. I love hearing about new books! Thanks for posting this today- I am writing these all down as I type (okay, I am writing them down after I type as I am not THAT skilled at multitasking...)

    As for book recommendations...
    1. The Help
    2. Anything by Emily Giffin
    3. The Poisonwood Bible
    4. Interpreter of Maladies

    :)

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  13. Thank you for these recs - I've read Hunger Games but not the rest :)

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  14. The Hunger Games Trilogy was AMAZING! Wait till you get to Mockingjay!!! I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Very funny.

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  15. I'll add all of these to my beach list!

    Thanks for following :)

    The doll on fashion

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  16. You know, I thought about reading The Hunger Games, but it didn't seem like something I would like - I trust your judgement though and I'll give it a try! I've been looking for book suggestions, and all of these look great, thanks!
    Some books I've read recently that I recommend: Bossypants, The Help, and Her Fearful Symmetry (a little strange but very engrossing)

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  17. I totally bought into the Hunger Games too. Not my type of thing, but I literally read the entire series in 2 weeks. I can't wait for the movie. I remember trying to explain to my husband the plot and him just rolling his eyes at me. Sounds ridiculous but it's so good! I also just bought the Game of Thrones series because I liked the HBO series so much. Again, pretty outlandish stuff but my hairdresser said the books were worth a read.

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  18. I am currently reading the Hunger Games! I know I'm going to be stoned for this, but honestly, I think it's just okay. It's good, but not as fantastic as I had hoped, maybe because my expectations were set RIDICULOUSLY high from all the rave reviews! I'm still going to read the rest of the trilogy though :)

    <3 Belly B

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  19. I love book recommendations - thanks for sharing your recent reads! :)

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  20. You just reminded me about reading Lunch in Paris! I've heard great things about it. I felt that way about Eat Pray Love. That book was such an escapism!

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