Friday, June 25, 2010

What I took to the Beach this weekend..

12 Times Blessed by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Though True Dickinson was widowed eight years ago, her young son, her thriving business, and her loving friends give her a full life. Still, her fory-third birthday party, on a snowy Cape Cod night, is cause to reflect and lament her dwindling youth, beauty, and chances at romance.

But everything changes the moment True slides into a ditch on the drive home and comes face-to-face with an opportunity to let love back into her life.

Twelve Times Blessed is the story of one year of transformation in a woman's life, and an unforgettable tale of the perils and pleasures of love in the modern age.

The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.

As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

Friendship, loyalty, and love lie at the heart of Meg Waite Clayton’s beautifully written, poignant, and sweeping novel of five women who, over the course of four decades, come to redefine what it means to be family.

For thirty-five years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967. These “Wednesday Sisters” seem to have little in common: Frankie is a timid transplant from Chicago, brutally blunt Linda is a remarkable athlete, Kath is a Kentucky debutante, quiet Ally has a secret, and quirky, ultra-intelligent Brett wears little white gloves with her miniskirts. But they are bonded by a shared love of both literature–Fitzgerald, Eliot, Austen, du Maurier, Plath, and Dickens–and the Miss America Pageant, which they watch together every year.

As the years roll on and their children grow, the quintet forms a writers circle to express their hopes and dreams through poems, stories, and, eventually, books. Along the way, they experience history in the making: Vietnam, the race for the moon, and a women’s movement that challenges everything they have ever thought about themselves, while at the same time supporting one another through changes in their personal lives brought on by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success.

Humorous and moving, The Wednesday Sisters is a literary feast for book lovers that earns a place among those popular works that honor the joyful, mysterious, unbreakable bonds between friends.
I am pretty sure that I am going to start off with The Girl Who Played with Fire, but we shall see what I am in the mood for! I am hoping to get a lot of reading done. We've been camping with the fam since Wednesday and will be coming back Sunday... So lots of time to get reading! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and don't forget to enter my 2nd Summer Giveaway!
What is in your beach bag this weekend?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Fun! Can't wait to hear what you think of these books. I own the 2nd one but haven't gotten around to reading it!

I'm reading "The Carousel" by Richard Paul Evans. Next up with be a murder mystery for my local bookclub.

Gracie said...

If you're really at the beach then I'm jealous ;-)
I have yet to read Meg Waite but my sis was recommending her so I am curious.

J said...

Those all look so good! Enjoy the weekend!

Marie Cloutier said...

LOVED the Larsson! :-) looks like some great beach books there!

Kelly said...

I am patiently waiting for my mom to finish the girl who kicked the hornets nest :) My dad told me that there were supposed to be 10 books in that series but that since he died, we only get 3. Boo!!!!

Right now I'm reading this book I found in my sister's collection called "The Weight of Silence" by Heather Gudenkauf- its just okay so far.