Recent Reads

April 17th, 2008 • Kate

A lovely editor in the Random House group was kind enough to slide me a copy of Sophie Kinsella’s latest, REMEMBER ME? This is the story of a woman who wakes up from a car accident with three years worth of amnesia, and spends the rest of the book trying to match her memories of herself and her life with the cold, uncaring, driven, glamorous person she’s apparently become. I’ve decided I much prefer Kinsella’s non-SHOPAHOLIC books, since I’m not quite as prone to spend my reading time annoyingly frustrated with the main character. This was a perfect escape between final wedding prep and my sister’s marathon viewing sessions of crime dramas. As I’ve said before, Kinsella is one of my fave women’s fiction writers, although her work is consistently on the lighter side of things. And sometimes you need that. Who else should I try next time I need a break?

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  1. Chiron O'Keefe Says:

    I loved "Natural Born Charmer" from Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
    Light and fun, and one of her best.
    Perfect for a "break" from life. *smile*
    I just ordered, "Sleeping With Ward Cleaver" by Jenny Gardiner. Looks like a fun romp. I'll keep you posted.
    –Chiron

  2. Chiron O'Keefe Says:

    I loved "Natural Born Charmer" from Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
    Light and fun, and one of her best.
    Perfect for a "break" from life. *smile*
    I just ordered, "Sleeping With Ward Cleaver" by Jenny Gardiner. Looks like a fun romp. I'll keep you posted.
    –Chiron

  3. Chiron O'Keefe Says:

    I loved "Natural Born Charmer" from Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
    Light and fun, and one of her best.
    Perfect for a "break" from life. *smile*
    I just ordered, "Sleeping With Ward Cleaver" by Jenny Gardiner. Looks like a fun romp. I'll keep you posted.
    –Chiron

  4. Chiron O'Keefe Says:

    I loved "Natural Born Charmer" from Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
    Light and fun, and one of her best.
    Perfect for a "break" from life. *smile*
    I just ordered, "Sleeping With Ward Cleaver" by Jenny Gardiner. Looks like a fun romp. I'll keep you posted.
    –Chiron

  5. Chiron O'Keefe Says:

    I loved "Natural Born Charmer" from Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
    Light and fun, and one of her best.
    Perfect for a "break" from life. *smile*
    I just ordered, "Sleeping With Ward Cleaver" by Jenny Gardiner. Looks like a fun romp. I'll keep you posted.
    –Chiron

  6. Trish Says:

    I am so glad I'm not alone in being frustrated by the Shopaholic!

  7. beth Says:

    That book sounds amazing and is going on my "To Buy" list!
    My cousin was in her senior year of college to be an engineer when she was in a car accident and suffered brain damage…that made her lose all her skills in math (also other skills, but that was the most tragic to her). In order to achieve her dream of being an engineer, she had to re-learn all her mathematical skills. I am so intrigued by a book that examines the idea of what amnesia can do to a person…

  8. Joelle Says:

    Sharon Krum. I love both WALK OF FAME and THE THING ABOUT JANE SPRING.

  9. Jean Oram Says:

    I thought I was alone in being frustrated by the immaturity and irresponsibility of the protagonist in 'Shopaholic'. However, I LOVED 'Undomestic Goddess' and 'Can You Keep a Secret', also by Kinsella. Seeing as we seem to have similar tastes (according to your submissions page), there is no need to mention Meg Cabot or Jennifer Weiner.
    Therefore, I recommend anything by Jane Green. 'The Robber Bride' by Margaret Atwood–it can be as light or as deep as you like and actually got me back into reading over a decade ago. As well, the characterization in Emily Giffin's 'Something Borrowed' is excellent.
    I hope you get a chance to devour something light again in the near future!

  10. Caryn Says:

    Just getting caught up on blogs after being away from them for a while. Just had to say, first of all, that I'm reading Remember Me right now and am enjoying it very much. As for chick lit/romantic comedies, I also enjoy Lani Diane Rich and Jennifer Crusie's novels (among many others). Also, to second another commenter, Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips is always a favorite.