3 Page-turners to Kick-Off-Summer 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Today’s gift:  3 un-put-down-able books to kick-off summer.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer.  This year, I started my summer reading binge early with several books you will LOVE.

All three titles are vastly different but they have one shared characteristic — you will not be able to put these books down.

So whether you will be on a hammock, deck, boat, or rooftop terrace this weekend, toss one of these fabulous reads (or download all three on your kindle) and start your summer on the right page!

TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green (St. Martin’s Press)

Jane Green is the author of 14 (!) New York Times bestsellers.  Her books tell stories about real women and real life.  TEMPTING FATE is provocative, exciting, and the first book the author has set in her hometown of Westport, CT.  As a Fairfield (CT) native, I loved visiting the familiar spots via the pages of this colorful and sexy read.  You will too.

THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone (Crown)

Another New York Times bestseller, THE ACCIDENT grabs you from page one.  Stephen King says, “If you like real nail-biters, this is the best one so far this year.” And Michael Connelly raves “Chris Pavone is the new best thing.”  Trust these two authors and all the others that are singing the praises of Pavone.  Set in the delicious world of NYC book publishing, the plot is at times surprising, explosive, and adrenalin inducing.  You will stay up late for this one!

YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Grand Central Publishing)

Fans of GONE GIRL will devour Jean Hanff Korelitz’s new novel.   The book is a thrilling thriller with a book-within-a-book literary device that will blow your mind (in the best way possible).  The reviews have been glowing — for the story, the writing, and the genius behind this elegant twisting tale.   You’ll think about the title long after you’ve closed the book.

Pack your bags and buy/borrow/order your books today for the long weekend and kick of my favorite season of books with 1, 2, or all 3 of my top picks!

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PS:  I’m not the book publicist for any of these books.   Full disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of each title from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Book Review & Giveaway: Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Today’s gift:  the My So-Called Sensory Life “Summer Reading Series.”

Over the course of the next month, we’ll travel to quintessential summer vacation spots — from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the pristine New England island of Nantucket (and we’ll make a few stops in between).  The books I’ll feature will refresh, recharge and hopefully replace your reality for at least a few hours.

I’m kicking off my new reading series today with bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews’ delicious and delightful new book SUMMER RENTAL.

Set in the Outer Banks, SUMMER RENTAL is the perfect vacation escape reading.  In fact, sitting at home I could smell the sea breeze and feel the sand between my toes as I joined best friends Ellis, Julia and Dorie on their month-long vacation.

Mary Kay Andrews is a masterful story-teller — you’ll recognize yourself and your friends in her colorful characters and you’ll long for the surf and sun every time you open the book.  I’ve visited the Outer Banks and MKA effortlessly captures the essence of OBX.

I don’t want to give away any juicy details so I’ll end my review by saying this:  my one criteria for summer escape reading is never wanting to put the book down.  SUMMER RENTAL surprised me until the last page.  It’s easy to see why USA TODAY and PEOPLE magazine included the book on their Summer 2011 Beach Read lists and now you can, too!

I’m giving away one autographed copy of SUMMER RENTAL here on My So-Called Sensory Life.

To enter to win:

Please subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed on the home page and then leave a comment here on this post.

You can enter to win July 29-August 15, 2011.  USA only please. One entry per email only please.  No PO boxes.  I’ll do a random drawing and contact the winner directly.

Good luck!

Learn more about SUMMER RENTAL and Mary Kay Andrews here:


Next stop: Maine.


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