beachy book suggestions?

I am less than two weeks away from my vacation in Jamaica and I am so excited! I am just trying to figure out what books to bring with me. It has been rare, lately, that I have found a book that I cannot put down. Luckily, my friend, Chrissy, had suggested I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson and I zipped through it on my honeymoon. I only started to read my magazines I had brought with me on the last day after I had finished the book and was going through some serious Steig Larsson withdrawal. (I also immediately read the second book when I got home. I think that one was my favorite. I am going through the third book slowly, right now. It isn't keeping my attention as well as the others.)

I know I am definitely going to get a copy of Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco to make some improvements on my jewelry business model. And now that Tina Fey's Bossypants is out, I am definitely downloading that to my Kindle. But I also would like to bring along another book or two, preferably fiction (or fictiony). Any suggestions?

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  1. I really enjoyed Silk by Rupert James. Here's the blurb:
    Christine Fairbrother is a high-powered barrister, the scourge of the divorce courts. Christine has ambitions to become a QC – to “take silk” – after her next big case.

    Her talented daughter, Isabelle Cissé, is a design graduate launching herself on the London fashion scene, full of dreams and ambitions – and with a fatal weakness for unsuitable men…

    Victoria Crabtree loves fashion almost as much as she loves money. But her position as the mistress of Massimo Rivelli, multi-millionare owner of the House of Rivelli, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of couture fashion, is precarious. Massimo is very married, very Italian and very Catholic. He shows no sign of wanting to divorce his wife and Victoria’s always in danger of being replaced with a younger model. But he’s about to discover just what lengths Victoria will go to in order to survive…

    Three women set on a collision course. Their lives and conflicting ambitions become tangled as Christine handles the divorce case that could give Victoria the man she’s wanted for her own for so long – but which could wreck her daughter’s blossoming career at the same time.


  2. i've been trying to read as many classics as possible, here is a link
    to penguin books' "100 classics to read before you die"
    i'm so envious of your trip! that's going to be amazing!

  3. a little while ago, i read this novel "anagrams" by lorrie moore.... very interesting narrative structure, great characters, great language.

    i am also a huge, huge fan of short fiction; reading a short story can be really satisfying. raymond carver, shirley jackson, flannery o'connor, tennessee williams, john updike, john cheever are some great classics.


  4. yah! exciting! i would recommend "i was told there would be cake" and "how did you get this number?" both by sloane crosley-- v scarcastic and short reads. xoxo jcd

  5. I just got this morning the Tina Fey's book and I cant wait to read it. That is a great vacation choice. Have a lovely Wed, darling

    Ps: I’m hosting a super fun 3 winners GIVEAWAY today! Hope you’ll join in :)

  6. "Pink Boots and a Machete" I haven't been able to put it down. It's by Dr. Mireya Mayor and it basically goes through her life from an NFL Cheerleader to trekking through remote jungles documenting animals on the verge of extinction. I like how she writes and its pretty exciting.

  7. Hey Morgan!

    I"m wondering the SAME thing! I have "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen and "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" on my shelf ready to read and was thinking of taking them both down (in case I can't get into one of them). I'd be very interested in other people's suggestions!

    Thanks for the post! And thank you to every one who already posted a suggestion!


  8. Oh whoops! I'm signed in as "D"...this is Chrissy by the way

  9. Chrissy again...I just thought of a suggestion for you. "Little Altars Everywhere" by Rebecca Wells. It's the prequel to "Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood" and I liked "Little Altars Everywhere" A LOT more. It's a collection of vignetttes that tell a family's story and parts are happy but other parts are pretty dark. I read it on vacation in Florida and really liked it. I don't own it though so unfortunately I can't lend it to you.

    Just an idea! What other books are you thinking of?

  10. I would totally suggest anything by Bill Bryson - he is so hilarious and his books are easy to read. (added bonus, i went to the same university he did!)


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