Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sweet Summer Social — Hello, Moxie!

Today's Sweet Summer Social guest post is by Denise of Hello, Moxie! We met at Alt Summit and she is a phenomenal photographer based in LA. She's always on the coolest shoots but totally keeps it real on her blog.  I'm always inspired to read a new book or learn more about a new topic after reading her truly genuine posts. 

Hi girls! I’m Denise from Hello, Moxie! One of my favorite things about summer is finding the time to get lost in some really great books. I love being so engrossed that you can’t put the book down. And when you absolutely have to, you are thinking about the characters and wondering what’s going to happen next. Don’t you love that?!? Then when you read the final page, you scramble to find who you can talk to about it. And years later, you are still thinking about those characters. It’s juicy and awesome love, I tell you. So, I thought I would share some of my all-time favorite books with you. I didn’t want to include the huge bestsellers that everyone has read like Memoirs of a Geisha or To Kill a Mockingbird. But, I promise you that I like these books and they pack just as many memories.

The Girls by Lori Lansens – I’ve only met one other person who read this book who I didn’t suggest it to. I have no idea why it’s not more popular! It tells the story of conjoined twin girls and their unlikely life. Your heart will melt, you will laugh, you will cry.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave – I don’t want to give anything away because the journey you take when you read a book is such a magical surprise. So don’t even read the book jacket, OK? It’s engrossing. But you will also laugh out loud. It goes by almost too quickly. You’ll go to London and Africa, and you’ll meet some interesting people. And you’ll ask yourself an important life question.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult – It’s about young love and best friends. And you guessed it – a pact that will keep you guessing until the very end.

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant – You’ll travel back in time to Florence, Italy and be filled with a wild plot, art, architecture and the historical Medici family. It’s a page-turner!

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby – Were you starting to think that I was super deep? Here’s a dark comedy!  It’s the only Nick Hornby I’ve read although I know I should read more. An odd cast of characters meet by chance atop a London building on the night they decide to kill themselves. Hilarity ensues …

Come Together by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees – I read this one more than a decade ago but I still think it’s pretty genius. It’s written by a guy and a girl. The story is contiguous but each chapter alternates storytellers – first the girl’s point of view, and then the guy’s. Let me tell you, it’s super fun to see both sides of the story about dating, hooking up and how wildly different girls and guys see things.

I have more but don’t want to overwhelm you! I also loved Just KidsThe Violets of MarchOne Day and ShopGirl. Happy reading!

Thanks for being a part of the Sweet Summer Social, Denise! I'm looking forward to reading The Girls this summer. Be sure to check out Hello, Moxie


Serena said...

I've read every single book on this list except for A Long Way Down, so I think we have pretty similar tastes! Excellent list :)

Kelli Long said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I can't wait to start the list. Summer reading is absolutely my favorite thing to do. Great post :)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

Finally something to keep me entertained long the many long plane rides ahead of me this summer. Can't wait!