Thursday, July 21, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Reading Repeats with Some My Favorite Chick Lit Authors

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This Thursday’s Question:

What’s the first book that you ever read more than once? (I’m assuming there’s at least one.)

What book have you read the most times? And–how many?

The very first book I read more than once was Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. (This was also the very first book I ever cried while reading itJ) I absolutely adored this book. It reminded me of the movie Beaches, chronicling the close friendship of two women, who reconvened each summer for fun, family and fiesta.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changed forever - when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable priviledge, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters...
Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go - for the friend whose casual betrayals she remembers all too well. Because Vix wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend - her summer sister - still has the power to break her heart....

There have been other books that I have read twice not always purposefully but by the time I remembered I read them, I kept on reading through because I couldn’t recall the ending and they were highly enjoyable. One example of such books was one I borrowed from the library, Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes, last year. The characters all sounded familiar with their unique names, like Ashling Kennedy, Lisa Edwards and especially, Marcus Valentine. Sure enough, about half way through I realized that I had read it a few years prior, but I couldn’t remember the ending so I kept reading on.

Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes


Prada-wearing magazine editor Lisa Edwards thinks her life is over when her "fabulous" new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin, launching Colleen magazine. No more jet-setting to the fall collections. No more fabulous parties and photographs in the society pages. The only saving grace is

that her friends aren't there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?

Ashling Kennedy, Colleen's assistant editor, is an award-winning worrier, increasingly aware that something fundamental is missing from her life -- apart from a boyfriend and a waistline. And then there's her closest, oldest friend Clodagh "Princess" Kelly, who is apparently living the domestic dream in a suburban castle. So why, lately, has Clodagh had a recurring urge to kiss a frog -- sleep with a frog, if truth be told?

Finally, other books I have recently decided that I want to read or listen to for a second time. Specifically, one that comes to mind includes a Sophie Kinsella novel, Remember Me, that I read in the Fall of 2009. I loved the book so much that I wanted to see how the audio version sounded as well and sure enough, it was just as scintillating and maybe even more hilarious to hear spoken aloud. I continue on this trend with another Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess that I read many years back, and it, too, had a laugh-a-minute audio to entertain every car ride. There are many more books on my To-Be-Re-Read list.

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

High-powered attorney Samantha Sweeting has just made a mistake that could snuff out her career. In total meltdown, she abandons her office and catches the first available train out of London, winding up in the middle of nowhere. Still suffering from brain freeze, she wanders first into a large mansion and then into a job as a housekeeper. Samantha's domestic skills are in severe disarray, but somehow she blunders through sewing, ironing, cleaning, and patching together her life. A winning "undomestic" tale from the author of Shopaholic & Sister

What books will you be reading for a second time around??

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