It’s hot out, and the last thing you want to do is go outside and melt. Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in some reading and best of all it’s one of the least expensive things you can to entertain yourself! (Stay cool this summer: PJ’s in the Freezer and 7 Other Ideas for Staying Cool in the Summer)
My husband, Aaron, will tell you that I am a completely optimistic book checker outer- meaning I’ll go the library check out a huge stack of books, let them set by my bed and then I usually only actually read a portion of them. I load all the books back into my bag, lug said heavy bag back onto the bus with me and continue to repeat the cycle over and over. Hey, I love books! And I have dreams of spontaneously and miraculously becoming a speed-reader who is actually to finish all the books I pick out. It’s kind of like that saying that goes with food: “my eyes are bigger than my stomach”, and I really think should be a checking-out-too-many-books equivalent like, “my eyes are bigger than my time.” ? ;)
One book that you’ve got to make time for this summer is an e-book called The Queen of Minor Disasters it is written by Antonietta Mariottini who is a stay-at-home mom, and she has written her first novel (this book) while her baby was sleeping (what an accomplishment!). (See also: 37 Books You Just Can’t Miss)
The Queen of Minor Disasters is a chick-lit novel with recipes and it’s a great summer read that has been rated as one of Amazon’s top 100 humorous books! And get this, it’s only $3.99. Um, total score!
Take this book with you to the beach or pool this year or cozy up with it by the good ol’ ac unit.
A bit more about the novel:
Stella DiLucio is the master of fixing other peoples’ problems. After all, the sassy twenty-seven- year old manages her brother Lorenzo’s restaurant on the Jersey Shore. With the help of a little “Food Therapy” Stella can evade meddling mothers , face frenemies, confuse gossiping locals, and smooth out family conflicts, all while keeping a smile on her face. She’s that good at her job. But let’s be honest, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to run the family restaurant. All it really takes is the right dress (and shoes), some confidence, and the ability to give food away for free (just don’t tell Lorenzo). Stella seems to have it all, but when her boyfriend throws her a curve ball, her life starts to unravel. To make matters worse, a sexy guy from her past keeps messing with her head, her parents drop a bomb that changes the family dynamic, and her best friend starts keeping secrets from her. Can the queen of minor disasters set her own life straight? Or will it take more than some “Food Therapy” to get through this mess?
Join Stella as she deals with her quarter-life crisis, runs the family business, and ultimately figures out what she wants in life. Full of unexpected twists and turns, outlandish characters, and inspiring recipes, this laugh- out-loud novel will take you behind the scenes of the restaurant business, whetting your appetite, and making you beg for seconds.
What are your favorite summertime books?
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I’m the same way with library books! Let me loose in the library and I’ll emerge with tons and tons of books…then suddenly become incredibly busy and only make it through a few. Summer is a great time to catch up on reading.
Omg. Sometimes I feel like such a mess with my library books!
If it were not for the library, I would have books all over! Thank goodness I can just take them back.
Whew, totally glad to just take them back sometimes!
I just started reading the Happiness Project. Page 15 and it makes me happy already :) Thanks for the tip!