That’s right–it’s my birthday! Today I turn 26 years old, and the festivities have already started! Over the weekend, I had a girls night out dancing in San Francisco, and tonight I’m celebrating with coworkers.
On Friday, my cats Lyra and Pippin will be joining me on a road trip to visit my family. I haven’t seen my parents and brother since I adopted the kitties during 4th of July weekend, so I’m excited to spend time with them. I’ll be on a week-long vacation before flying to NYC for an industry tradeshow–a calm before the crazy busy storm, if you will.
So how will I be treating myself during my time off? I’ve already set up appointments for plenty of pampering: hair, nails, massage, the whole nine yards. As a natural saver, I rarely spend money on myself, but I have made some room in my budget this month for some much-needed TLC.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a truly relaxing experience without some good books to read! This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is a free-for-all, so I decided what better way to include you all in my birthday fun than to share my reading wish list!
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: I loved Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, so I hope this book of hers (just released today) is just as good!
- Life as I Blow It by Sarah Colonna: A friend of Chelsea Handler’s is a friend of mine. Prim and proper people make for boring memoirs, but thankfully Colonna is not that kind of woman.
- Popular by Lauren Urasek: Dubbed “the most popular girl on OkCupid” by New York magazine, Urasek shares her online dating experiences. As someone who was by no means considered popular growing up, I’m interested to hear how the author navigates the trials and tribulations of dating in the 21st century. In stores Oct. 6.
- Suddenly One Summer by Julie James: One of my favorite romance novelists is at it again with this tale about a divorce lawyer who falls for an investigative journalist. The weather may be getting cooler, but the sexual tension in this book is sure to heat things up!
- Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne: I’ve been a fan of Browne’s since reading The Little Lady Agency, and it seems that she’s keeping up the wedding planning theme with this book.
- If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison: I wasn’t too impressed with When in Doubt, Add Butter, but I’m willing to give the author another shot. Time travel stories can be tricky, so I hope this one is successful.
- Another Day by David Levithan: I’ve been anticipating this retelling of Every Day for quite awhile, which was released last month. It will be intriguing to re-read this unique teenage love story from Rhiannon’s perspective.
- Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs: This third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series promises to be extra spooky with 50 new Peculiar photographs. In stores Sept. 22.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I’ve been putting off reading this bestselling author for too long, and I’ve heard lots of good things about this novel of hers. Too many great books, not enough time!
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood: Naturally, I’ll want to read this book when it’s released Sept. 29, since I’m going to Atwood’s signing next month. Nobody does dystopia like her!
As always, a big thanks to everyone reading Book Club Babe. You’ve been a part of five of my birthdays now, and that’s something worth celebrating!