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I went just a wee bit crazy on Amazon recently pre-ordering books for my Kindle.  I admit that I’m not very good at keeping up with what new books are coming out, but Amazon’s “Recommended Items” that show up whenever you buy something else are FANTASTIC.  Thanks to that handy little tool, here’s everything that I pre-ordered…

Looks like I’ll be busy for the next six months or so.  This list is just about all of my favorite authors.  2012 is gonna be AWESOME!

By the way, have you started your 2012 Reading Challenge yet on Goodreads?  I’ve already read 8 books out of the 35 that I predicted as my goal for the year.  I have a feeling I’m going to go over since this is only February.  I’m thinking about doing a contest for my readers to guess how many I’ll go over by and then whoever comes the closest at the end of the year will win some sort of a prize… what do you think?  I credit author Jenn Thorson for the contest suggestion during a recent discussion on Twitter.  Thanks Jenn!

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man’s Best Friends from America’s Favorite Humorists by Wade Rouse

 

Stories about dogs.  By some of my favorite authors.  Need I say more?  AND LOOK AT THE COVER.

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship” is a compilation of very short stories from a variety of popular writers about man’s (or woman’s) best friend.  The book starts with a foreword by Chunk, comedienne Chelsea Handler’s adopted pup.  The rest of the stories were told from the perspective of the human.  I was especially excited to read the stories from Jen Lancaster, Jenny Gardiner, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, and Sarah Pekkanen (particularly because I am a big fan of their other books).  This book also helped introduce me to some new-t0-me authors who were especially hilarious.

These stories weren’t super sad, “Marley and Me“-ending types of stories.  Most of them were laugh-out-loud funny, and if not laugh-out-loud funny, then at least chuckle-and-smile-to-myself funny.  Others were sweet and loving stories that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  If you have a dog, this book will make you really appreciate your relationship with your furry best friend, and if you don’t have a dog, you will probably want to go out and adopt one right away!  Also, 50% of each book purchased goes to the Humane Society of the United States.  How could you go wrong?

Promises to Keep by Jane Green

Jane Green is one of my favorite authors and when her newest book came out a few weeks ago, I had already pre-purchased it for my Kindle and started reading as soon as it was delivered/downloaded!  This is her 12th book, by the way!

The story starts with a New York City health food chef, Steffi, who offers to dog-sit for Malcolm, a customer of the restaurant where she works.  Her wannabe rock star boyfriend hates dogs, so it’s just perfect timing that they’d be on the outs.  When Steffi decides that maybe she needs a change from the hustle and bustle of the city, she also takes Malcolm up on the offer to stay at his farmhouse in the country, which happens to be located pretty close to where Steffi’s sister lives and she thinks it would be nice to see Callie and her family more often.  Steffi LOVES living at the farmhouse and begins to make friends with the locals and starts to sell her cooked and baked goods at a local store.

She starts spending more time with her sister Callie, who is a happily married mother of two who also is a professional photographer on the side.  Soon after Callie’s family throws her a party to celebrate her birthday and the 4th anniversary of surviving breast cancer, she starts to get horrible headaches and blackouts.  After she sees her oncologist, who is also a close friend, it is determined that the cancer is back and has spread to her brain.  She knows that she does not have much time to live, so she tries to make the best of the time she has left with her family, and her friend and family rally around her to make her last days as happy and comfortable for her as possible.

This is not exactly a happy, light, fun summer read, but that shouldn’t discourage you from not reading it (even though it may have made me cry a little).  It DOES get emotional and sad in the second half of the book, but it also shows you the power of family and friends and love.  It is also inspiring to see how strong a person can be when they are facing something so difficult.  All of the characters seemed so… real, and their emotions and reactions to Callie’s diagnosis really made the story seem realistic.  The story was loosely inspired by Jane Green’s friend’s battle with cancer.

As I mentioned above, this is Jane Green’s 12th novel.  I think I’ve read almost every single one of her books and hope she keeps on writing!!

New Chick Lit Releases This Summer

I had a field day recently doing Kindle pre-orders of books by my favorite chick lit authors.  Here’s the list that I pre-ordered:

Those are all of the ones that were high on my radar; I hope I’m not missing any!  Looks like I’ll have a busy summer ahead of me.  Keep an eye out for these at your favorite bookstore and you can be sure I’ll be blogging about them as soon as I finish!

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