Contest Deadline Extended 24 Hours!

Last chance to win! The deadline for my July giveaways has been extended until midnight tonight, July 16th.

Karen Harrington, author of JANEOLOGY, had a birthday yesterday, July 15th (Happy Birthday, Karen!), and in celebration of her big day she generously offered to give away an additional copy of her book! So we will have TWO lucky winners of JANEOLOGY!  Comment HERE by midnight to get in on the fun.

And I thought it would be a good idea to extend my Hatchette Book Group giveaway as well, since it’s been buried several posts down during my vacation, so click HERE by midnight tonight for a chance to win TWO beach reads by Elin Hilderbrand, A Summer Affair and Barefoot!  Click on the Hatchette link for other giveaways of their books.

Good luck! I will be posting about a new contest in a few days, so stay tuned.

7 New Books to Throw into your Beach Bag this Summer

School’s out and the kids want to go to the pool, the beach, the water park.  What books should you throw into your beach bag?  Here are a few suggestions:

Not a Happy Camper: A Memoir by Mindy Schneider (256 pages)

A nostalgic look back to the 1970s at the experience of sleep-away camp through the eyes of a 13 year old Jewish girl.  I went to camp in the 70’s and can’t wait to relive those summers with this book.

The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips (251 pages)

The ripple effect of a baby thrown into a well reveals the racial and class divisions in a southern coal-mining town in Depression-era Alabama. 

The Enders Hotel by Brandon Schrand (238 pages)

Schrand’s memoir of his youth in a decrepit Idaho hotel/cafe/bar. 

The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown (336 pages)

The story of a summer friendship between two children from very different backgrounds: 10 year old motherless Alice and the neighbor’s grandson, Theo.

The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares (320 pages)

Traveling Pants author’s first novel for adults- a coming of age story about two sisters in love with the same man.  

The Manny by Holly Peterson (368 pages)

A Park Ave. mom hires a male nanny for her son.  Could this be the male version of The Nanny Diaries?  Judging from the reviews on amazon, people seem to either love it or hate it.

Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe by Jennie Shortridge (400 pages)

After learning her college sweetheart husband has been cheating on her, Mira takes off with no destination in mind and lands in Seattle, where she finds someone new: herself.  I loved Jennie Shortridge’s book, Eating Heaven, and can’t wait to dive into this one!

What books are going in your beach bag?