Guest Post: Fall Reading Wish List

Hi Fellow Twin Stripe Readers!

I’m a huge fan of Alison and Katie’s blog and was beyond honored when they asked me to guest post. Who could say no to those two?! Certainly not I! I’m Stacey, the founder of Likes to Smile. Likes to Smile is all about the stuff that (no surprise here) makes me giddy with joy.

One of the things that makes me happiest is reading. Without further ado, here is my Fall Reading Wish List:

Fall Reading Wish List by Likes to  Smile for Twin StripeChose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger (by Beth Harbison) – Described as “left the good guy for the bad guy for no guy,” I’m already dreaming it up as my new favorite RomCom.

King and Maxwell (by David Baldacci) – I’m a huge fan of Baldacci and always pre-order all of his tales! This is the sixth book in the King & Maxwell series and I can’t wait to resume the story of these two former Secret Service Agents turned Private Investigators. It’s out on November 19th and I will save it to read during my Thanksgiving flight back to Akron! Can’t wait!

Floating City (by Sudhir Venkatesh) – I’ve spent the past two weeks binge viewing Breaking Bad on Netlix. I’m simultaneously captivated and horrified by how the criminal worlds work (my brain kinda can’t fathom it). This is the non-fiction story of a sociologist cracking the code of New York City’s underworld and seems somehow reminiscent of all that Breaking Bad I’ve been enjoying. I’m in.

The Asylum (by Simon Doonan) – I love red carpet fashion like you wouldn’t believe, followed closely by any “best look” column in a magazine. When I happened upon this book described as “an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity,” I was in. Who can resist glamourous madness and stylish insanity?! #crazyfasionpeopleFTW #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK

Sycamore Row (by John Grisham) – Grisham writes an exceptional story. Always a perfect page turner. I expect this book to be no exception. A wealthy man leaves behind a brand new hand-written will just as he dies and leaves everything to the maid. Family drama at Grisham speed. Can’t wait!

If I Stay (by Gayle Forman) – Seventeen year old Mia has an accident and can only recall what happens afterwards. She tries to piece back together life, love and family. Like every other single girl I know (and even some happily in couples), I’ve spent many hours theorizing about love and will happily read another book that does so, as well.

Kiss Me First (by Lottie Moggach) – This book has been hyped up all summer and I’m now jumping on the “I can’t wait to read it” bandwagon, too. Leia feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and befriends the editor of a chat forum about ethical debate. This editor then invites her to be a part of “Project Tess.” Leia then takes on the identity of Tess on the chat forum. Described as a book about, “An ingeniously plotted novel of stolen identity, Kiss Me First is brilliantly frightening about the lies we tell—to ourselves, to others, for good, and for ill.” A who-done-it tied to internet culture? This blogger wants to read it!

And last, but not least…

You Knew Me When (by Emily Leibert) – This is a novel about a girl who left a small town for a big city only to return home to former friends and former loves. After college, I left Akron, Ohio for New York City and could write theses on how that has impacted relationships — both for better and for worse. I’ve already read a portion of this book and I’m hooked. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. In fact, I like it so much, I’m announcing on my blog today that it is the next selection for Likes to Smile Book Club. Won’t you join us and read along?

Alison and Katie, thank you so much for having me on your amazing blog today! Until next time!

xoxo, Stacey

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