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  • BN Editors 6:00 pm on 2017/08/21 Permalink
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    My Not So Perfect Life Author Sophie Kinsella Shares Her Summer Reading List 

    Sophia Kinsella’s latest, My Not So Perfect Life, centers on the FOMO-drenched existence of office drone and unlikely heroine Katie Brenner. Her obsession with the seemingly enviable life of her hip, brilliant boss, Demeter, crashes and burns after she’s fired without warning, sending her into a tailspin. Katie picks herself up and heads to her family farm in Somerset, where she’ll help set up a new business, find her footing again, and come face to face with Demeter again, learning more about the truth behind the image and setting a course to pursue her own (not so) perfect life.

    My Not So Perfect Life is a thoroughly perfect summer read, and here’s Kinsella to share six more of her own picks for the season.

    My Not So Perfect Life is a book about women, the workplace, the pressures of social media, life in London and the draw of the countryside. The books I’ve chosen all inform or entertain in one of these areas.

    The Circle, by Dave Eggers
    This chilling view of where social media might take us is a must-read.

    Read an excerpt on B&N Readouts >

    The Hating Game, Sally Thorne
    This is a great study of the ultimate love/hate work relationship.

    Read an excerpt on B&N Readouts >

    Not Working, Lisa Owens
    I loved this tale of modern not-office life – very fresh and funny.

    Read an excerpt on B&N Readouts >

    Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online, by Emma Gannon
    I love this memoir about growing up in the age of social media.

    A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
    This has the best love scene in the countryside ever!

    Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
    An sweeping, atmospheric novel set in the English countryside, with strong passions and even stronger characters.

    The post My Not So Perfect Life Author Sophie Kinsella Shares Her Summer Reading List appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Danielle Herzog 5:00 pm on 2017/03/06 Permalink
    Tags: , my not so perfect life, picture perfect, sophie kinsella   

    Sometimes More Isn’t Better: Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life 

    There are currently 137 photos on my phone that were all from my attempt to get just one happy, everyone-looking-forward, family photo. Not for a picture frame, or even the annual Christmas card. No, it was for Facebook.  So I could show the online world that I was a good parent who raised kids who smiled and were happy together. Of course, my daughter hit her brother the second the last photo was taken.

    So needless to say, I completely and utterly related to Katie Brenner, the main character in Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life. Who hasn’t touched up their Instagram photos with filters or posted pictures of the one healthy meal we’ve made for our family in a month, pretending we do it all the time? Katie Brenner is no different. She sees the social posts her friends and even strangers put up and finds herself longing for more. Longing so much that she maybe, ever-so-slightly, okay, very majorly, starts to lie in her posts, creating the life she wishes she has.

    But her real life is far less glamorous than what she portrays on Instagram. When her high-stress, underpaid marketing  job in London ends with a harsh firing by her cruel boss, Cat (as she goes by in London) is forced to put her tail between her legs, returning home to help set up the new family business, which hilariously is a glamour camping business. Yes, that’s right—glamping. You can’t help but fall in love with her entertaining father and step-mother as they attempt to figure out the ins and outs of starting a new business.

    As if losing her job, dignity and flat weren’t bad enough, who comes along as one of the guests? The very boss who fired her—Demeter Farlowe. The fun comes when Katie hatches a revenge plan on her former boss; a plan, like all plans made in the heat of the moment, fails miserably but does lead to an unexpected friendship and a new understanding that things aren’t always what they seem.

    If you are wondering whether Sophie Kinsella gives Katie a love interest to spark with during all this soul-searching, don’t you fret. She does not disappoint. Not only does Katie find herself falling for a man who is actually Demeter’s boss, but keeping true to the theme, Alex also isn’t what he appears and eventually, rumors do exactly what they are supposed to do—cause trouble.

    But underneath all the scheming, miscommunication, romance, humor and family antics, is a much deeper story, about a woman who learns that having it all doesn’t mean having happiness. She’s a character whom all of us have been in at some point in our lives. Whether we are looking for the ultimate dream job or searching for the perfect mate, everyone can relate to wanting more. And just like Katie, we have had to learn that more isn’t better. It’s just more.

    Though, I will say this: If more means another Sophie Kinsella novel, I’m in. That’s the more I’ll definitely keep hoping for.

    My Not So Perfect Life is on B&N bookshelves now!

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  • Dell Villa 6:00 pm on 2016/06/16 Permalink
    Tags: ali mcnamara, , funny romance authors, , jill mansell, love and laughter, , , , sophie kinsella   

    7 Fantastic Romance Authors Who Will Also Make You Laugh 

    If you’re looking for a satisfying story to slip into the beach bag this weekend, then you might be on the lookout for a love story. Even more, you’re probably searching for that highly-specific combination of witty dialogue, charmingly flawed characters, delicious anticipation, and, of course, a smidge of steam. For you, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite romance authors whose stories feature all your favorite ingredients—their writing is both humorous and heartwarming; their characters tarnished but still lovable. And, best of all, most of these writers stay pretty busy with their craft, so you’ll have shelves of engrossing titles to choose from when you, inevitably, come back for more.

    Sophie Kinsella: Playful page-turners and sparkly romances are Kinsella’s specialty. From her spunky Shopaholic series to the variety of stories written under various pen names, Kinsella delivers unforgettable romance and endless laughs every time. Her novels are the perfect companions for all your summer exploits.

    Ali McNamara: If you’re a certified rom-com fanatic, then you might already be acquainted with McNamara’s genius. Her quirky novels, like From Notting Hill with Love…Actually, are brimming with spot-on rom-com references, and supported by compelling plots and truly lovable characters (who, we are certain, are dead ringers for Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant).

    Cecelia Ahern: When nearly every book you write becomes a movie, it’s evident that there’s some undeniable magic in your prose. This is the case with Ahern; PS, I Love You and Love, Rosie are more than correspondence-inspired literature. They’re compelling love stories, as well as proof of Ahern’s singular brilliance. All we ask is that you read the books before you hit the couch (with a full box of tissues) for a viewing—no cheating!

    Marian Keyes: If you’re not a Marian Keyes fan yet, it’s time to to pick your language and dig in! Keyes has been a New York Times bestselling author (and worldwide favorite) for years, and her resilient characters will make you cringe, cry, and double over with laughter— there are no dull moments, promise! Start with The Mystery of Mercy Close, and enjoy the ride!

    Jill Mansell: When you step into one of Mansell’s richly drawn worlds, you’re immediately surrounded by complex characters and heart-wrenching scenarios. Like an expert, however, she tempers the drama with perfectly-timed humor and warmth. Indeed, Mansell’s work is universally loved, and for good reason. Released this spring, The One You Really Want is the quintessential story of unexpected love and second chances.

    Amanda Quick: Quick knows precisely what her readers want in a romance, period. Her trademark formula is sumptuously detailed history, delicious suspense, witty dialogue, and, of course, an intense love story. Til Death Do Us Part is the newest addition to the impressive Quick canon, and it’s the perfect addition to your summer vacation.

    Sherryl Woods: Start with her Perfect Destinies Collection, and we promise you’ll be hooked. Woods is an expert heartstring-puller, and each of her stories features a rich plot, characters with whom you’d love to share a latte, and a sugary-sweet dose of Southern charm. Later this summer, look out for a special re-release of The Inn at Eagle Point and Home in Carolina.

    What romance authors do you recommend for those who like a dose of humor with their love stories?

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