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Summer Lovin’

September 14th, 2007

I’m always either incredibly early, or always annoyingly late. I’d like to believe it’s the former - though I know there’d be a long line around the block to dispute that (and my family’s at the head of the line). So anyhoo… what would summer be without a good “beach book”. I usually like to read intense novels by authors like Patricia Cornwell or Dean R. Koontz, but lately I’ve been in the mood for something light, something fun, something with no murder or cops who chain smoke or scary people in the dark of night. I’ve had very little time this summer to read, and I wanted something I could pick up a week later and not have to back read 4 pages so I could remember what was going on.

So there I was in Costco in the book aisle. I noticed 3 fellow shoppers had picked up a certain book - from what was now a short stack (the sign of a best seller… New York Times, New York Schmimes - the Costco book aisle is where it’s at!). I’m not one to march to the same drum… but I was somewhat curious intrigued about this book! So I pick it up, glance at the back cover, and think - what the heck, and toss the book like a Frisbee into my cart - and on to the rest of my shopping. I love learning about what fellow bloggers are reading… a much bigger indicator I might like something someone I cyber-know likes… but those three other Costco shoppers can’t be wrong, right?

Mistake #1. I picked up the book to read a few pages before I had finished unpacking my Costco booty. Oh I’ll just read a few pages.

Mistake #2. Reading, reading… OH CRAP… it’s a freaking romance novel! Nothing against romance novels, but I think the last time I read one was over a quarter of a century ago - and it involved a rogue pirate and his throbbing manhood & a heaving bosomed damsel stow-away (granny porn).

Mistake #3. Assuming it was going to suck now that I knew what kind of novel this was.

Correction #1. I kept reading. And reading. And reading. And reading. HOLY CRAP… I LOVE this book! So now I’m addicted. I’ve taken this book where ever I go. Seriously… where ever I go! So many rich characters and every chapter leaves you hanging and thirsting for more! Kind of like Desperate Housewives… not the same story of course… but that same kind of guilty pleasure. I can’t leave the house without my coffee… and now I can’t leave the house without my book as well.

The book is Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber. As it turns out… it’s the first “Dakota” book in a trilogy. OMG, now I have to get my hands on the rest of the series!!! Come to find out, there’s another series she’s written called the “Cedar Cove Series” (aka “the address books“). I’ve scoured Amazon and local booksellers and I managed to acquire the entire series (which takes place just a bit up north in Kitsap County, WA). With the Dakota Born book finished (sadly) last night, I was now able to dive into the first of the Cedar Cove series - 16 Lighthouse Road. Delicious.

I haven’t been this excited about a book/series since I was a kid and devoured the sweet word nectar of the Nancy Drew series. And thanks to this author, my garage continues to look like this! My tip of the day: If you’re moving into a new house, IGNORE these books! So anyhoo… what are you reading???

Ok, these tennies have nothing to do with this post, but how effing cute are they! Serious cute. So cute, I was blinded by the hefty price tag. So what do I do… buy them, feel guilty about the price, decide to take em back for a refund, snap a photo, and then blog about them. Very satisfying, I must say. It’s almost like I’m wearing them, but not. The annoying sales girl at Adidas (who couldn’t pronounce Deutschland to save her life, even though she was selling a German product) went on and on about how this was a Reggie Bush signature sneaker. WhatTF? Um… THIS is a tennie to go with a cute aqua dress and vintage apron, while I place a fresh baked cherry pie in the window to cool. Reggie Bush. What-ever.

Edited in for all those that have asked who Reggie Bush is: Reggie Bush was USC’s football darling. He’s now with the NFL and I have no clue (or care) what team he is on. As for the shoes being “Reggie Bush’s”… hardly! And the chatty/pushy/know-it-all clerk even tried to tell me that red and white were USC’s colors. I just let it go (even though I wanted to tell her that I was from California and that I KNOW what USC’s colors are)…. but I thought it’d be more fun to let her continue to make a fool of herself… and then blog about her. Moooo ahhh haaa haaa!

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37 Responses

  1. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    You pretty much echo my own thoughts about romance novels but now I’m rethinking this and am going to give your recommendation a try. Always on the lookout for books (I read a lot), I’m appreciative of your thoughts about books today.

    Yesterday I read Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. Today I’m starting Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson–it’s a mystery.

    I love those sneakers–that red gingham is so cute.

  2. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    You should try the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Truly addictive too and there six of them all about 900 pages long. Lovely!
    I’m going to get the “beach trash” from the library and check it out. Sometimes we just need some light reading.
    I LOVE those sneakers. Get them!

  3. The fabulous Claire allegedly said:

    love the tennies. Nora roberts is another guilty pleasure. Just don’t tell anyone I said that. I’ll deny I even know who she is.

  4. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Uh, well I don’t know about the book, but OH. MY. GOD. I LOVE THOSE SNEAKERS.

    I just finished THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS. Its the latest in the Special Agent Pendergast series and I listened to the whole thing in just a couple of days. Oh I just get the chills thinking of it. Its a guilty pleasure on CD, I have only ever listened to them. I would love to have Rene Auberjonios narrate my life, I could listen to him all day.

  5. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Oh and doesn’t your author have some either quilting or knitting series going on?

  6. The fabulous kirsty allegedly said:

    Want those shoes. W A N T !! They are perfect!!

  7. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    I picked up one of her books at Costco a few months ago, some kind of cowboy series I think. It actually was pretty darn good.

  8. The fabulous Carrie S. allegedly said:


  9. The fabulous Deanna (domestic chicky) allegedly said:

    HA! Reggie Bush…They are cute tho!!!

  10. The fabulous M allegedly said:

    Debbie Macomber also has a series based in a yarn shop. They’re light and entertaining. Someone else mentioned Nora Roberts. I love series books, because then I can pick up the next one without having to think. I’m over 40 and have 5 kids. I avoid thinking at all cost!!!

  11. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    love the sneakers—go back and buy them again!

    Reading “These is my Words–The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901″. A little obscure but you have to really admire those pioneering women, roughing to me is a hotel without room service!

  12. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Those are cooooool shoes! I love ‘em! I have just plowed through three Christopher Moore books and am loving his writing and wit. I tend to like lighter weight books alternated with heavier reading. Keeps me from getting overwhelmed with emotions. Have you check out GoodReads.com? Great site, kind of a MySpace for readers.

  13. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    Who is Reggie Bush?

    Those shoes are amazing. No support though, I can tell with my x-ray vision.

    I’m reading N-O-T-H-I-N-G. I’ve come a long way down the road to DVD perdition. What happened to my literary thirst?

  14. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    I’ve read her books and like them. And i’m not a big reader so it has to grab my attention right away or I fling it out the door.
    LOVE, LOVE those tennis shoes. They are so dang cute. I would keep those if I were you.

  15. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    OH I will have to add those books to my “have to read” list and I second the recommendation to Diana Gabaldon….her books are FANTASTIC!! And I worked with both her niece and her sister in law so I have a cool connection to her: )
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoes!
    Where in Kitsap County does that one series take place??? That’s my home county and I’m a proud graduate of Central Kitsap High School:):)

  16. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Guten tag, Frauen HZ! I see you’re getting ready for OktoberFest with your sazzy rot gingham die schuhe. How am I doing so far? tee-hee! I think you should keep the pair or not. Effing cute, though! WTH is Reggie Bush?

    Anyhoo, I could be reading granny porn right now instead I’m reading your blog. Wait, it’s the same thing! LOL!

  17. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Granny porn…only you LMAO ;-)

  18. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Oh, a good book is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve heard that her other books, The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven are good too. Sounds religious, but it’s not. It tells the story of a family who goes to Africa as missionaries (the dad is a crazed preacher man). Each chapter is written as the mom and 4 daughters are talking. It’s REALLY good. Also, I haven’t read it, but have heard from several people The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is good. I have it, but I haven’t read it yet.

    Ok, now, back to the sad things….beach. Just the mention of it makes me sad. I miss the beach! Costco. Yea, we have Sam’s Club, but it’s not the same!

    I like the shoes. I think you should call Crocs and have them make some similar just for you! :)

  19. The fabulous Kim Sherrod allegedly said:

    Monica- I just found out about this site: http://www.shelfari.com/ and have started putting some of my books in it. Its like a library system. You can also get the widget for your blog. I love to read and must always have “a book”- I haven’t read a romance novel for many years- I love Janet Evanovich’s series and am now reading The Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay. I was reading a bunch of Alice Hoffman books this summer and I also love Adrianna Trigiani and Sue Monk Kidd. I will look for your Debbie M’s books now too! Thanks for the recommendation! (WTH is Reggie Bush?) I love the sneakers- too cute! Why do shoes cost so much anyway? I am working on my doll quilt- I haveta get back to the machine…it calls to me….

  20. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    Those are Adidas like no other. Cute snap for sure… I can’t believe you returned them… aww shucks!

  21. The fabulous Christiane allegedly said:

    I’m addicted to… shoes especially red ones, ooh I love those shoes even if they had three white stripes on both sides, the checks make it…I hardly managed to buy dark brown wedges today for fall weather, they had them in red too- http://www.aerosoles.com/product1.asp?P=HARMONY

    as an avid reader of crime stories especially Swedish and Finnish authors( Ake Edwardson or Leena Leetolainen) I recently switched to history novels-medieval England /Tudors and knights …….. and family stories. I’m reading Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues dealing with Hawaii’s history and the life of women through the ages. A fantastic read between stitches either knit or sew.

  22. The fabulous Joanna allegedly said:

    How cute are those shoes???? I’m embarrassed to say I have no idea who Reggie Bush is. I’m also embarrassed to say that the last book I read was the Time Traveler’s Wife, which was GREAT, but that was about a year ago! Ack!!!

  23. The fabulous Rachel allegedly said:

    Just found your blog. So cute. Love the shoes. I have bought Costco books the same way, because I saw other people buy it, or I liked the cover. I know, sounds shallow!
    Another good read is Maeve Binchy, an Irish author, not too heavy, not too mushy.

  24. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Just so happens that I’ve read the entire Cedar Cove series,(except the latest that just came out). When we moved from Wyoming, I decided I didn’t need the older ones anymore (still kicking myself!) and put all, I don’t know, 7 or so in my yard sale. A lady picked them up, said she had to run out to her car for her purse, and never came back and paid me for them. Would be kinda funny, but I’m still pissed!

    I just started reading my first Anne Rice vampire book ~ “Merrick”. Juries still out…

    (and do pick up Debbie MacComber’s Blossom Street books. Set in a yarn shop in Seattle. Fun and light)

  25. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Hehehe — as a dedicated romance novel addict (something I try not to bandy about the English department I worked in until recently) I applaud the decision to dive in. They’re not all bad — though, um, if it’s been awhile you might be surprised by how, um, frank some of them are these days.

    As for what I’ve been reading? Too ecclectic for words lately — though I just finished Pornology (non-fiction, though I suppose chick-lit). Really a fun read — funny, witty, and well written!

    Thanks for your comment on my “Humility” post — you’re listed as “no-comment” or I would have responded that way. I do have close-up photos of my shop sample quilt on my blog from when it was being constructed. This url should take you to any of the shots of the quilt in progress and some close-ups.

  26. The fabulous Darlene allegedly said:

    You’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg with Debbie Macomber’s books. I’ve read the entire “address series” including the latest; the yarn shop series, Dakota Born and lots of single titles that are not part of a series. I love her style. Enjoy!

  27. The fabulous brandy allegedly said:

    Good Lord did I love this post! First, I love those romance novels LOL! Seriously, I enjoy a serios novel too, but in the end there is too much crappy going on in the world as it is…why not lose yourself in a frivolous romantic story! And second, Nancy Drew was my hero!

    Third, I totally agree on the shoes. Those can NOT be shoes endorsed by Reggie Bush?!?! Those can only belong on the feet of a cool and hip lady prancing around in some seriously retro attire!

    By the way, I blogged about a fabric stash refolding on my blog today and linked to your blog as some of my inspiration!

  28. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    I’ve read Debbie Macomber’s book “Susannah’s Garden” — really loved it — in fact so much that I just bought 3 of her books in the Blossom Street Series (including “A Good Yarn” — about a yarn shop and the ladies who take a class there , become friends, etc.)

    Also — CUTE SHOES !! (I can’t believe you bought them to take a picture for your blog, then returned them — I’ll have to give that a try !!!!HA !!!)

  29. The fabulous Donna allegedly said:

    Thanks for coming by and registering for the Moda Bundle:) Good Luck

  30. The fabulous Angela (Cottage Magpie) allegedly said:

    You slay me! I have to pick up that book. I do like romance novels, but I only read one every 5 years or so because I’m SO picky about what *kind* of romance novels I like–basically ones that read like romantic comedy movies. No bodice rippers or male members for me! (I am permanently traumatized from reading a part of one as a young girl–we’re talking horses involved, people).
    So glad your life has gotten a *little* less hectic so you can blog for my enjoyment! :-) ~A
    MEANWHILE, I must ask of #29, WHAT Moda bundle!!!!????? Youse is killin’ me! :-)

  31. The fabulous Lauri allegedly said:

    OMG! Those shoes!!! I gotta get ‘em! And you even have them paired with just the right outfit in your mind. (That reminds me that I need to take a picture of my new red shoes, that I found at PayLess.) But I have to ask…who the heck is Reggie Bush???

    About books…when school started-which meant Claire was in Kindergarten and I was HOME ALONE, all day, with SO MUCH time to read-I went out and bought books. I hadn’t read a book in so long I don’t even remember the last book I read. Anyway, I ended up with three: 1) ‘Case Histories’ by Kate Atkinson; 2) ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd; and 3) Alice Sebold’s second book-I can’t remember the name of it but, it’s basically an autobiographical account of her rape. She also authored ‘The Lovely Bones’. Then, my mom bought a book for me…Janet Evanovich’s ‘One for the Money’. I have never read any of her books, but my mom said she read this and laughed out loud the whole time because the main character reminded her so much of me.

    So now, not only am I an ADD crafter, I have also become an ADD reader! lol! Oh, and about all that time I thought I would have??? I don’t know what happened to it!

  32. The fabulous monica allegedly said:

    how funny!

    The same happened to me with the Elm Creek novels by Jennifer Chiaverini… ok, not Nobel prize material… but a darn good read.

    Those shoes were gorgeous BTW, Reggie knows what he/she’d doing!

  33. The fabulous Kelli allegedly said:

    This post made me cry, I was laughing so hard. The fact that you said, “How effing cute are these shoes?” makes me giggle. And the fact some dumb store clerk thought THOSE shoes were Reggie Bush anything makes me laugh a good hard belly laugh. Ha!
    And woo hoo for finding an author that makes you want to dive into a book. Those books are hard to find.

  34. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    I too have a serious prejudice against anything smacking of being a “romance novel”. I only read “literary fiction”, right? Well, I happened upon a Debbie Macomber book in much the same way as you describem and I was hooked too! I read them furtively (as if I were hiding soft porn or something) for fear someone will see it and my reputation as a Stanford English Major will be blown to smithereens.

  35. The fabulous Nan allegedly said:

    Love those shoes!! Cute, cute, cute!

    You have me wanting to read these books by Debbie Macomber now, damn you, woman!! LOL! I have often looked at her books, but I am not a romance novel reader, and I thought maybe that’s what she wrote. Wrong again, I am!! I will be looking for them now, that’s for sure!!

  36. The fabulous michelle allegedly said:

    I know who Reggie Bush is (he is on the Saints by the way), but I really can’t imagine him wearing those shoes. He must get teased in the locker room a lot!

  37. The fabulous Kim N. allegedly said:

    OMG, love, love, love the tennies. But I really loved your blogging about them even more, especially when it illicits a WTF? (my favorite expression).

    I have read the set of Debbie Macomber books on knitting (Blossom Street novels, I think) and a few others over the summer. Unfortunately they left me craving a good crime solving, page turning mystery.

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