This summer I’ve let myself splurge, and I’ve started buying a lot more books. I grew up in a house where it was seen as extravagant to buy when the book would undoubtedly show up at the library one day. But these days, after I stare longingly at Oprah’s book list, or enviously eye someone’s desirable book on the T, I just can’t stop myself.

And it’s been worth it. There’s nothing like having a good book at the beach. I just finished “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” and I LOVED the ending. It wasn’t chick-lit, or sappy, or unoriginal. It was provoking, fresh and honest. I definitely recommend it.

Here is one of my favorite quotes re the main character’s crush heading off to college

“Will I see you?” I said.

Of course, he said. I’ll come by all the time.

His cheek was warm on my forehead, but even as he spoke, it was like the opposite was forming underneath his words, like letters shaped backwards in the reflection of the pool.”