I'm halfway through Joy for Beginners
by Erica Bauermeister, and it's an absolute pleasure. I love, love, love novels about women friendships. And the premise really got me thinking...after the main character recovers from cancer, she commits to taking a white-water rafting trip, a big fear of hers. She then issues individual challenges to her group of friends, getting them each to do something they would never normally do.
It made me wonder...what would my friends challenge me to?
I'm well-known for my all-black wardrobe (I even got married in it!), and my "uniform" of sorts is a black top and jeans. So, it was no surprise when I asked one of my friends what she would make me do outside of my comfort zone, she responded, "Spend an entire day in a hot pink, sleeveless dress with hot pink high heels." :) What would your
Next up for me is Maine
by J. Courtney Sullivan!
Also this week, I discovered the Decatur Book Festival
, held in a suburb of Atlanta, which is just a couple of hours away from me. I'm definitely going to make a Labor Day road trip. They released the list of authors today, and it includes Mary Kay Andrews, Jennifer Haigh, Joshilyn Jackson, and Kim Severson. If you've attended this event, please let me know your thoughts/experiences!