This actually happened at our house a few months ago - my daughter received what is, to my mind, the coolest backpack of all time for her birthday:
In addition to these intriguing works, I've also been reading a lot of Elin Hilderbrand, because it's summer and nothing says summer to me like figuring out messed up relationships while luxuriating in New England beach town. So far, I've read The Perfect Couple, The Castaways, Silver Girl, and The Identicals. I still have Summerland and A Summer Affair on deck. I can't help myself!
I usually devour at least one big feel-good dysfunctional family story, too - In the past, Spoonbenders, People We Hate at the Wedding, The Nest, Modern Lovers... have all fit the bill, but I haven't wandered across anything this summer yet so far. Maybe I'll check out one of the books here - or maybe you have a suggestion for me?
In the meantime, I'm finishing the last book of Jo Walton's Thessaly series right now (I've been on a bit of Greek historical fiction bender). I can't wait to share that with you!
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