Oh my goodness, I woke up to snowflakes falling from the sky. I have meetings most of the morning but plan to strap on my snowshoe's this afternoon. Let the snow fall!

While I enjoy a snowy day, I leave you will a few books I've discovered and can't wait to read.  But first a cute story about a dear family friend who introduced me to the world of Emily Giffin.

I started reading Emily Giffin novels to support my 'People Magazine is the only novel I need to read' friend when she bought a copy of Something Borrowed. For the next five years, this book sat on her coffee table, with a bookmark in chapter one.  It's become a family joke, but she will tell you she still plans to read it... some day.

Two of my go-to authors are publishing this year {whoop}.

What's on your list?

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The One and Only (pub May 20): Shea has always lived in the orbit of her best friend Lucy Carr's family. Lucy's dad is the indomitable and beloved Coach Carr, one of the winning-est coaches in college football. Mrs. Carr was the elegant and kind all-around surrogate mother, fundraiser, and therapist for the team. Together they are like local royalty, so even if football wasn't a religion in their Texas town, it would still be the center of Lucy's, and by extension, Shea's life.

It is practically a foregone conclusion that Shea will marry Lucy's brother Lawton, if Shea can ever break it off for good with Miller, the cutest (and dumbest) guy in Texas. But when Mrs. Carr dies soon after a brief and terrible bout with cancer, it sets off a chain of events that upends Shea's very existence.

The Matchmaker (publishes June 2014): The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time.

Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most.

Waking the Buddha (pub May 20): Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives?

Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today—and one that is waking up and shaking up Buddhism so it can truly work in ordinary people’s lives.

Readers will be inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the three founding presidents— These three men dared to revolutionize Buddhism by restoring it to its true purpose: to help people transform their lives and the world they live in. The result is a uniquely relevant form of Buddhism—one that “just makes sense” to the modern mind and is ready to meet the challenges of a global age.

(discovered on NetGalley)
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