1. The Photo Album - Marlene Chase
I saw this on clearance at Half Price Books and decided I didn't want to spend even $3 to take a chance on it (not when I had other things to buy), but it was a pretty book, and I kind of like the idea of uncovering mysteries from old memorabilia/personal history.
Daniel has been best friends with Rose since they were born. He’s been in love with her for years. The only problem? She has no idea, and he’s not about to tell her and ruin their friendship.
Because 10 episodes of The Good Cop wasn't enough, I spent about 3 hours one night looking for books in which I could visualize a main character as being played by Josh Groban. It is harder to find palatable Groban types than you would think, but the beauty here is that his face has worked for me at every age from 18-present. I can dig me some "friends to roommates to lovers" fluff.
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[*edit: NOPE. NEVER MIND. DELETED. Thank you, Goodreads reviewer, for this helpful warning: "what's better than anything is he pulls out the alpha in the boudoir - when and where it counts!!"]
3. Saul and Patsy - Charles Baxter
Another "Groban might could work in this setting" hit after ennnnndlessly searching through summaries and rejecting anything that led with "brink of divorce," "failing marriage," or "affair." This is a literary novel so there is still room for it, but the fact that the summary focuses on a super-in-love couple with outside obstacles gives me hope.
4. Every Note Played - Lisa Genova
I saw this in the finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards, and "world-famous pianist" immediately lit up the Groban-casting center of my brain. The rest sounds kind of sad and miserable so I might have to bail on that particular casting notion. However, I am still intrigued by the idea of a medical issue taking center stage in a non-Lurlene-McDaniel author's hands. Maybe I can use the medical detail for use in my own, better contexts. Also, this one has an audiobook version at the library, and I like audiobook options to help lull me to sleep.
5. Second Hand Heart - Catherine Ryan Hyde
I've seen her name around, but never actually tried her brand. However, an age-mismatched maybe-romance built off grief and a heart transplant? I mean, that sounds good whether it ends in love or friendship or even just a mutually agreeable parting of the ways after being good for each other for a while. Or it will enrage me and make me uncheck the organ donation box and confirm I will never make that choice for my parents/sibling/hypothetical spouse/hypothetical children if it comes up. 60/40.
6. Big Doc's Girl - Mary Medearis
Saw this in a set of vintage teen books on eBay -- ever since I rewatched The House Bunny, I've wanted a book with someone kind of like Katharine McPhee's character, and this seems like at least a vague possibility.
7. Seinology: The Sociology of Seinfeld - Tim Delaney
Guess what two things I love?? (it came up on my Goodreads timeline and I was immediately interested.)
8. Beloved Monster - Helen Markley Miller
This also came up on my Goodreads timeline. Vintage teen novel? About an 18-year-old inheriting a house? Specifically a historic mansion?? MY JAMS.
9. All The Things You Are - Courtney Sheinmel
Established quality author + stepfather raising a stepdaughter, and coping with loss of wealth? I'm not Frasier Crane, but I am listening.
10. Wildwood - Elinor Florence
I rewatched some Survivor: Blood vs. Water clips and concluded, "I need a book with a mother/daughter relationship like Tina and Katie." One hour of largely unsuccessful googling later, I had not found it, but I HAD found a story about a single mama living for "one year in an abandoned, off-the-grid farmhouse in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta," and you can have any character you want with that setting. I WANT TO VICARIOUSLY LIVE IT.
I look forward to reading other people's posts