While vacationing with my family in Barbados over the holidays, I was able to accomplish something that I rarely have the time to do. Read! And read I did... In six days, I was able to finish three books! I guess that's what happens when you are able to completely unplug & relax.  

I love reading books, but life gets in the way a little too often. That's why one of my new years resolutions is to make more quality reading time. And while doing so, I will post & keep you in the loop with what I am reading in a series called "Caviar Reads."  

Now for my Barbados reads...

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[ one ] The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Synopsis: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Thoughts: The Fault in Our Stars is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. You can't help but fall in love with the characters & the story. It is an incredibly written roller coaster of emotions. I literally laughed as hard as I cried. And boy did I cry! But don't let that deter you. This is a definite must read! Don't be fooled by the YR genre. This book is for everyone. It will change your life.

[ twoWhere'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Synopsis: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Thoughts: This book was so cleverly written that I didn't know what to do with myself.  I absolutely LOVED it! What I loved most.. You never knew what was going to come next. I have never encountered a book that was so much fun to read. I literally could not put it down or stop laughing at the antics. You can't help but fall in love with Bernadette. A definite must read! I mean how could it not be? Maria Semple, the author, was a television writer for Arrested DevelopmentMad About You, and Ellen.  I will definitely be reading her first book - This One is Mine

[ three ] Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire

Synopsis: Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Thoughts: Okay, don't judge me. But sometimes you just really need to read a stupid & mindless chic-lit love story. And Beautiful Disaster was exactly that. I really really liked it too. The epitome of a perfect beach read. There were times where the book got repetitive, predictable & you wanted to kill a few characters, but in the end it was a great story & very entertaining. Oh and there is a sequel coming out in April, which I will 100% be reading.  

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Have you read any of the three above? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

I am always on the look out for great book recommendations. What are you currently reading? 


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