Beach season is here, although looking a littler different this year, but what remains are beach reads and fictional escapes. Honestly the only thing that allows me to escape the news and all the dark times right now are books. Books are the friend you need in a time like this. I am so thankful that Suzanne Nugent took the time to be my latest Open Book because her book, debut that is, is a great escape! Brunch and other Obligations is a wonderful read with friendship, a sprinkle of mystery and of course brunch! Perfect beach read ❤
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The only thing reclusive bookworm Nora, high-powered attorney Christina, and supermom-in-training Leanne ever had in common was their best friend, Molly. When Molly dies, she leaves mysterious gifts and cryptic notes for each of her grieving best friends, along with one final request: that these three mismatched frenemies have brunch together every month for a year.
Filled with heartwrenching scenes and witty prose, Brunch and Other Obligations explores the intricate dynamics of girlhood acquaintances who are forced to reconnect as women. This upbeat novel reminds readers that there’s hope for getting through the hard times in life―with a lot of patience, humor, and a standing brunch date.
- What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a book club with?
Nora Ephron, Michelle Obama, Carrie Fisher.
- Current binge series? I am re-binging Friends from College. The dynamic in this dysfunctional group of friends makes me cringe and laugh. The writing is honest, clever, and funny. I watched it when it first came out a few years ago and it is worth a second binge.
- Last favorite book? Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
- What 3 things do you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it? I live in a warm climate, so my dream getaways usually involve cozy sweaters. Three things I always pack no matter where I travel: A notebook, a pen, and comfortable shoes.
- Sunday NYT or US Weekly? Sunday NYT.
- Last movie you saw? The last movie I saw in the theater before stay-at-home orders was Little Women. At home, I’ve watched a ton of brilliant documentaries and some inspiring and fun movies on Netflix. It might be impressive to list those. But, real talk? The last movie I watched (today) was High School Musical 2. My son just loves it. And I admit: I dig it too.
- Book you read that you wished you wrote? None. If I love a book, I just want to celebrate the author who created this thing that I love.
- Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer? In high school, one of my friends didn’t like writing but I loved it, so I sometimes ghostwrote her essays. Our English teacher revealed that he recognized my “voice” in her essays, even though we tried to disguise our scheme by changing the font. He always encouraged me to keep using my voice.
- Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who? Yes, and it changes depending on what I’m writing. I like listening to movie scores that evoke the genre I’m writing.
- Describe your writing space. My favorite places to write are at the dining room table or in my favorite coffee shop. It’s been tricky in the last few months because my dining room has been occupied by homeschooling and my favorite coffee shop has been closed. But I write anywhere I can. If I have to, I’ll even write in my (parked) car.
- Tell me your coffee/tea order. At home, I like just a plain black decaf coffee. But if I’m feeling fancy at a coffee place, I order an iced decaf almond milk latte. It’s a lot of words to describe one coffee and I feel very extra when I order it.
- Do you have a favorite book that you gift? I don’t have a go-to. I try to pick something unique every time I get a book as a gift.
- Book that you wished they would make a movie out of? Can I say Brunch and Other Obligations? Well. Now I’ve said it.
- If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why? Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire. It’s such an optimistic song that just says keep going, you’re being guided. Also… the funky riff at the beginning builds suspense and then there’s this horn blast that’s like “tadaaaaa!” so it would be a great song to play when you enter a room.
- Must have beauty product? Sunscreen.
- Royals- yes or no? If so, who is your favorite?
As a writer, I am most interested in the romantic rogue Royals, like Harry and Meghan or Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. I’m fascinated by people who are born into royalty and opt out. As for a favorite… everything Kate Middleton wears is perfection and I love her for it, but ultimately, my favorite Royal is Dairy Queen.
- Favorite Instagram account? I’m brand new to social media! I just joined Instagram (@suznuge) in February and I’m still finding my favorites.
- If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? Untamed. And it would be just a clear gloss.
- Current #TBR pile? The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett; Fleishmann is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
- Best advice you’ve ever received? My Gramma told me: “You should write a book. Just tell it like it is.”