Summer Reading: Why Not Check Out Emily Giffin?

Where We Belong

I am always looking for new books to read. I don’t research this myself though, I depend on a variety of sources for my next book. I’ll ask friends for recommendations, or read a glowing review on a blog, or see a flashy cover in the express reads section at the library.

I read a review of Where We Belong by Emily Giffin. I started it and got totally drawn in, reading during the day and staying up later than I normally do, just to read a few more pages or finish another chapter.

I love the feeling of getting caught up in a good story so I went ahead and requested some of Giffin’s other titles from the library. The characters in her books may not be like me – picture more Sex and the City instead of SAHM in the suburbs – but their stories are interesting and I found myself turning page after page, wanting to know what happens next. That, to me, is a good book.

The stories include ones of newlyweds, romances gone wrong, friendships and the intricacies among them, relationships in college versus in your 20s and 30s. The main female characters are all flawed but successful and mostly strong. The introspection is what drew me in while reading Where We Belong and I loved that it was written with each chapter being by one of the two main female characters. You see their story played out from both sides and really get to know the little things that happen to bring these two women to where they are today.

Emily Giffin has 7 books: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Love the One You’re With, Where We Belong, Heart of the Matter, Baby Proof, and The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone. The characters are sometimes in more than one book, but each book stands alone. I would recommend Giffin’s books if you’re looking for a summer read, a quick escape to stories from New York City that cover everything from being single to being married with kids.

How do you pick the books you read? Have you read any of Giffin’s novels?

Kamerine Gardam
Kamerine has been blogging for 10 years, the past four and a half as a mom. She has a 4.5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter who was born at home with only her husband there to help. Completely transformed by that experience Kamerine is now working as a birth doula. She will be writing about her experiences parenting two young children, books her and her children love, and things to do in the city.

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  1. Hi Kamerine
    Big Emily Giffin book fan here. Read them all and some twice over. You are right. Perfect summer reads. Great stories and love how characters make cameos in the other books. For Where We Belong I went to her book signing in Toronto. Glad I read that one in hardcover. Love the Pearl Jam “Elderly woman behind counter” ode. Unfortunately I believe she didn’t use lyrics in paperback because of royalty fee issues. Looking forward to Something Blue and the rest on the big screen too. Thanks for the post.


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