Hey everyone! I’m finally back on the blogging wagon to tell you all about the awesome book In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. In Five Years was recommended by my equally awesome friend Christine from The Uncorked Librarian.
Thank you, Christine, this book was a page-turner! Kathy, from Tasty Itinerary would agree. 😉
Summary of In Five Years
Dannie is with the man of her dreams and she’s planning her life out perfectly. Everything is on schedule, she’s engaged to the perfect man, and her career as a lawyer is on point. She’s got it all. Her man proposes to her but then out of nowhere, she sees her life In Five Years in the arms of another man! Whaaat!? Then girl wakes back up into her present-day life wondering WTH just happened?
Is she back with the man of her dreams? What would you do if you get a flash of your life in five years and it isn’t anything how you imagine? Would you go on pretending that earth-shattering moment didn’t happen? Dannie tries her best to grapple with what happened to her and move on from it. It’s hard for her to know what’s real and what’s not.
It’s very interesting to read how she navigates her life with that knowledge and the implications of it. And of course as a lover of romance, it had me excited to turn the pages. As more gets revealed, it’s pretty cool to see how it all comes together.
I also enjoyed the humor that is sprinkled throughout In Five Years.
Dannie on running: “In the early days of our relationship I used to try to get David to come with me, but he’d want to stop after a few blocks and get bagels so I started leaving him at home.”
David sounds like my kind of guy! I want a David. Where can I find a David?
Another relationship in the story is between Dannie and Bella. They have been the best of friends since they were kids. I loved seeing how their relationship evolved throughout the story. How their friendship began as kids and how it evolves will tug at your heartstrings.
New York City
With most of the books that I read, New York City is its own character. When you’re a New Yorker, reading a book set in NYC is kind of funny. All New Yorkers talk about their dream spot in the city they’d like to live in. My dream spot is the neighborhood where I lived before, so a cute brownstone in either Boerum Hill or Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. Let’s give it a backyard, might as well. The dog would enjoy it. I’d have laundry and a dishwasher in my apartment too because why not?
Dannie’s dream spot is a place in Gramercy Park. I was like, why? It’s not that exciting in that area. I took out my subway map, looked up where her dream job is located, and thought, hmm…maybe she should live on the Upper East Side right by Central Park? But I don’t like the Upper East Side either. Then I thought, ohhh she’s gonna be rich with her big-time lawyer job and David does something fancy too. She probably won’t be taking the 6 train and walking 17 minutes to her job. She’ll probably be taking a car. And she gets a private park away from the heehaws. Have at it Dannie! If that’s the life you dream, go for it.
I seriously loved In Five Years and highly recommend it. For more info about In Five Years, check out Rebecca Serle’s author page at rebeccaserle.com.
My Blog’s Future
I wrote a post back closer to the start of this global pandemic, however, as you all know, things changed rapidly for the whole world during this situation. What I feel today won’t necessarily be what I feel tomorrow. We are all in a trial and error period. This unknown is scary. All we can do is the best we can under the given circumstances.
My new idea is to keep reading books set in New York City that you all have lovingly recommended and then write about my possible future literary dates. I’ll need you to help me decide which tour(s) to go on (when it’s safe to go on them again). Sometimes I’ll do a New York City booklist with tour ideas and sometimes, I’ll do it like this one- full book review post along with a separate post with the tour ideas. There’s so much in this book that it inspired me to let you know every possible tour outing and you all can help me decide what to do.
I’ll also need help navigating this new world responsibly. For instance, I usually go to lots of yummy spots and treat myself. You may not know, but what I do on my tours is not my regular life. Hardly! I often have said that they feel like a vacation day, so I have that vacation feel on my tours. In my regular life, I can’t spend money to eat out every night, go to Broadway shows, etc. On these tours, I treat myself. However, now I’ll want to take into consideration the economic situation in the world. So far, working at a hospital, I have a job and hopefully will continue to have a job. I feel grateful for that.
The financial hit hospitals are taking now is another story, so I do have to think of myself financially but also others. If someone is out of work, are they going to want to read my blog post about all the yummy spots in NYC I’m going to? I don’t know. Who will my audience be in this new world?
This book has a very long list of restaurants which I’ll share with you in my next post. I could never hit them all anyway, but I’ll have to figure out the right thing to do. If you all have any thoughts on it, please let me know. Sometimes I overthink (okay, I often overthink) but maybe I’m not with this?
Another thing to think about…here I go again…but my posts in the past could serve someone who is going to visit New York. The elephant in the room is who is going to want to visit NYC anytime soon? Anyone? Probably not. A lot of you have told me that you wish you could go on the tour with me. Could I bring you along virtually? I could do an Instagram live while on my tour, but could I do that without being awkward? Ha! I don’t know.
Anybody want to FaceTime or zoom with me? Coordinating that with different time zones could make my head explode. Not to mention, when in fact, restaurants do open, could you imagine me sitting alone in a restaurant on a zoom call? That would be so ridiculous! People will be like, “Doesn’t she know she doesn’t have to zoom anymore? She must have some sort of pandemic PTSD. She can’t let go of zoom.”
So much to think about! Either way, I’m definitely looking forward to sharing more NYC books with you. And if nothing else, maybe some of you will be curious to see how I’m navigating this new NYC world. It could serve to help people figure out when it’s safe to visit again.
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I created a survey so you all can help me pick out my next book!
As I do with all my posts, I’ll continue to share pictures of my beloved New York City. These pictures aren’t inspired by the book but it’s a moment in history. What came first with my blog, books or New York City? They’ll always be together.