We’re definitely not authorities on what makes a book a good book, but we do know what we like. We still sometimes spend endless hours in the back corners of secondhand book stores perusing our favorites. The fiction rejuvenates our imaginations and usually turns into one of the most enjoyable afternoon escapes ever. This week we sat down with the one and only blonde and brainy bombshell Brittany Leland and got the deets on her favorite books of the summer and she takes us on a secret tour of the very best little bookstores, cafes, boutiques and pastries to die for in her quaint hometown of San Clemente. Read more below:
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WCS: What do you enjoy most, fiction or nonfiction?
Brittany: Fiction books are my favorite! I also love historical fictions.
WCS: What is your favorite read for a long weekend escape?
Brittany: For a long weekend escape I always reach for a book that has many different parts to keep my interest. I love a book that has a little bit of romance, but also action and adventure.
WCS: What were your favorite books of the summer?
Brittany: This summer I’ve had several favorites, I’ve been catching up on books that I know are being turned into films! I’ve loved The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), If I stay (Gayle Forman), The Giver (Lois Lowry), and the Maze Runner (James Dashner). Most of these feature a little bit of romance but have the sense of adventure that keeps the book exciting.
WCS: What are your all-time 5 favorite book picks?
Brittany: 5 all time favorites? Thats so hard! Well I’ll start with the fact that I am a total Harry Potter nerd. I’ve read the series dozens of times, been to the book and movie premieres and I even secretly have a Pottermore account. (tehehe!) Aside from that books that I’ve always loved and still reach for include Looking for Alaska (John Green), Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite (Paul Arden), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky), and The Uglies Trilogy (Scott Westerfield)!
WCS: Tell us a bit about what you love about your hometown, ie. best book stores, coffee houses and boutiques.
Brittany: I love my hometown. Coming from a little beach town called San Clemente there are so many hidden coffee shops and second hand book stores. My favorite brunch spot is called Ellie’s Table and it’s right on the beach. They have amazing lattes and pastries and I love walking down to the beach with a book and lounging in the sun. My favorite bookstore is called the Village Bookstore. They have a huge selection of books and a cat named Harry who is everyone’s best friend. On a rainy day I always find my way in there breathing in the familiar scent of books and cozying up in one of their many oversized arm chairs. it is one of the most welcoming and friendly places I’ve been. As far as boutiques Del Mar street is a part of downtown San Clemente and it is lined with boutiques and surf shops and amazing restaurants. My favorite is Bliss. It has a super simplistic aesthetic and features cozy knits in the winter and so many dresses for summer.
There are so many things in my hometown that you can’t find anywhere else and I absolutely love San Clemente for that!