Recent Reads


What books are on your bedside table? I actually have no books on my bedside table, just my kindle, which makes me feel kind of sad. I grabbed some vintage ones from our bookshelf and put them there solely for aesthetic purposes. On our flights to and from Paris I read three books, all of which I recommend.
I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
I had never read a single Nora Ephron book. I do not know why this was. It was just one of those things that slipped through the cracks all these years. Kind of like Cambozola cheese. Blue and brie together? How have I missed this?! At any rate, this one is truly a gem - as many of you probably know already. It made me snort with laughter on five occasions on the way from San Diego to Dallas, which was incredibly embarrassing to Matt, which I think Nora would have appreciated. Also I do own a red coat.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
This was our book club book. Thanks Lauren, for picking it! It's an incredible memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I am seriously in awe of adventurous types. I would last a day on that trail. Maybe a day and a half if I didn't run across a mountain lion or bear. It's an Oprah's Book Club book, and with good reason.

Bringing Up Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family by Catherine Newman
This book is for anyone who has children. Anyone. Period. You will laugh, cry, nod your head and come away realizing that you are not in fact the only sleep deprived, exhausted, frustrated, anxious and deranged parent on the planet. You will also come away knowing that having kids is the best thing you've ever done and probably will ever do. It could also mean that you are just deranged...but with so many of us out there, who's noticing?


Alex said...

Thank you for the recs! Currently I'm reading "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls, and then "A Casual Vacancy" for book club is next. I highly recommend HBH, especially if you read "The Glass Castle." EXCELLENT books.

christin said...

I need to make time to read. Ugh. I buy all these books and then never read them. I'm so lame.

Leslie said...

I just finished reading the Happiness Project, so thanks for the reviews! They all look really good and interesting. I also agree about the sadness of not having a stack of books due to the Kindle. Although, I love how handy the Kindle is!

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

Thanks for the suggestions! Don't you just love Nora Ephron. Reading her work feels like I'm reading a letter from my best friend and watching When Harry Met Sally at the same time.

Baking in Couture said...

I was feeling that same way for a while. So what I do now is only buy certain books on the kindle like nutrition, for school, basic recipe, advice etc Novels I actually want to enjoy I buy in paper back. I read book 1 & 2 of the hunger games in 3 weeks. I bought book 3 on the kindle and I haven't gotten past chapter 5. Just not the same. A good story needs to be read in an acutal book! Plus my eyes hurt always reading on kindle. Xo Inna

Jess | the Jess Journals said...

I think that was my first Nora Ephron book too! haha Loved it - I love when books make me actually laugh out loud!

Def going to look into the other you've read!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Oh great ones...will try and read them all. :)

Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Thank you so much about these suggestions! It's always interesting to hear what are people are reading and take inspiration...I think I'm going to read Nora Ephron's as well, she was an incredible woman!