Today I thought I’d share something a little different; One of my favorite things in life is indulging in a good book. I can spend hours reading if I’m captivated by the words jumping at me from each page, and having just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I’m
disturbed eager to begin my next adventure in literature.
For me there’s no particular genre or writing style I like to stick with. As you will see from my current list, I like beauty books, inspirational books, thrillers, comedies, and everything in between. I believe if it’s truly a good book no matter your background or interests, it will attract and enthrall you.
Last year, every time I heard someone rave about a book I added it to my ‘Notes’ on my phone. I compiled quite an eclectic list so today I thought I’d share it with you; Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite! Or if you’ve read one or more on my list, let me know your thoughts (without spoilers of course)!
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: If this book is anything like Chelsea Handler’s books (Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea is hilarious) then I will not be disappointed. In this book I’m looking for a fast and witty read. I want to read Mindy’s take on relationships and life experiences; and I want to laugh so hard I cry while doing it. Hopefully this is the perfect light-read and my Mindy girl crush only grows bigger. *Yes Please by Amy Poehler is also quickly creeping on my to-read list.
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: Amoruso is the founder, CEO, and creative directer of Nasty Gal, one of my favorite online clothing stores. From what I’ve read, she tells her unorthodox success story and gives you straightforward advice all while being relatable and savvy. She didn’t follow the rules to get to where she is, she bravely paved her own path, and those stories are always my favorite.
- The Stand by Stephen King: My husband, an avid reader, claims this is the best book he’s ever read, so naturally it made it on my list. It was published in 1978 so it’s not a new book by any means but the tale still resonates with readers today. The Stand is an end-of-the-world, good vs evil tale; it’s about a virus that gets unintentionally released to the public and wipes out 99% of the human race. King fans vs non-King fans alike rave about this book so I’m thinking 2015 will be the year I tackle the un-cut 1168-page version. *The Stand will be adapted into a possible 4 movie series with Matthew McConaughey starring as Randall Flagg, the villain in this apocalyptic thriller. Yay!!
- Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed: The film adaptation for this memoir came out December 2014 and it stars Reese Witherspoon (one of my favorites) as Cheryl Strayed, a woman on a self-discovery hiking trip, all alone with nothing but her backpack nicknamed “Monster” because of its size. From what I’ve read it’s a raw and unfiltered look into a woman’s self-healing journey after her mother passes away and her marriage falls apart. I’m excited to go on the roller coaster ride of emotions I’m sure the main character is bound to face.
- How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (Love, Style and Bad Habits) by Anne Berest and others: Four accomplished French women discuss their unique outlooks on beauty, men, culture and style. If you’re on Instagram and follow any fashion or beauty accounts then I’m almost positive you’ve seen this book stylized perfectly among beauty trinkets. I’ll admit I’m feeding into the hype by wanting to read this book but if it’s as resourceful and sharp as people claim it to be then sorry, I’m not sorry.
- The Untethered Soul (The Journey Beyond Yourself) by Michael A. Singer: I’m a YouTube addict. I watch crazy amounts of makeup tutorials and one of my favorite ladies to watch is Carli Bybel. If you watch her channel then you’ve probably heard her mention this book. The book seeks to help you figure out who you are in it’s relation to the nature of consciousness; How can we let go of things in our past to let us be happy in our future? The reviews I’ve read have been really positive and powerful; No matter your beliefs, from what I’ve read this book seems to touch people across the board.
- Make Up (Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success- Online and Off) by Michelle Phan: All hail Michelle Phan. She’s classy, intelligent, innovative- all qualities I admire in a woman. Mix some beauty talk and I’m all ears. Phan has an internet-community of over 6 million people and was one of the first “beauty gurus” on Youtube so of course I want to read what she has to say. I’m definitely looking forward for this book’s turn on my reading list.
- It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden: Arden is one of the top advertising experts in his field and his book is a very quick read on how to succeed in whatever field you wish success in. It’s an uncomplicated, no-fluff book filled with motivational quotes, facts and wisdom. I plan on keeping this book on my desk after I finish reading it so I can refer to it whenever I’m lacking enthusiasm in my endeavors.
Did any books grab your attention? Let me know which ones did and if you’re currently reading any others I should add to my list!