Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari /// Aziz… Aziz knocked it out of the park! It is funny, real and informative all at the same time. He doesn’t just talk about his own experiences dating, he also gathers info from people at his shows, people on the internet, people in different countries. While I was reading the book I felt a little better about dating in general and after reading about how dating is going in Japan and Argentina I felt a lot better about how it is in the U.S. I’m still not excited about it though. Maybe if I read the book again I would feel better again, but it definitely gives voice to some of the frustrations I have been having in the dating (well not really, just looking) scene. Too many options so people always worry there is something better and don’t learn how to communicate before quitting. Also… tinder. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the dating scene soon, it’s been something I’ve been rolling around in my mind for a little while now.
Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella /// I have loved Sophie Kinsella for years now. Shopaholic series? My jam. It’s been quite a while since I have read something of hers though as I wasn’t into the shopping for the stars newest installment. But then I saw this book on the shelves and decided to give it a try. I was absolutely not disappointed. The characters are wonderful, the issues the main character has are real and the supporting characters (one in particular) made me say Awe for sure. Definitely a light read.
Essentialism – Greg McKeown /// use to think I was an aspiring minimalist, turns out, I’ve been working on being an essentialist. It’s about cutting down what isn’t necessary and reveling in that which is. And what is necessary is different to each person. It’s about not doing busy work, it’s about not taking on extra projects just because it might theoretically make you look good, it’s about getting really clear on what really, really matters and thus being able to do your best work.
Wonder – R.J. Palacio /// Adorable, I don’t know why I stayed away from reading this book for so long. Good almost YA fiction about a boy that doesn’t quite fit in because of his physical appearance. Fast read.
The Girl On the Train – Paula Hawkins /// This was a fast read but I’m starting to figure out that I really don’t like these kinds of books. They stress me out, they make me think horrible things about humanity, and I just can’t handle that kind of negativity. But really, I downward spiral pretty easy on my own even when I am reading happy things, so these kinds of books are taking a far back seat in my life for a while. Possibly forever.
Country – Danielle Steel /// This will probably be the only Danielle Steel book I will ever read in my life. I stayed away from all of these kinds of books for years and year. I read some chick lit, but not anything that you would find specifically on the Romance shelves in Barnes and Noble. I refused. But lately I have given less of a rats backside (if we were in person I would be using the a word most likely) about how literary the works I read are. I want stories that I get sucked in to fast and that make me feel happy and possibly giggly. I saw this title, and knew that it took place in Nashville, the story is about a woman that goes on a road trip and meets a country star and her life changes in ways she never imagined. Road trips… check. Country music… check. Nashville… check. So I read it. The story itself was highly addicting, I read it pretty fast. The writing itself… well, it sucked. If I am so stoked on a story but get pulled out of said story because of how bad the writing is… that’s saying something. I watch and forgive some horrible acting and basic writing but this was pushing it. They did this and then they did that and he thought this and she thought that. There was perspective shifts without warning or paragraph break, she told, not showed. So… if you don’t mind crap writing and just want a fun love story about a woman that finds herself in an unexpected way, read it. If you have a hard time with people who break basic writing rules… skip it.
Looking forward to reading:
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
And a lot more fiction. I am working on weaning myself off of self help/self improvement books as they are not very healthy for my perfectionist problem. I am keeping Big Magic because it’s not about being better, it’s about exploring and creative endeavors. It gets to stay, but the rest… fiction. Fiction for the rest of the year!
We’ll see how that goes…