Book Club /// Fourth Quarter

Sunday, January 3, 2016

book club fourth quarter

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin – I liked this book, like all her books before. It gave me a lot to think about, many things I wanted to try and probably a whole lot that I ended up forgetting about in the past few months.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Wonderful. I love, love, loved this book. It came at the perfect time. I was taking a break from the usual self help books, had just started counseling, I was starting to learn how to be nicer to myself and this book helped me give myself room. Gilbert gives it to you straight. Highly recommended.

Leap: Leaving a Job With No Plan B by Tess Vigeland – Because I am thinking of making a leap I read this, it was okay but not great. It gave a lot of examples but not really a plan. If you already have taken a leap and want to hear from other people how have done the same, this book is great, if you are looking for some extra tips… maybe not.

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed – A book of some of her best quotes and quotations. Sometimes I just open this book to a random page to see what’s in store for me.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I loved this story. It’s fun and quirky but also has a darkness to it. It’s not Gone Girl dark, there’s still hope and light to it, but it isn’t bubblegum pop either.

The Art of Asking  by Amanda Palmer – So many yeses and all the starts to Amanda Palmer and her story. She shed light on what it’s like to ask in so many different ways. I would give this book as a gift, I would highly recommend it, I read it so fast. I listened to The Dresden Dolls so very long ago, and it was incredible to read her story from before that time and now after it. I also didn’t expect a favorite writer (Neil Gaiman) to make an appearance, but he’s a big part of her story.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Remember how Big Little Lies wasn’t bubblegum pop… oh this is. I love Sophie Kinsella books, they get me from the beginning. I fall so hard for the love stories every time. And every time I also find myself practically yelling at the main character. Shopaholic series? Oh they are wonderful and stressful at the same time.

The Heir by Kiera Cass – I read the first three of the books in this series a year or two ago and really liked them. Nothing too intense, really easy to read through fast. I didn’t know that Cass had written more books for the series, I had thought it was done, but I found this one while strolling the aisles of Target one day and then checked it out from the library. I like the main character in this, it is set in the next generation and the original main character of the series takes a back seat. This character is strong, but convincingly confused about things that someone her age would be confused about. I fell for some of the possible romances and thought I would get to see it to the end so imagine my frustration when had a couple pages left and no answers! UGHHHH. The next one doesn’t come out until may or something… going to have to distract myself.

Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin – I’ve been reading more things about personal finance and the like and I saw this book with a catchy title and cover at Target (duh, where else) so I checked it out through the library. I read most of it on a plane and while I’m not overly impressed I would recommend it to a young woman that is just getting started with getting her finances in order. She knows what she is talking about, it’s easy to follow along with, it doesn’t make you want to die of boredom… so, not too bad for a book about managing money.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall – Adorable. This story is adorable. A YA love story. I can’t wait to read more by Sandy.

Finishing up:
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Start with Why by Simon Sinek

What have you been reading?

Book Club: Third Quarter

Friday, October 9, 2015

book club third quarter

Highly recommended
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.

Not bad
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…



Book Club /// Second Quarter

Monday, August 10, 2015


I feel like I read so many more books second quarter than I have to talk about, but it’s very possible I started many that I just didn’t love. Annd there was a brief time, maybe a few weeks when nothing sounded good. These four are the books that stuck with me though, the ones I highly recommend.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life by Cheryl Strayed – I must buy a used copy of this. I want it on my shelf for when I need some really good words. I have a secret little wish to be an advice columnist as a side thing and reading this just upped the bar so high. She is fabulous, raw, and vulnerable in her answers to these intense questions. I loved it. Heavy, beautiful, wonderful.

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler – The only fiction book I find really worth noting in this go round. I don’t know what to say about this story other than it’s just truth. It’s a story about life in a small town, it’s a story about friends as they grow older, it’s a story, and I loved it.

It’s What I Do: A Photographers Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario – I can safely say that I didn’t want to be a war photographer before reading this and I still don’t want to be one now. However, I did finish the book wanting to practice photojournalism. Addario’s travels and work are incredible and humbling.

Radical Self Love by Gala Darling – Technically I read this in the month of July, so in 3rd quarter but I don’t want to wait until the end of September to write about it so here I am. I LOVED this book. I have read it twice through, posted noted until my heart was absolutely content. Written in my journal so many thoughts inspired by the words in this book. I admit, I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. I wondered if it was just going to be a mix of everything I had already read in posts on her blog, I wondered if it was just stuff I had read in other self improvement books, but no, this book is AWESOME. I will be putting it on my shelf right next to You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski. This is my self improvement reading trifecta I believe. Wonderful.
sidenote: I don’t think this is available to purchase anymore, not sure why, she will be announcing something soon I’m sure.

Books I am looking forward to in the Third Quarter:
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Rising Strong – Brene Brown
Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin


book club /// first quarter

Book Club /// First Quarter

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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Every year I tell myself I’m going to read a little less and do a little more but that rarely happens. I have been really lenient on myself about finishing books this year though. Anything that’s not grabbing me a third of the way in (sometimes a third of the first chapter) gets to go. There are far too many books I want to read and far too many other things I want to do. Because of that I have been able to come across some really awesome books! And now I want to share them with you!

Elements of Style /// Loved this book. First looked through it and thought I wasn’t going to read it… oh so glad I went back to it. I love blogger stories, even when they are about things I am not fully a part of. I love design I just don’t think I am that good at it (especially in houses), but her story was so awesome and relatable.

This is What Happy Looks Like /// For all the YA readers out there who fall for a good little love story… this book is awesome. I fell in love with the author’s writing style and then read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight… it was a 2.5 hour read and I loved every minute of it. Not saying that these are super deep or anything, but great stories to fall in and feel warm and fuzzy about after.

The Personal MBA /// Just getting into this but loving the info that I am getting. Underlining so much. If you find yourself wondering what it would be like to go back to school for business but are unsure of the time commitment or if it’s even for you, OR if you’re like me and afraid that the classes will be like those in Farris Bueller’s Day off, start here.

Scary Close /// This is about how we relate and what it takes to get the kinds of relationships we really want to have. Honest, insightful, realistic… beautiful. I cannot say enough good things about Donald Miller, he use to live in Portland and now lives in Nashville (with some other places in between I do believe) and this book is even better than the rest. I want to re read it now that I am writing about it.

Dear Daughter /// This book got me from paragraph one. The main character is snarky and young and fun (and also in a bit of a rough place.) For me it was like a cross between Where’d You Go Bernadette and Gone Girl. Somewhat creepy, totally took me in from the beginning, suspenseful and even funny.

What have you been reading these past three months?


p.s. I link to Powells because I really like (and miss) Powells, I (sadly) get no perks for doing so. 

Book Report: The Little Prince

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sometime you read something and your heart just connects. Sometimes you read something and for hours you are lost in though, spacey even, figuring out how to adjust to the world as you know it after because it’s not the same. It won’t ever be quite the same.  
The Little Prince got me. Through and through. I put off reading it for a while, that happens when things are cult classics for me. I get wary and wonder why. But this one I loved, fully and deeply. 
Sometimes things come to you at just the right time. Sometimes you decide to sit in the children’s section of Barnes and Noble in a seat that’s almost too small and you decide to read. First to preview, and then you can’t put it down. It’s not such a long story after all. And then you sit there in a slight daze, and you wonder how many people you can tell about this new thing you just discovered, because it needs to be shared. And you hope that others find it as beautiful and you did. But even if they don’t, you have to try.
Oh Little Prince. Thank you. I’ll take some time to admire the stars and listen to my heart tonight.

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