a reading list

I love to read a good book.  In college I was constantly reading textbooks and didn’t have much time to read books for pleasure.  My roommates and I always talked about summer days and post-graduation days when we would have more time to read what we wanted just for fun.  Turns out, I don’t actually have as much time to do that as I thought.  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy my evenings, but I tend to spend time making dinner, puttering around the internet, visiting friends or family, doing chores around the house (etc, etc) and don’t leave enough time before bed to get a good chunk of reading done, if any.  I’m working on that and have been loving my current reads, which motivates me to set aside enough time to finish the next chapter, but it is still a struggle to prioritize those moments.

Here is a compilation of books I am reading or would like to read in the coming months, in no particular order.  Let’s get reading!

Reading Books

1/ How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas.  This looks like a great light, funny read for the summer.  And who doesn’t want to be Parisienne?  Well, except the smoking.  Fashion, culture and food though, please.  I imagine this read will make me want to polish my broken French.

2/ Yes Please by Amy Poehler.  Hilarious.  I am about halfway through this book and I can assure you, comedian Leslie Knope – I mean, Amy Poehler – doesn’t let you down.  The book is a collection of stories and essays about her life, advice and laughter.

3/ Hey Natalie Jean: Advice, Musings, and Inspiration on Marriage, Motherhood, and Style by Natalie Holbrook.  I’m a few chapters into this one too and I love it so much!  As the title suggests, this book, written by one of my favorite bloggers, is filled with advice, stories about NYC family living, marriage, motherhood, fashion style and home style.  It is down-to-earth and relatable but funny and encouraging too.

4/ Emma by Jane Austen.  I know I probably should have read this classic by now, but shamefully, I haven’t.  I love Pride and Prejudice and have been told a few times that I look a bit like Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Emma in the film version of this book (I don’t see it).  Now that I share the main character’s last name, I feel like I need to read this book, if only so I know what people are talking about when they accidently call me Emma.  And just think about how pretty that cover would look on a bookshelf when I’m done reading it.

5/ This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett.  Apparently I’m in a biography mood these days.  I haven’t read this one but I have heard that this story of Ann Patchett’s life, writing career and relationships is another good read.

6/ #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.  This is one of the next books on my reading list.  Sophia Amoruso discusses how she became a successful girl boss and advice from her observations throughout her journey to the top.  You go girl.

7/ The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada edited by Barbara Ireland.  Summer is for travel!  This one isn’t as much of a read as it is a guide book to weekend trips in the US and Canada.  Let’s pick a few and get on the road!

8/ All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I am a sucker for historical fiction.  I love history and the riveting stories that authors create in these fascinating historical periods.  I know a lot of people reading this book right now and I think the topic is so interesting.  The story is about a blind French girl and a German boy trying to survive in occupied France during World War II.  Maybe not a light read (unintentional pun, sorry), but so intriguing.

9/ Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.  This is another book that I have heard raves about from friends and family.  Another bio, another comedian, so obviously I’m in.

What are you reading?  Any suggestions for the summer?

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