One of my favorite ways to unwind from a stressful day – which seems to happen more often lately – is with a good book. Throughout my life I’ve always had great moments emphasized by great books. I remember going to the library with my mom growing up and being so excited to have access to anything I wanted. This has continued into now in my mid-20’s, except now I read on my Kindle instead of paperback (the only way to survive reading on the metro). I thought I’d share a little bit about my reading list lately in case you’re looking for something to pick up!
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
“Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.” – Amazon
I read this through my book club and was honestly so bummed I missed the meeting to discuss it! It is definitely a slower read and one that you have to pay attention to, but the storyline completely pulls you in. Even more so it twists your interpretation of the story in a way that you never would expect. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new perspective.
Laura Dave, Eight Hundred Grapes
“Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets….” – Amazon
Anyone else ever have dreams of growing up on a vineyard? I had a serious envy spell over Lindsey Lohan’s character in Parent Trap. As someone who loves wine I had this on my reading list for a while. The story brings you back to home and the importance of family, while also inspiring a bit of wanderlust.
Karen Wheeler, Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France
“In her mid-thirties, fashion editor Karen has it all: a handsome boyfriend, a fab flat in west London, and an array of gorgeus shoes. But when her boyfriend, Eric, leaves she makes an unexpected decision: to hang up her Manolos and wave good-bye to her glamorous city lifestyle to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, central western France. Tout Sweet is the perfect read for anyone who dreams of chucking away their BlackBerry in favor of real blackberrying and downshifting to a romantic, alluring locale where new friendships–and new loves–are just some of the treasures to be found amongst life’s simple pleasures.” – Amazon
I just started this book yesterday and am excited to see where it goes! It relates to the idea of disconnecting from electronics and reconnecting with yourself. I can definitely see this being turned into a movie, with a female lead that you can’t help but fall in love with.
Lindsey Kelk, I Heart New York
“The perfect book for Sex and the City fans, I Heart New York by Lindsey K. Kelk truly celebrates the city that never sleeps. The delightful story of a young woman who flees London and her cheating boyfriend to rediscover her sexy, stylish, confident self while building a new life in the greatest city in the world, I Heart New York is funny, sunny, and sexy, a big hearted, Big Apple treat for Sofia Kinsella, Emily Griffin, and Anna Maxted readers.” – Amazon
This book is an easy read but I still loved it! I follow a great deal of UK bloggers so I loved seeing all the mentions to places like M+S. Theres also several mentions of designers and some of the shopping centers in New York.
I just realized that all of these titles were written by female authors. Can you say #girlpower? Have you read anything good lately? I’m always adding to my list! So far my to read list has All the Light We Cannot See, The Thing About Jellyfish, Year of Yes, and Brain on Fire on it.