Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Do Tell: What are you reading?

Just a couple of nights ago, I finished reading Bethenny Frankel’s A Place of Yes, which I really enjoyed and found to be very inspiring and powerful. Before that, I read Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which is now a favorite of mine. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, it is also quite inspiring. Judging by my latest book selections, I guess you could say that I have had my confidence shaken a bit and was looking for some motivating words to help me get back on track. I would recommend these books to anyone. The first two chapters in Bethenny’s book were a bit challenging to get through. They mainly focus on her difficult childhood and relationship with her parents. While I wasn’t able to relate to that part of the book as much as I was to the rest of it, I truly commend her for being courageous enough to really put it all out there. Tina Fey’s book has become an instant classic for women. She is so relatable and like Frankel, she really puts it all out there, but in a less intense, funnier way. There were nights when I was reading Bossypants that I would laugh so hard that my husband would wake up.

I enjoyed both of these books tremendously and am looking for my next read. What have you read lately that you would recommend? I’m in the mood for a novel, but non-fiction is great, too. I always love hearing your recommendations and have actually read several of the books you have suggested. Thank you!

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39 comments:

Kate said...

We've all been there. It's wonderful though to be able to find solace and inspiration in a book. You may also want to check out Danielle LaPorte...she's my guru!

Anonymous said...

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Historical fiction with a twist of romance. SO GOOD!

H.G. The Countess said...

If you need more woman-power inspiration, I recommend Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski. A great recent read was Loving Frank, a novel based on Frank Lloyd Wright and his longtime mistress.

Emily said...

Hi Paloma! I just finished my latest read and am on the search for another one as well, so I was so pleased to see your blog today. My favorite books I have read lately are the Hunger Games series, which I wrote about here: http://mainstreetchic.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-review-hunger-games.html. It sounds sci-fi, but I promise the series is sooooo good! All of Elin Hilderbrand's books are great as well. Happy Reading! xo

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

I don't have any recommendations because I am in the process of reading both of those books! It is rare that I laugh (like a for real laugh) when I am reading books. But Tina's book has also made me go there a few times. Loving it.

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

I recently read Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding her Inner French Girl. Very light and interesting read. Less of a guide and more of a juxtaposition of French women and Americans, in general. Definitely recommend!

Amber Interiors said...

I was just going to start reading both of these as well. I heard such great things. Of all the people to become successful, to me, both of those women TOTALLY deserve it. Bethenny is an inspiration to never stop believing you have something to offer the world!

Anonymous said...

A Sport and a Pastime by: James Salter

you feel like youre in the french countryside eating, drinking and a lot of SEX!!!

erika @ small shop said...

OK now I really need to pick up Tina Fey's book!

I'm reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil again, for a book club. Highly recommend it and another of Berendt's books, The City of Fallen Angels about Venice, Italy. Both are non-fiction but read like fiction. He draws you in and you start to feel like you live in these places too. You can't believe that some of these people and their stories are real!

Wendy said...

I want to read both of those - heard Bossypants was awesome! I'm reading The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Peel Society and really enjoying it. I also just read a book called MudBound and it was good.

claudia b said...

I am guessing mine is going to be one of the most gruesome recs, but I just love anything by Richard Kadrey. Funny, violent, gory, he writes pretty visceral urban fiction.

Julie H. said...

The Island by Victoria Hislop (LOVED this book) Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (amazing true story). Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. The Sweetness at the Bottom of The Pie by Alan Bradley, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (These were all wonderful.) I'm just starting Matched by Ally Condie.

www.thewowie.com said...

Room by Emma Donoghue. It is a page turner. Stayed up til 3 am to finish it.

www.thewowie.com said...

Room by Emma Donoghue. It is a page turner. Stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it...

LBM said...

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella - from Publishers Weekly, "Shopaholicpowerhouse Kinsella delights again with her latest, a winning if unoriginal tale of amnesia striking an ambitious shrew and changing her life for the better. After taking a nasty bump on the head, Lexi Smart awakens in a hospital convinced that it's 2004 and that she's just missed her father's funeral. It's actually three years later, and she no longer has crooked teeth, frizzy hair and a loser boyfriend. Initially wowed by what she's become—a gorgeous, cut-throat businesswoman—Lexi soon finds herself attempting to figure out how it happened."

So far it's really light and very funny. Exactly what I need right now! Plus it's got the are-you-sure-you-really-want-what-you-wish-for element. Great way to stay content;)

Also, if you haven't read Kathryn Stockett's "The Help," do so! I loved the book and am so looking forward to the movie.

Pablo said...

I have a long list to read/finish reading... But I just haven't had the time to do it. Among them:
The Einstein Generation
The Devil wears Prada
The true story of the Bilderberg Club
Talking with Design Students
New York
Etc...

http://bloobreyplace.blogspot.com

bountifulchaos said...

I'm re-reading some college favorites this summer. Just finished Beowulf and started on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales...

bountifulchaos said...

I'm re-reading some college favorites this summer. Just finished Beowulf and started on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales...

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

Thanks for the reviews. Excited to get my hands on Bossypants! If you haven't read them already I'd highly recommend The Power of Now and A New Earth by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. His books are unbelievely powerful and life changing. I turn to them whenever I need to put my ego in check and find peace. Let me know if you end up reading 'em! :)

Anonymous said...

Summer at Tiffany---memoir of Marjorie Hart who went to the University of Iowa and traveled to NYC in the summer of 1945 and got a job at Tiffany's with her close friend. Engaging read.

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

I read Bethenny's book a few weeks ago and totally agree about the first few chapters but I loved the book after that! Such great advice! I wanted to highlight every line. I am in the middle of Tina Fey's book and I love it as well. Looking for the next book just like you!

Jen said...

I just finished Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner and loved it!

-Jen
http://www.potatobugs.blogspot.com

travelkate said...

I just read Girl in Translation, which I would recommend--it is a novel but based on the author's experience.

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I've been on a bit of a food book binge, lately. I recently read Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, which was eye-opening, to say the least.
Now, I'm reading The Last Chinese Chef - which is a novel. There's several plots going on, but the seam that binds it all is the history of Chinese cuisine. So far, so good!

Calley said...

Just finished "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin - it was wonderful! Lately, I've also enjoyed "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and "The Sandalwood Tree". For fun and easy historical fiction/romance I recommend Lauren Willig and the Pink Carnation Series.

Calley said...

I'll also second "Summer at Tiffany's" - a wonderfully engaging and easy read!

Amy said...

The Help-Kathryn Stockett
Super popular book, and a really good story and easy read.

Sarah's Key-Tatiana de Rosnay
Two stories running together, made me tear up here and there, but totally worth reading!

The Confession-John Grisham
Very much like his other books, but a good fast read.

Keep me posted, I just got a color NOOK!! And am looking for new stuff too!

*Amy

scsd said...

Bossypants is def on my list!! May have to go pick it up today!

blair @ scsd

Paula said...

I would recommend the following: The Monk by M. Lewis (an oldie but worth the read), Alias Grace by M. Atwood, The Club Dumas by A. Pérez-Reverte.

Happy Reading!

Anonymous said...

I just finished "One Day" and loved it! I think you will too. :)

Also, have you read "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn"? An oldie but a goodie!

LOVE YOUR BLOG!

Paula Puryear Martin is said...

My favorite read of the year was "Cutting For Stone" by Abraham Verghese (sp). It's literary fiction, a beautiful epic story about twins born to a nun and the monastery doctor she was in love with. It's not light reading, but it's not heavy either -- it's just emotionally substantive while simultaneously being a super easy read. I couldn't put it down.

I too love "Bossypants" and Tina Fey is my new feminist hero. She's so funny and off-handedly feminist, which is a much better approach, I think, than the heavy handed rant approach. I just laughed and recognized so many truths while I was at it!

Good luck finding the right read!

Lindsey said...

I just finished reading The Lost Girls for the second time! It is a great story about three women in their late twenties who quit their dream jobs to travel for a year. I wrote about the book on my blog: http://lindseychandler.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/living-like-the-lost-girls/

I am also about to start reading The Happiness Project.

Happy Reading!
Lindsey

Chic Coastal Living said...

I love that hot pink skirt!

Behind the Lashes said...

I just started reading Water for Elephants. I missed the movie but aren't book always better that the movies anyway haha. So far (prologue and one chapter in) it's extremely good.

picky girl said...

I have a book blog, so if you ever need recommendations, drop by!

I just finished Ian Fleming's first Bond book, Casino Royale and added Meg Wolitzer's The Uncoupling on audiobook to my iPhone.

Good so far.

helen tilston said...

I hightly recommend "The Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson. It is a book you will want to retain on your bookshelf. I read it and when I finished reading it, I immediately went back to page 1 and re-read it. It will stay with you and I will not give away any more of it.
I believe it won the Pulitzer prize in 2005.
Helentilstonpainter.blogspot.com

Andi said...

The Help. I couldn't put it down. And it's going to be a movie this summer so I wanted to read the book first. Fantastic read!

Darbyut said...

Mao's Last Dancer is WONDERFUL and parts take place in Houston, which is always interesting to read about.

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