I’m back on the blog with something totally new — book recommendations! I absolutely love reading. I read close to three books a week … so if that doesn’t say something about my love for reading and enriching my current state of knowledge, I don’t know what does!
I wanted to dole out four book recommendations for you all. These are four books that I thoroughly enjoyed reading for different reasons. I’m always interested to hear what you have to say in regard to what you’ve been reading lately. So, feel free to recommend some books for me to read!
Also, most of the books that I read come straight from my local library, and I want to take this moment to say how important it is to support your own local libraries! The librarians are an incredible resource to utilize not only for their assistance in finding books, but also offering their own book recommendations to you!
I’ve decided to make these book recommendations a monthly post, so check back the first of every month for a new post!
“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed
Something I’ve come to realize about myself is that I have a funny way of being too stubborn to read books or watch shows that are super hyped up in mainstream media.
This is why I just read “Wild” a month ago. I wanted to be able to read it without knowing the entire story before I read it, which is why I didn’t see the movie or read the book when both initially released.
Anyways, this is a memoir about Cheryl Strayed’s “wild” adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon. She chronicles her daily experiences and struggles as she comes to accept the death of her mother and the changes that followed in her life.
“Wild” is a map of how Cheryl Strayed found herself once again by throwing care to the wind and beginning a life changing adventure completely on her own.
This was by far my favorite book that I read all summer. It really resonated with me because I feel like everyone can relate to going through a rough patch and coming out of it a different person, which is exactly what Strayed experienced.
Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down and literally finished it in an afternoon (I’m also secretly a speed reader, which is how I read so many books!). Whether you’re interested in the topic or not, I think that this a book everyone should consider reading, especially if they’re in need of a whole lot of inspiration for making a change.
2. “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld
“Pride and Prejudice” is my absolute favorite book, and this one by Sittenfeld is a modern-day version of the “Pride and Prejudice” storyline that we all know, and either loved or loathed.
From a book lover’s standpoint, I thought that Sittenfeld did an awesome job at taking crucial details, like character behaviors, from Jane Austen’s version and fine-tuned them to easily morph into people that us millennials would understand and relate to.
The storyline flows just as seamlessly as the original, which was something I was very happy of being as I loved “Pride and Prejudice” so much. I think that “Eligible” is an excellent option for anyone who wasn’t a fan of the way that the original “Pride and Prejudice” was written. This modern-day rendition is written in the English language that we speak today, versus the Old English of the original version.
3.) “The Magnolia Story” by Chip & Joanna Gaines, with Mark Dagostino
If you haven’t jumped on the Magnolia bandwagon yet, this book will totally convince you of the awesomeness! Personally, I love home renovation shows. They get me super excited about owning a house one day and being able to know how to fix it, which is why I love “Fixer Upper.”
I started watching “Fixer Upper” three years ago, and I fell in love with it! Chip and Joanna Gaines do an incredible job at being their realest and truest selves on TV, which is what initially attracted me to the show.
If you’re a fan of “Fixer Upper” or Magnolia Homes, I would recommend reading this book. Even if you haven’t seen the show, this book is still a great read! “The Magnolia Story” showcases how the Gaines’ took an idea, worked extremely hard, and made it into an empire and an aesthetic over time.
4.) “The Assistants” by Camille Perri
I read this book on my flight to Italy and it was the perfect airplane read! The book radiates with feminist undertones, while bringing issues like the glass ceiling into the conversation in a nonchalant way.
“The Assistants” is a story of multiple assistants whom work at a major media conglomerate, and how they turn the tables on the their bosses. And by turn the tables, I mean that the assistants develop a way to embezzle money from their bosses by overwriting their expenses in order to pay off every assistant’s student loans.
The storyline is exciting, witty and funny, all while telling a much larger story through the topics of conversation in the book.
I absolutely it because it was so transparent and real, even though it was a work of fiction. It will definitely keep you interested and wondering what happens next with each passing chapter!