Let’s talk BOOKS

I recently finished two great books that I’ve been recommending like crazy. These were the type of stories that I couldn’t wait to get into bed at night and read, which is always my favorite way to finish off the day.

Wild- Cheryl Strayed
LOVED, loved, loved this memoir. Totally wanted to reinvent myself after and go on some sort of “finding myself’ trip and while that probably isn’t happening I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cheryl’s journey. The novel is her story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, no she’s not a hiker, and how she got back in touch with herself. You follow her as she makes this difficult journey- and while this part is entertaining by its self, what really intrigues is how she resonates with her past and then begins to see the light to start over.

A favorite quote – “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”- Cheryl Strayed

Beautiful Ruins- Jess Walter
I absolutely adored this story. It’s funny, included a powerful love-affair and the backdrop between the Italian coast and Hollywood was quite nice to daydream about. It tells a full story from when the characters were younger until they grow old which I always enjoy-it paints a full picture. It’s a perfect novel to get lost in and relive the dramas of a different time.

To quickly put it- “Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962…and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.”

And now I’m currently reading and enjoying, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile because I was curious as to what it has to say about the authors own personal “happiness project” that she takes on for a year. I’m not that far into it yet but was definitely hooked from page one. Excited to see where this one goes!

Have any suggestions for me to read next?!

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Reflecting

Today is one of those days. Every year, I get lost all day on the internet reading people’s stories, reliving the day in pictures and it still gives me the chills as if it was yesterday.

Maybe it’s because my office has overlooked Ground Zero for the past 6 years that I feel connected to this day, even though at the time I was not a New York resident. But I’ve watched for years the rebuilding of the Freedom Tower and the amount of people that come every single day to visit and it makes me proud and immersed in the ongoings of remembering 9/11.

The day was 12 years ago and yet the lasting impression it left will never fade. Not a day goes by that I don’t give a once over to everyone I’m riding in the subway with, or have a jump in my step when I hear a loud noise outside. I think twice before visiting heavily populated areas in the city, and no I don’t let it control my life but the fear is definitely there.

I feel it’s important to reflect on this day. It gives you perspective, it makes you count your blessings and be grateful for what you have. And most importantly it lets you never forget the devastation that affected so many, and when you feel like there’s nothing you can do- at least that’s something.

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Summer Reads

I have been reading up a storm this summer. Between subway rides to work, down time at the pool or beach and my traffic filled journeys to the Hamptons I have been polishing off everything on my list.

I thought I’d share with you what I’m currently reading, some past favorites and what’s next on my list. Feel free to share any recommendations below, I’m always looking for some new reads.

Where'd You Go, BernadetteWhere’d you go Bernadette? Maria Semple

Cute, quirky and fun. This was a fast read about a rather unconventional character and her story as a mother and wife. Extremely entertaining, unexpected and clever. I truly enjoyed this and looked forward to the next time I would have a few minutes to get lost in the chaos of Bernadette’s life. Full description here.

The Best of UsThe Best of Us Sarah Pekkanen

Loved this. It was the perfect honeymoon read. Indulgent, juicy and entertaining. A group of old college friends get together for a week-long vacation in Jamaica spouses included. The escape from their lives back home brings drama and some realizations that maybe they aren’t living the happily ever afer that they all thought. Full description here.

The Smart One by Jennifer CloseThe Smart One Jennifer Close (currently reading)

I was hooked on this author after “Girls in White Dresses” so I couldn’t wait to start this. It’s a story of a family with 3 children and when things start to go awry for each of them, they realize the best thing to do is head home. So far, so good and I’m enjoying the quick, witty writing of the story. Full description here.

Next up:

  • Sisterland- Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Beautiful Fools- R. Clifton Spargo
  • A Hundred Summers- Beatriz Williams
  • Tomorrow there will be Apricots- Jennifer Soffer

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