There is just something about Spring that gets us excited to read — laying out in the sun with a good book sounds juuuust right. At the moment, we are on on very different reading paths — Reg is reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (check out our outfit pairing from last year), and Christa is reading the first Game of Thrones book. We’re both nearly through, and excited to jump into something new. Have you read any of these books, or finished something great that you’d like to share? Let us know!
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Ladies in comedy are pretty much just killing it these days in their careers, and Amy Poehler has easily become one of the many whom we love. This book of essays gives us some insight on friendship, jobs, love, etc., all through that witty voice of hers that we can’t resist.
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
This compelling story shines a light on female culture in Afghanistan, and the daily turbulence that women endure in a highly patriarchal society. Young girls are often times dressed and raised as the preferred male gender, only to later be sold into marriage and be revoked of the privileges they’ve come to know. This story chronicles several of these young girls, each of which has a unique tale to tell.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Birds are a big part of our family (my great grandfather was an evolutionist and ornithologist), and I was originally drawn to the title and cover. I then read about the heart-wrenching yet comedic look at loss while exploring the connection between nature and bereavement, and I knew this looked like a book to dive into.
Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore
I followed Grigore’s company instagram (SW Basics) long before I knew she had a book out about an all natural skin care regime, but when I started seeing it pop up all over the blog world, I knew it was going to be big. I gave this to my mom for her birthday in March and she has been thrilled to discover (and reaffirm) some natural beauty habits.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This year’s Pulitzer Prize fiction winner follows the lives of a French girl and German boy who are brought together through a series of events during World War II. Exciting, romantic, and filled with arresting detail, this novel seems like a great beach read.
The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
I am all about the psychological thrillers (I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s Books), and I’ve been hearing fantastic things about this edgy, thought provoking unreliable narrator story. Hawkins has been described as “join[ing] the ranks of a new generation of female suspense novelists — writers like Megan Abbott, Tana French, Harriet Lane and Gillian Flynn — who are redefining contemporary crime fiction with character-driven narratives that defy genre conventions”
A Story Lately Told by Angelica Huston
I actually heard about this memoir on NPR through an interview between Angelica Huston and Terry Gross on FreshAir, and I was instantly interested. Huston tells about her privileged and enchanted childhood growing up in Ireland, her troubled teen years in London, and her journey to New York to pursue acting and modeling.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
While Eat, Pray, Love may have a bit of a cheesy reputation (mostly due to it’s film counterpart), the core of the story of self discovery is very moving. Gilbert is also a very creative individual — have you guys heard her TED Talk? If you’re like me and sometimes need a little inspiration, you should really give it a listen! This historical fiction seems provocative, moving, and like something to just get lost in.