blog: books

books are making a comeback. models are reading them. bachelorettes are writing them. oprah’s (still) recommending them. like magazines but longer, books are the best. and not just the ones that turn into even better movies. (i’m looking at you, gone girl.)

i went to the beach with my family last month. it was the first time since having a full-time job i’ve taken a vacay, and it was the best seven days of my life (no offense, job). we had a home cooked breakfast every morning, watched tv while eating turkey sandwiches at lunch,  and went out for ice cream every. single. night. but the best part? even better than two scoops of blue bubblegum on a cone? books.

i like big books and i cannot lie.

i read nine because i needed something to entertain me through my relentless tanning schedule from sunup to sundown. i won’t list all nine because nobody got time for that, but here are a few (warning: no serious literature will be found on the following list)

  • the girls by emma cline – i’d heard a lot about this book but didn’t actually know anything about it other than that i liked the cover. so imagine my surprise when i open up to a somewhat raunchy and dark book about a cult. but cults are fascinating and so is murder (oops, spoiler alert) so it was great.

“Life is a continuous backing away from the edge.” – The Girls

  • i said yes by emily maynard – hey, i warned you (see above, “no serious literature”). we all know emily was the best bachelorette of all time (honorable mention: kaitlyn) so really i just wanted to read this to solidify my fangirl status and show my undying support, but it was actually thoroughly enjoyable. ugh, she’s the best. RIP jef holm.
  • what alice forgot by liane moriarty – i’ve read some of this authors other books and loved them. dramatic, over the top, and just a little trashy… the perfect combination for literary gold. i expected this one to be the same but it wasn’t – it was better. way better. good writing, great plot, and i didn’t cringe when my mom picked it up to read after me like i would’ve with the author’s other books… eek. they’re making a movie (yay) starring jennifer aniston (nay. jennifer garner would’ve been better. but sadly nobody asked me).

“But maybe every life looked wonderful if all you saw was the photo albums.”

– What Alice Forgot

  • the happiness project by gretchen weiners (jk, gretchen rubin) – i had to throw in some more nonfiction just to mix things up a little/make my family think i had matured somewhat from life in the big city and that i actually care about what other people have to say about their lives. which i do. when it’s emily maynard. anyway, i’ll admit it… i was so anxious to get back to the luckiest girl alive by jessica knoll (100% recommend, two thumbs up, five stars, 10 out of 10), that i kind of skimmed this one. but it was ok, i guess. i felt happier – when it was finally over.

for more book recommendations, check out goodreads.com. it’s like netflix, for books. happy reading!

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