Life Lately

Weekend Reading

April 15, 2016

I’m one of those people who aspires to be a book worm, sitting in a cute little coffee shop or bookshop and reading awesome books until closing time when I’m literally being pushed out the door. Unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way and I usually find myself so exhausted by the time that I get home from work and the gym that it’s all that I can do to shower and pull up Friends on Netflix.

Lately though, I’ve been working on my 2016 resolution to read more by carving out parts of my day and dedicating them to picking up my latest book. Even if it’s just 15 minutes in the morning and then maybe half an hour at night, I always feel so much more accomplished and proud of myself with each page I turn.

Plus it’s so relaxing to just curl up with a hot cup of tea and get lost in someone else’s story!

After finishing my last book (which was pretty long and took me about 1.5 months to finish), I’ve now got a few books in my bookshelf and Kindle that I’m looking forward to tackling.

My Life in France by Julia Child // As someone who’s always loved cooking and has never been particularly good at it, I’ve had a girl crush on Julia Child for a while now. I’v always find it so inspiring how she dove headfirst into French culture after moving to France with her husband (without knowing the language when she first moved there, might I add) and then became so insanely passionate about cooking and found her calling in teaching other Americans that they too could be master chefs in their own homes. I bought this book almost two years ago when I was in Paris for a weekend at Shakespeare & Co. and I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to finally pick it up!

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan // I first heard of Marina Keegan’s story when I was a freshman in college and what I remember most is that I had a sudden awareness about just how fleeting life can be, even for people with as bright of future’s as Marina. And her story has stuck with me since then. So when I was browsing through a bookstore in Penn Station a few months ago while waiting for my train, I was shocked for a few seconds to see her staring out at me from one of the covers. Her book consists of a collection of her short stories and essays that were put together post-humously, and from what I’ve heard from friends it’s an incredibly inspiring read.

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai // This is one of those books that you inexplicably find yourself drawn to at a yard sale and know that you have to buy it, even though you can’t exactly put your finger on any particular reason. I actually still don’t know much about this book besides what’s printed on the back cover, so I’ll have to get back to y’all about how I liked this book!

Do you guys have any books that you’ve been dying to read lately? I also have Out of Africa and Dragonfly in Amber (the second book in the Outlander series) just waiting to be read in my bookshelf!


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  • I love curling up with a good book. Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

    • I’m the exact same way! Plus I always feel so much smarter with every book that I finish!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    These are awesome books. Thanks for sharing girl. Have a fabulous weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len

    • I always love finding new books! Thanks!!

  • Biana Perez

    These all sound so great!! I’ve been so bad about reading…I need to unwind with a book at night instead of the TV! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I’ve really been trying to cut back on television lately… I still haven’t totally cut it out (I love watching Netflix while I cook!) but I’ve been better about not watching tv in bed!

  • Great that you are trying to read more, I’m terrible at finding the time. Gemma x

    • I really have to carve out time before bed or else I find myself getting stuck in front of the tv and falling asleep on the couch!

  • Your selection looks great Courtney! I’m reading again after years! So fulfilling indeed!



    • Thank you! And I absolutely love reading, although I’ve been pretty lax about actually picking up a book in the past year!

  • Blaire Bingham

    I am always looking for great books to read! I can’t wait to hear your reviews of these books. Have a great weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • I always love finding new books too! It’s probably why my bookshelf is totally packed right now!

  • I’m trying to read more this year, too — but it’s hard to cram it in some days. Thanks for these suggestions!

    • I totally understand! Somedays I can spend hours reading and then I might go a week without picking up a book!

  • You’ve got some pretty interesting reads lined up, girlie! I watched Julie and Julia and loved it, so cute and humorous, so I’d definitely be interested in reading her book! I think there’s much to be learnt from her tenacity. Sometimes you just got to go for the dive head first and see what you discover, once you resurface! I have to admit that I’ve been slacking with reading lately, I too LOVE to read, both the “paper” (online) and books, but like you said, life has been getting in the way. However, you’ve definitely encouraged me to try and see where I can carve out time to read again! I too LOVE holding a real book, although I do have some downloaded on my Nook app because it can be so convenient, especially when I just can’t wait to read a new release, but it really isn’t the same has turning a page. Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have the best weekend!



    • I’m the exact same way! I love my Kindle because it’s so convenient to carry around when I’m traveling but nothing beats the feel of an actual book in your hands!

  • Seriously what some seriously interesting reads you have lined up!!! I can not wait for college to be over so I actually can sit and read! So excited! Happy weekend to you!
    xoxo,Victoria w

    • I used to read so much during the summers in between college years! I actually finished the first three Game of Thrones books the summer before my junior year!

  • To be honest, I am so very much behind on reading of any nature. But these types of posts always inspire me. :]

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    • I definitely find myself not reading enough some days which is why I have to leave time before bed to sit down and relax with a book!

  • Thanks for sharing these! I love reading but find that I only get round to it on holidays (when I love lazing by the pool or in a café with a good book!).
    Having also moved to France with my husband (with minimal French to start with) and being called Julia I think I should really read Julia Child’s book. However, any similarities end with the cooking as I am neither passionate about nor good at it! 🙂

    • That’s such a funny coincidence! I haven’t started the book yet but I love the movie Julie & Julia so I can only imagine that the book is wonderful as well!

  • That book by Julia sounds great! I love to cook too and find her very interesting.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I find her super interesting as well! Plus I loved Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie and Julia!

  • i need to pick up a book again, thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you for sharing !

  • I’ve read The Hundred Year House and it definitely drew me in more than anticipated. The Opposite of Loneliness sounds like something I’d enjoy reading, though bittersweet based on the description.

    • You’re the first person that I know who’s read The Hundred Year House! I’m definitely looking forward to reading it!

  • ah I want to read a book this weekend! sounds fun1

    • I definitely got a lot of reading done this weekend on the train to and from New York!

  • The Julia Childs book sounds fascinating, I wish I had more time to read!

    • She seems like such an interesting person, at least from what I’ve read and watched about her life!

  • I loved the Opposite of Loneliness. I also recommend Fates & Furies. Such an amazing read!

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    • Oooh I’ll definitely have to check out Fates & Furies! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • I love reading so much, but these past months have been so busy that I completely forgot about it. Thank you for sharing these and reminding me to read something new, this weekend I’m definitely going to grab a book and a cup of coffee and just read 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    xo, Esther

    • I definitely find myself caught up in everyday distractions and forget to pick up a book, especially in this past year since starting my first full time job!

  • Enjoy your reading sweetheart! I have the Opposite of Loneliness and it sounds like a wonderful read! xxxxx

    • Thank you! I’m really looking forward to reading it because it sounds like such an inspirational book!

  • Shaira Angelique Manalo

    I’m curious on the last book. Definitely going back to read your review! 🙂


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  • I should be like you & carve out more time to read. I mean I read a lot on the Internet but no physical books as of late. :]

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    • I definitely spend way too much time watching Netflix and not enough time reading, but I’ve been trying to correct that lately!

  • These all sound so great! I definitely want to pick up My Life in France. I’ve heard many great things about it. Great post!

    Daisi Ari ||

    • I absolutely loved the movie Julie & Julia (which is partly based on My Life in France), so I’m really excited to start reading it!

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    I can totally relate! I love reading too, but between school and just life in general, I’m too tired to read more than a chapter or two. So nice to know I’m not the only one! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    Edye //

    • Between reading and meditating before I go to bed, I’m usually out like a light by the time my head hits the pillow! I definitely have to be careful about not falling asleep earlier haha

  • Reading in a bubble bath sounds so relaxing and something that I should definitely start doing!!

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