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!