Hello from Spain! We have about 1 more week left on our honeymoon. We’re currently in La Rioja doing a few days of wine tasting at the vineyards here. I’m in heaven!!
It’s time for another month of books! I read 5 this month, and (true to form…) I was pretty much all over the place with my book selections! Ha! Just keeping things interesting…
EVERYBODY WRITES By Ann Handley
I feel bad that I can’t remember where I first heard about this book…I’d like to be able to source it. I certainly got a lot out of this one!
I love blogging, journaling, and writing letters, and I’d like to be able to do all of them better. My profession is playing the violin, so while I’m not technically a “professional writer,” the idea of this book is that “everybody writes,” no matter their job title. We all write emails, tweets, reports, and newsletters. Anyone and everyone can work to improve their writing.
It’s an easy-to-read and practical book, and I got lots of helpful ideas. In order to make drastic improvements in my writing, I know that I’ll have to be more consistent with taking time to just do it. I’d like to commit more time to my writing, but that’s not feasible at this stage in life. Reading this book, however, was a step in the right direction!
Today Will Be Different By Maria Semple
My book club picked this book for our May book, and I thought it was adorable! This book reminds me of Semple’s book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” because they’re both about somewhat dysfunctional female protagonists who struggle with normal, everyday tasks. Because of that, the main character is relatable. She’s wanting to make a change in her life, but she’s not quite sure where to start. Oh, and Maria Semple’s writing style is hilarious. I love it!
Here’s To Us By Elin Hilderbrand
Guilty. Guilty. I confess, the closer it gets to summer, the more chick lit I read! I have to throw a few juicy beach reads into every summer month! I listened to this one as an audiobook during an 8 hour road trip I had a few weekends back. Elin Hilderbrand’s novels are all set in Nantucket Island. They take about 5 pages to get into, require very little brain power to process, and are just easy and sexy and fun!
The Course Of Love By Alain De Botton
A few days before our wedding, our pastor sent us this NYT article titled “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” by Alain de Botton. It’s powerful and worth your time to read! And then shortly after the wedding, my friend Esther recommended I read de Botton’s novel, The Course of Love.
This book is a realistic story about a couple who meets, falls in love, and gets married. But the book doesn’t stop there, as so many novels do. This one continues through the early years of marriage, the struggles of financial pressures, having children, an affair… it’s real life stuff. I am so happy to have read this book, because it paints a gorgeous picture of what it actually means to “be in love.” This will certainly go down as one of my favorite books of the year.
Talking As Fast As I Can By Lauren Graham
Any other Lauren Graham fans out there? I’ve watched every episode of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood more times than I can count, and I recently read her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. My little sister Kylee texted me and said, “you have to read Lauren Graham’s new memoir!”
Of course, Lauren spends plenty of time writing about her experience of coming back to film Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. But she also dives into her childhood, schooling , her first few years of broadway, and shooting random commercials just to pay the rent. She talks about her love life a little bit, and her blurb about Hollywood’s confusing advice about dieting is golden.
The book is written to sound like her witty, silly, fast-talking self, and I love that. It’s a super short book, too, so it’s perfect to bring on a plane to knock out in a couple hours!
Alright, friends. That’s it for me. What have you been reading this month? If you have any suggestions for me, let me know in the comments section below!