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“What should I read?” was a question recently posed to Husband and myself by a friend and it made me want to share some of the wonderful I have read so far this year.

These are in no particular order:

  • Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

This was released in 2012 and is written honestly and genuinely-2 things I greatly appreciate. I do not have any kids so I was skeptical if I would like this book but I thoroughly enjoy it. I love the way Pamela writes and I learned so much from this book. Whether that knowledge gets applied to my own children, others kids, or simply in life in general is fine by me.


  • Cheap Chic by Caterine Milinaire

So I got this book on a random “vintage” search at the library ( I literally type in vintage on the libraries online search and check out things that come up). I started reading this book and I was immediately awestruck. The information, ideas, and practicality in this book are as true today as they were when this was released in 1975. Unbeknownst to me, this book was just re-released with a forward by Tim Gunn.


  • French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

So after I read “Bringing Up Bebe” I searched the library for more “french living” books. This one came up and the title was so hilarious that I checked it out. No joke-this book as changed my life. Her practical and no-nonsense approach to being healthy really struck a nerve with me and I have made many adjustments in the my life due to reading this book. I am trying new foods with an open mind, drinking more water, getting more rest, learning to enjoy every morsel I put in my body and generally just feeling a lot better. I highly recommend this book if you need a little extra incentive to live what you already know to be the best for yourself.


  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I read this book after I saw it on a random list of “top feminist books to read”. This book is sad and beautiful and short. The perfect read for a plane trip or before bed. Written in 1899 this book was wonderfully descriptive and I really enjoyed it from beginning to end.

the awakening

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book was also on the “top feminist books to read” list and it was on my radar to read. The book came out in 1985 and is wonderfully and darkly imaginative. I could not put this book down. I recommend this to everyone.


  • How the States Got Their Shape by Mark Stein

So Netflix had a show available from the History Channel called “How the States Got Their Shape” and it was hosted by Brian Unger! Bonus! I loved the first season of the show but it quickly derailed, so I got the book it was originated off of and, no surprise, it’s amazing. This book is relatively short and has a chapter on each state and how it came to be. It is fascinating and so fun to learn more about the country I am native of.


  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

I am sure you have heard of this book if not already read it. I am a big fan of Lena Dunham. I like Girls and Tiny Furniture and she is the only celebrity I follow on Instragram. Lena is so honest, vulnerable, and hilarious. She is so wonderfully human. I loved the book.


  • Written in 1943 this book is super descriptive and I felt transferred into this world every time I picked it up. The book is dense and real. A story of a family and in particular a little girl called Francie. This book seems to have no agenda and is simply the story of life.


What books have you been reading lately? Anything you recommend? I like reading books by female writers and I am not afraid to learn :)



One thought on “What Should I Read?

  1. jennlong0213 says:

    I read Bringing Up Bebe and French Women Don’t Get Fat too. I keep water on my nightstand now! Plus I learned other things too :)

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