I used to love reading and I mean like, stand outside someones window with a boombox over my head kind of love. Especially when I first moved out of my parents house and into my own place, I would spend HOURS just reading book after book. In my free time, I would go peruse the aisles of Barnes & Noble until I had a nice stack of new babies to head home with.
Fast forward a few years and well, life happened. School, job, marriage, baby, second job…reading was just something I no longer had time for. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I was sitting in bed and was just beyond tired of staring at my phone. Between my regular day job and my social media “job” I spend countless hours a day on it. I happened to look in my nightstand and saw a book I had purchased a while back and never got around to reading. So down went the phone and on went the book light.
The next thing I knew, I was turning the last page of the book and it was almost 2 am. I couldn’t put it down. The feeling of not worrying about anyone or anything else was so exhilarating, I was so completely lost in my book a bomb could have went of and I would have been none the wiser.
The next day I hoped on Amazon, ummmm hello…PRIME member here!! And ordered a nice little collection. Now, every night around 9 or 10, I grab a book instead of my phone and let’s just say it has been beyond liberating. I have less trouble sleeping (serious insomnia most nights), I am less stressed throughout the day and honestly….I just feel like I have more…mental clairity? Is that a thing?!
Anyway, I could go on and on about the immense positive change reading has made in my life but you will have to see for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed. In the meantime, here are some of the books I have been reading, a few old favorites and some I have on deck.
The Last Mrs. Parrish – Possibly my new favorite book to date. First off, it’s a total page turner with lots of unexpected twists and has a super sexy vibe to it and lots of scandal. I also love how the story is told from two different sides. It gives it an entirely different perspective and really helps create a vivid picture in your mind of what’s going on.
The Stylist – I am currently about half way through this one but am totally digging in. It reminds me very much of the “Devil Wears Prada” movie – I say movie because I never read the book. It’s funny, invigorating and gives hope to girls like myself don’t always feel like they fit in with the rest.
Behind Closed Doors – This one I would say was a “like” rather than a love. I don’t regret reading it, it is very well written and a great story. Just a little dark for my taste. But if you are someone who loves thrillers and unexpected twists, you will really enjoy it.
The Bucket List – Next up on deck after I finish “The Stylist”. According to the excerpt it’s about a young woman who discovers she has breast cancer and before undergoing a double mastectomy, decides to make a bucket list with her friends of all the things she wants to do and experience with her boobs before the surgery. It ends up being a journey of self love and discovery, and as someone who has a personal connection to breast cancer, I am so looking forward to reading it.
How To Keep A Secret – Number 2 on deck. Here’s a brief synopsis: Lauren has the perfect life…if she ignores the fact it’s a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant. Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it’s… Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she’s determined to keep her trademark smile on her face. Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?
Playing With Matches – Super intrigued by this one as it sounds like a total guilty pleasure. “Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss.”
If You Only Knew – A story of sisterhood, I am super looking forward to reading this one as well. I love a good sister/bff story any day. The story is about wedding dress designer Jenny who is having trouble letting go of her ex-husband but winds up with a new possible boo and her sister Rachel whose idyllic marriage implodes after she discovers her husband sexting with a co-worker. Love, sisterhood and scandal all in one!
I hope you decide to pick up a book soon too and that you find some great new reads. If you do decide to check out any of my picks, I would LOVE to know what you think of them in the comments. Or even better, leave recommendations of YOUR favorite book!
xo – Nicole