Book Rec: Fifth Avenue, 5 am by Sam Wesson & Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This time around, there wasn’t a clear book that pulled ahead for me. They were all enjoyable, but middle of the road. As I thought about it more though, themes of the past, nostalgia, and how imperfect life really is tied these two books together.

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My Fashion Book Collection

Since It’s still far too hot to wear anything stylish, and the excitement for fashion is rising as we get closer to fashion month, I figured it was about time to share my fashion book collection. I’ve certainly always loved fashion and books, but my love of these gorgeous books peeked when I was in college. Walking into independent bookstores and finding shelves upon shelves filled with books about every aspect on fashion had me in awe. My little suburban town Barnes and Noble couldn’t compete.

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Book Rec: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

And the first book rec of the year is The First Book of Calamity Leek by Patricia Lichtarowicz! I picked this book up on a whim in one of the sale sections during a trip to Barnes and Noble. I figured it’d be a quick, easy read in between some heavier books I have on my TBR. When I started reading though, I was pulled right into this odd world I couldn’t make sense of, and the book quickly became a favorite.

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PopSugar Reading Challenge Q4

It’s a New Year! It may be a little late for the celebrations, but maybe a look back to last year we’ll be inspiration for this one. That strategy wont work with everything, but definitely for books. I’m a little amazed that I was able to stick with this PopSugar Reading Challenge for an entire year. My only other successful resolution has been starting a regular practice of yoga (which I’ve been doing now for over 3 years.) So push away the thoughts of abandoned resolutions past for a moment and maybe you’ll at least find a good book rec below.

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PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017: Q2

Though I read about the same number of books as last quarter, I feel like this one has been a bit of a reading slump, or at least not as many books as I wanted to read these past few months. On the bright side, this quarter was filled with books that surprised me, and are sure to be long time favorites. Here they are: 
The first book in a series you haven’t read before
A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you &
A book that’s published in 2017: 
Also known as the series I won’t shut up about, I’ve been reading this series most of the quarter and frantically flipped through my print out of the challenge to make sure each book fit into to some slot. It’s a new all time favorite. Great for anyone interested in different cultures, drama and hunger and envy inducing descriptions of food.
A book with a title that’s a character’s name: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This was a book where I was upset that I hadn’t read it sooner. A quirky family, a lot of heart, and humor make this book a great pick me up. 
A Bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read: Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams
I had been reading this book during my trip to Cancun and had left it there since I returned and figured this was a great excuse to pick it up again. Adams’ joyful Nihilism can make anyone like sci-fi. 
A book with a month or day of the week in the title: A Perfect Yesterday by Ann L. Tucker 
I know this matchup is a bit of a stretch because ‘yesterday’ isn’t actually a day of the week, but this book was shoved in my hands before I could think of if it fit anywhere. Thankfully it’s a short and sweet read. 

Up Next: 
A book with multiple authors: Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein 
I’ve already started diving into this and I’m not sure how it will affect my life, but learning about the psychology of how we make decisions, good and bad, is really interesting. 

A book with one of the four seasons in the title: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash 
Had to wait for the right weather to start this one, of course. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? 

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017: Q1

I decided to take on a reading challenge for the first time this year.  I chose the POPSUGAR reading challenge because it had really interesting prompts that I think would change up my usual reading habits. I want to try and read more books in a variety of genres (instead of just memoirs and adult lit) and more books written by women. 
To combat the freak out over time moving so fast (a quarter of the year has already past!) I figured I’d reflect a bit on what I’ve read so far:
A great memoir for anyone interested in fashion, vintage life, and the relationships between mothers and daughters
A book that’s been on your TBR for way too long: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner 
This was kind of a disappointment. I found all the characters and the plot rather boring. 
This is for anyone who loved Shel Silverstein as a kid and has a good sense of humor. 

A book with a red spine: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher 
My first dip into Carrie Fisher’s books and it was a great introspective look into her thoughts and hilarious at times. 

A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Continuations with a new author are always a little weird, but this was pretty good. I’d stick to the originals though. 
Up Next: 
A book with a title that’s a character’s name: Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Any recommendations? 
Further Reading: 
Stock Photos from PinkPot

Book Recommendation: Shocked; My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk

The Book:
Shocked by Patricia Volk, has been on my reading list for so long that by the time I picked it up I had no idea what it was about. Though, sometimes it’s a more exciting way to approach a book. Thankfully, I’m a sucker for anything about fashion and mothers. The memoir revolves around her mother, Audrey, who wore Shocked perfume, and Elsa Schiaparelli, whose memoirs were Volk’s transformative novel and the perfume’s designer.

I love the comparison of these two women because with the removal of any idea of competition, it highlights how different we can be. Personally, this was a exercise in not fully relating to either Schiaparelli or Audrey, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book. Instead, I thought about the women in my life and how I differ from them, without it diminishing my love for them.

Shocked was a leisurely read, like sitting on at the feet of your mother or grandmother as they give you advice and tell you about their past.  With pictures at the end of every chapter, it was like going through an museum exhibit. Volk’s family photos, Schiaparelli’s designs, and the surrealist art that inspired them seem other worldly now.


The Playlist: 

Sunday kind of love by caidyboo is a very relaxing playlist. It’ll give you a bit of an old-timey feel and is super appropriate for a less than cheesy valentine’s day listen. The strong presence of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and more pair well with the opinionated Audrey and Schiap. 


What are you currently reading?