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.
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.
Despite taking what feels like years to finish American Gods, I’ve been in a very bookish mood. I blame it on the weather. It’s finally warm enough to start dreaming about days in the yard or on the beach reading a juicy, scandal-filled novel. I will certainly be on the hunt for the next Crazy Rich Asians, but first we’ll start with a sweet and lighthearted book recommendation.
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.
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.
Three books! What a fail. Though to be fair, We, the Drowned is nearly a whopping 700 pages. I spent all of September working my way through it and I’m just finishing up the last hundred pages now. That’s a super long time to spend on a book, easily the longest of this challenge. But since I have so few books for this quarter here are some mini reviews below.
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 &
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.