Well folks... it's been More than a YEAR since i've taken the time to write a blog post. So, what better way to jump back in than with my 2018 vacation book suggestions! I hope you enjoy these and are eager for the next posts to come! xo
1. Me Before You (+ After You + Still Me) - Jojo Moyes
THIS. TRILOGY. The first book is good, the second is great, and the third, just as great. You will fall in love with Louisa Clark, and when you're done reading ... just rent the movie and indulge in the beautiful people that are Louisa and Will. You won't regret it. Creep the movie HERE.
2. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek
Join the club. Everyone who's anyone in business has read this book, and for good reason. Simon Sinek sheds a creative light on a critical topic in organizations (and life, really). This book is great on audiobook and will encourage much self reflection. My sales team at work attempted to read this as a "book club" but we all know how extracurricular education at work goes... works for a week or two and then you forget about it. Read it on your own, you won't regret it.
3. Pretty Mess - Erika Jayne
HELLO RHOBH FANS !! **If you're not into the Real Housewives franchise feel free to skip to the next book suggestion** <--- you're nuts if you're not obsessed with Bravo (Hi Andy Cohen!) Anyways... Ericka Jayne wrote a book and it's v interesting. This is very much an autobiography and focuses little on her time with the RHOBH. It does give great insight on her upbringing, her journey to LA and the man that is Tom Girardi.
4. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this one. I added it to the list because it came so highly recommended and has been read by so many. It was a good book... definitely one that you want to keep reading, but it's not a "I must know what's next" page turner. Read the Amazon synopsis and make your own decision, but you're welcome for opening your eyes to this one. xo
5. The Defining Decade - Meg Jay
ALRIGHT. Break out the notebook (bc you'll be taking notes) and the tissues (bc you may have a mild breakdown). If you're in your 20s this is a MUST READ. Meg Jay shares some of the common stories she hears from her clients, past and present. Her years in clinical psychology have given her unparalleled insight into the struggles we, as 20 somethings, face - trying to figure out life, love and career.
6. The Vacationers - Emma Straub
Emma Straub's style is mesmerizing. I loved this book as a light summer read. It follows a NYC family that takes off to a tiny European island. The family is running from their daily life and solving their issues through good food, great drinks and romantic ambiance. It's a quick read and fresh for summer! I just started another one of Straub's books Modern Lovers ... so stay tuned on that review too.
7. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg
Here we go again with the everyone who's anyone in business stuff. This one is just everyone who's anyone who's a female in business. JK. men definitely need to read this one too. Sheryl, as a former Googler and current Facebook COO has an incredible perspective on today's office culture. She focuses on Silicon Valley tech companies, but if you're interested in the workplace and how to sustainably make changes, this book is for you.
8. A Million Junes - Emily Henry
Alright, WARNING -- it's a little juvenile, but it's SO good. It's unlike anything I've ever read before and it is a quick read! This mystical romance will enchant you page after page. The story follows June, a young girl in a small town of Michigan as she navigates family drama and a forbidden love. It has all the elements and it is GOOOOD.
9. Cork Dork - Bianca Bosker
I actually can't shut up about this book. It's INCREDIBLE if you like wine! Let me tell you... if you have ANY interest in wine, the wine business, the wine culture, grapes, wine people, drinking wine, anything wine - you will love this book. Bianca Bosker is a former Huffington's Post editor who left her day job to become a certified sommelier in one year. She writes about the wine world in a sassy and approachable way, and you will learn SO many things throughout the journey this book takes you on. If you're in NYC head to Terroir Tribeca where Bianca spent some of her apprenticeship - their wine list is phenomenal and the staff is incredible. Ugh. just read this book. PLEASE.
10. Inside the O'Briens - Lisa Genova
The most dramatic, honest and real book on this list. Lisa Genova is a genius. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard and has dedicated her life to educating humanity on rare and life altering diseases. Her other work, a bestselling novel, was made into a breathtaking movie - Still Alice -- you have to watch it, your life will be changed (shout out Mika and CateWood, let's go get a modified Alice soon!). This novel, Inside the O'Briens follows a family in Charlestown, MA that is struggling to accept their father's Huntington's disease. The vicious illness that takes over the man they once knew. -- grab your tissues, I shed many tears by the end.
BONUS: The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
AUDIOBOOK! I listened to this while I drove from San Diego to San Francisco (surprise! I live in the "Bay Area" now!) Liane Moriarty's work is brilliant. She is the writer of Big Little Lies which is now a hit HBO tv show with a 2nd season coming soon - eek!! This novel follows stories of love, friendship, secrets and crimes and is set in Australia. It's everything wrapped in a pretty package.