What are you reading?

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Last month, I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which I absolutely loved. My friend Sally recommended it and I am so glad that she did! I thought it was a touching story about courage and compassion. It shows the human spirit in so many ways and tells of the tumultuous South in the 1960s through various points of view. It is both endearing and at times, infuriating, but it is an amazing novel that  I would highly, highly recommend.

A couple of night ago, I finished Kelly Cutrone’s book. I must say, it’s really good. I admire Kelly for her work ethic and ball-busting attitude. She kicks ass and takes names, but she does so through a positive, honest approach. There were certain parts that really spoke to me and made me feel as though Kelly had written the book just for me, like the section on “Finding Your Tribe”, you know, “the people we’re related to spiritually, emotionally, and socially”. Blogging has been such a HUGE part of this process for me and I am truly blessed for it.

However, she sort of lost me in the section about creating your own religion. That was only one chapter, though. The book is filled with so many gems of advice such as the fact that “personal branding is about figuring out who you are and what turns you on and then monetizing it”. If you’re looking to break into the fashion industry, are going through a bit of an identity crisis (I’ve been there, too!), or you’ve enjoyed watching Kelly’s fierce self on television, this makes for a great, quick read.


So now it’s your turn! What are you reading or what have you recently finished reading that you would highly recommend? Let’s hear it!

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  1. I just started reading House Rules by Jodi Picoult. So far it’s really good, love her writing. It is about a teen with autism whose tutor is murdered. Her writing is great. Highly recommend any of her books. 🙂

  2. I’m halfway through Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. It is a really amazing book that gives a view on leprosy in Hawaii in the 1890’s. I’m learning a lot that I never knew about the exile of lepers but also deeply invested emotionally in the book. Definitely recommend it!

  3. I wondered about Kelly Cutrone’s book:) Thanks for the little review. I am currently reading, “So long, Insecurity” by Beth Moore, which is a must-read for every woman out there! Especially if you desire to trust God’s will for your life and believe his Word. And second, I am reading “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge. If you have a relationship with any man..especially a husband..read it!

  4. yes! i’ve been seeking out book recommendations. someone had already mentioned the help but i had no idea that kelly cutrone had published a book! that’s what i get for spending the semester in europe. i can’t wait to check it out — thank you!

  5. I am reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m loving it. It’s a very inspirational novel which came at the perfect time for me as I’m getting divorced. I highly recommend it!

  6. The Help was a great book! I’ve passed it along to so many friends. It really resonated with me since I’m a Southern girl ~ so thankful for revolution and change!

  7. I just finished The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. I was on my Book Club’s reading list, and at first, I thought it was something I wouldn’t normally pick out on my own to read, but now I’m thinking of following the series of Mma Rowatse and her clever case-solving!
    Easy, light, and entertaining reading.

  8. I used to read at least two books a week, but since I’ve started blogging…not so much! I have two books on the go at the moment though. My Life in France by Julia Child (but I keep on picturing Meryl Streep as I’m reading it!), and being a good Australian, I’m also reading a new Australian novel “The Book of Emmett” by Deborah Foster. It’s a tough read because of the subject matter ..a tale of abuse at the hands of an alcoholic and obsessive father (I know, I know!) but it is so beautifully written. I think it will be a love conquers all ending..I hope so!

  9. I read The Help last month too!

    I just finished The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I read it once in high school, managed to pretty much forget it all, and read it again last week.

    It was better the second time.

  10. LOVED The Help! Incredible book. Especially for someone from the South, it resonates. Just read Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper and Charles Martin’s Wrapped in Rain. I’ll have reviews on my blog shortly!


  11. What a great post – great comments! I just finished the Help two days ago – awesome book! I really enjoyed Tales of a Female Nomad (nonfiction but sooo good) and I’ve just started Hinds Feet in High Places (an allegory based on Habakkuk) and Nefertiti (for something different) – yes, I read multiple books at once – depends on my mood each night! haha

  12. First, I just want to tell you that I have been reading your blog for so long now and absolutely love it! My husband and I were in Barcelona in August and loved it and I hope you do too!

    Anywho – I just finished The Help a couple of weeks ago and adored it. I was curious about Kelly Cutrone’s book so perhaps I’ll check that out in a bit. Now, I switched gears and am reading Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster – a hysterical memoir. Good luck finding your next read and keep us posted!

  13. I had picked The Help for my turn for my book group. It was fun to create dinner for the get together to discuss the book. For dessert? Carmel Cake, of course!
    I have just finished The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. She also wrote The Historian, one of my favorite books. Swan Theives is another great read.

    I have been watching Kelly on TV….maybe the book is in order!

  14. “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery. It’s set in Paris, it’s funny, and it’s beautifully written. I want to underline something on every other page.

  15. I’m with Louise, up above, and just finished “The Guernsey Literary etc.” Wonderful, wonderful book!
    Also finished Mark Greenside’s “I’ll Never Be French”; loved it!

  16. I so was wondering about the Kelly C book. I like her but then as you said there are some things I am just like ….huh? But its good to know that most of it is good!
    x Trina

  17. Oh I love book recommendations! I’m currently reading “The Brightest Star in the Sky”, Marian Keyes’ latest book. So far, it’s great — just like all her books — but I’m admittedly not very far into it yet.

    I also have to give another endorsement to Alexander McCall Smith — his stuff is great. It’s just…happy!

  18. Just finished “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan and am about to read it again so it really sinks in. Warning: don’t read this book unless you’re ready to be jolted out of materialistic complacency.