Do Tell: What are you reading?

Just a couple of nights ago, I finished reading Bethenny Frankel’s A Place of Yes, which I really enjoyed and found to be very inspiring and powerful. Before that, I read Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which is now a favorite of mine. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, it is also quite inspiring. Judging by my latest book selections, I guess you could say that I have had my confidence shaken a bit and was looking for some motivating words to help me get back on track. I would recommend these books to anyone. The first two chapters in Bethenny’s book were a bit challenging to get through. They mainly focus on her difficult childhood and relationship with her parents. While I wasn’t able to relate to that part of the book as much as I was to the rest of it, I truly commend her for being courageous enough to really put it all out there. Tina Fey’s book has become an instant classic for women. She is so relatable and like Frankel, she really puts it all out there, but in a less intense, funnier way. There were nights when I was reading Bossypants that I would laugh so hard that my husband would wake up.

I enjoyed both of these books tremendously and am looking for my next read. What have you read lately that you would recommend? I’m in the mood for a novel, but non-fiction is great, too. I always love hearing your recommendations and have actually read several of the books you have suggested. Thank you!

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  1. We’ve all been there. It’s wonderful though to be able to find solace and inspiration in a book. You may also want to check out Danielle LaPorte…she’s my guru!

  2. If you need more woman-power inspiration, I recommend Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski. A great recent read was Loving Frank, a novel based on Frank Lloyd Wright and his longtime mistress.

  3. I don’t have any recommendations because I am in the process of reading both of those books! It is rare that I laugh (like a for real laugh) when I am reading books. But Tina’s book has also made me go there a few times. Loving it.

  4. I recently read Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding her Inner French Girl. Very light and interesting read. Less of a guide and more of a juxtaposition of French women and Americans, in general. Definitely recommend!

  5. I was just going to start reading both of these as well. I heard such great things. Of all the people to become successful, to me, both of those women TOTALLY deserve it. Bethenny is an inspiration to never stop believing you have something to offer the world!

  6. A Sport and a Pastime by: James Salter

    you feel like youre in the french countryside eating, drinking and a lot of SEX!!!

  7. OK now I really need to pick up Tina Fey’s book!

    I’m reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil again, for a book club. Highly recommend it and another of Berendt’s books, The City of Fallen Angels about Venice, Italy. Both are non-fiction but read like fiction. He draws you in and you start to feel like you live in these places too. You can’t believe that some of these people and their stories are real!

  8. I want to read both of those – heard Bossypants was awesome! I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Peel Society and really enjoying it. I also just read a book called MudBound and it was good.

  9. I am guessing mine is going to be one of the most gruesome recs, but I just love anything by Richard Kadrey. Funny, violent, gory, he writes pretty visceral urban fiction.

  10. The Island by Victoria Hislop (LOVED this book) Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (amazing true story). Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. The Sweetness at the Bottom of The Pie by Alan Bradley, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (These were all wonderful.) I’m just starting Matched by Ally Condie.

  11. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella – from Publishers Weekly, “Shopaholicpowerhouse Kinsella delights again with her latest, a winning if unoriginal tale of amnesia striking an ambitious shrew and changing her life for the better. After taking a nasty bump on the head, Lexi Smart awakens in a hospital convinced that it’s 2004 and that she’s just missed her father’s funeral. It’s actually three years later, and she no longer has crooked teeth, frizzy hair and a loser boyfriend. Initially wowed by what she’s become—a gorgeous, cut-throat businesswoman—Lexi soon finds herself attempting to figure out how it happened.”

    So far it’s really light and very funny. Exactly what I need right now! Plus it’s got the are-you-sure-you-really-want-what-you-wish-for element. Great way to stay content;)

    Also, if you haven’t read Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help,” do so! I loved the book and am so looking forward to the movie.

  12. Thanks for the reviews. Excited to get my hands on Bossypants! If you haven’t read them already I’d highly recommend The Power of Now and A New Earth by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. His books are unbelievely powerful and life changing. I turn to them whenever I need to put my ego in check and find peace. Let me know if you end up reading ’em! 🙂

  13. Summer at Tiffany—memoir of Marjorie Hart who went to the University of Iowa and traveled to NYC in the summer of 1945 and got a job at Tiffany’s with her close friend. Engaging read.

  14. I read Bethenny’s book a few weeks ago and totally agree about the first few chapters but I loved the book after that! Such great advice! I wanted to highlight every line. I am in the middle of Tina Fey’s book and I love it as well. Looking for the next book just like you!

  15. I’ve been on a bit of a food book binge, lately. I recently read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, which was eye-opening, to say the least.
    Now, I’m reading The Last Chinese Chef – which is a novel. There’s several plots going on, but the seam that binds it all is the history of Chinese cuisine. So far, so good!

  16. Just finished “An Object of Beauty” by Steve Martin – it was wonderful! Lately, I’ve also enjoyed “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” and “The Sandalwood Tree”. For fun and easy historical fiction/romance I recommend Lauren Willig and the Pink Carnation Series.

  17. The Help-Kathryn Stockett
    Super popular book, and a really good story and easy read.

    Sarah’s Key-Tatiana de Rosnay
    Two stories running together, made me tear up here and there, but totally worth reading!

    The Confession-John Grisham
    Very much like his other books, but a good fast read.

    Keep me posted, I just got a color NOOK!! And am looking for new stuff too!


  18. I would recommend the following: The Monk by M. Lewis (an oldie but worth the read), Alias Grace by M. Atwood, The Club Dumas by A. Pérez-Reverte.

    Happy Reading!

  19. I just finished “One Day” and loved it! I think you will too. 🙂

    Also, have you read “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”? An oldie but a goodie!


  20. My favorite read of the year was “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese (sp). It’s literary fiction, a beautiful epic story about twins born to a nun and the monastery doctor she was in love with. It’s not light reading, but it’s not heavy either — it’s just emotionally substantive while simultaneously being a super easy read. I couldn’t put it down.

    I too love “Bossypants” and Tina Fey is my new feminist hero. She’s so funny and off-handedly feminist, which is a much better approach, I think, than the heavy handed rant approach. I just laughed and recognized so many truths while I was at it!

    Good luck finding the right read!

  21. I just started reading Water for Elephants. I missed the movie but aren’t book always better that the movies anyway haha. So far (prologue and one chapter in) it’s extremely good.

  22. I have a book blog, so if you ever need recommendations, drop by!

    I just finished Ian Fleming’s first Bond book, Casino Royale and added Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling on audiobook to my iPhone.

    Good so far.

  23. I hightly recommend “The Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. It is a book you will want to retain on your bookshelf. I read it and when I finished reading it, I immediately went back to page 1 and re-read it. It will stay with you and I will not give away any more of it.
    I believe it won the Pulitzer prize in 2005.

  24. The Help. I couldn’t put it down. And it’s going to be a movie this summer so I wanted to read the book first. Fantastic read!