Hey guys! I have been asking for a lot of input for the blog, specifically what you are all interested in reading! Aside from music (records coming soon) the most common request is regarding books. This is an awesome thing for me because if you know me at all you know I always have a book (often multiple books) on me. I will be reading 3 different books at once, reading a chapter a night from each like someone would watch TV.
Soooooo this is the beginning of a series of book lists. I want to curate top 5 lists for you all periodically, but also let you know each month what I'm reading!
Hope you are all as excited as I am!
To start it off this is a list of 5 of my go-to "easy" reads, with varying genres.
You are also more than welcome to follow along with me on GoodReads here, which if you don't know is the best social media-esque site for readers. You can write reviews on books and connect with your friends and other readers.
I'm not sponsored I just love their site. LOL
The Year of Magical Thinking is for anyone who has lost someone they love. The story follows legend Joan Didion in the painful year that followed her daughter's hospitalization and husband's sudden death. This book was difficult for me to read, as it really hit home. But even so it remains one of my all-time favorites.
I don't usually take an interest in comical novels, but White Girl Problems is honestly the most hysterical, laugh out loud book I have ever read. I read it after finishing a particularly sad book and desperately needed something uplifting. The author, Babe Walker, is a fictional character who is an extreme of a typical Los Angeles rich girl socialite. What I find so amazing about this book is that the character has become a real person in society. She has an instagram, and even a wine company with The Fat Jew. Babe is the girl you love to hate, or hate to love, and definitely are embarrassed to admit you have things in common with.
Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky
Bad Marie is a book to be read while sipping champagne in a café by yourself. Funny, but dark, a tale of a young girl who finds herself in bad situations, and finds herself infatuated with a man and his toddler daughter whom she nannies. Marie is simply every mom's nightmare.
I have a love/hate relationship with memoirs. Sometimes I am obsessed with jumping into the author's real-life experience, and sometimes the harrowing realization that the events actually happened kind of mess me up. Brain on Fire is an account of a woman's hospital stay (pieced together from interviews with her doctors and videos, as she doesn't remember the majority of the events) and first-hand experience suffering from a rare neurological disease that almost had her committed. I just found out that this was made into a movie, but the movie got really crappy reviews so I don't know that I will watch it.
Give me a haunted house, a female lead, and a curse ANY DAY. I love love love neo-gothic tales. White is for Witching was the first book I read by Helen Oyeymi and I now consider her one of my all time favorite authors. Her style takes a page from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe.
Trigger warning: The story is dark, sometimes confusing, and deals with issues like racism, eating disorders, death and abuse.
Hope you guys like the list! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite book is!