books

A Reading Wishlist

CaptureReading is something that I find immense joy in. I’ve always been that way. Summer holiday’s of my childhood meant hours spent with library books; silent work time in class meant reading, I’ll do my homework later; and I was one of those nerds who worked in the library after hours in high school, shelving the British history novels according to the Dewey Decimal system. Yes, books have been a big part of my life and continue to always remain so.

A few friends and I recently put together our own little book club. It started with a shared love of books and a rather inebriated night of professing our love of Harry Potter. We agreed to spend the summer reading and discussing all 7 books (I’ve now read them 14 times…). With the end of the summer nearing, and my two friends returning to school, we agreed to continue on to new and exciting series of books after they get back into the swing of things University-wise. As an often bored train-commuter this gives me plenty of time to fit in many books on my list before the gang starts up again. These are a few books that I’ve been dying to read lately:

  1. The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins. If you haven’t heard of this you’re living under a rock
  2. Go Set a Watchman – by Harper Lee. Another “big news” novel that’s been talked about for months.
  3. The Goldfinch – by Donna Tartt. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  4. Paper Towns – by John Green. Another much talked of novel. I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I have high hopes.
  5. Why Not Me? – another, what I assume will be hilarious book from Mindy Kaling comes out September 15th.

Do you have any book suggestions for me? I need help! Maybe I’ll provide a few reviews or thoughts and discussions once I’ve finished a few of these. Happy Reading my friends.

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The ‘Women I Wish I Could be Friends With’ Bookclub

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It’s not often that I get thoroughly wrapped up in a book of non-fiction. It’s quite difficult to rope me in to something that requires little imagination. But when you offer me a book filled with griping success stories, as well as sad and happy real life tales, all the while doing so in a way that is so unbelievably funny I want to pee my pants, I’m sold. This has recently been the case with my reading collection: my own little book club of the women that I wish I could be friends with.

It seems to me like writing a book is the thing to do lately. Everyone who has experienced success in their lives are putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and are creating tomes of their lives, tales and journeys. Yet the power women of comedy, the leading ladies of my funny bone, are doing so in a way that is comedic genius rather than dry, humourless stories.

We start with Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns): I read this book first. I knew very little about Mindy at the time. I’d never watched The Office, nor her own sitcom (both of which I love now). I think that not knowing her made the book that much more enjoyable. It’s a hilarious story of a self-conscious girl trying to make her way in the comedy world. And she writes it in a way that is so relatable to the normal girl. I’d have to say hers would be my second favourite of them all.

Then I read Tina Fay’s Bossypants: and by read I mean listened to the audiobook. Which is even better since she reads it herself. Once again, a hilarious story of a girl’s comedic success. But this time from someone that I knew quite well. Tina fills her story with anecdotes of summer camp, and really focuses on how she got to where she is – the before famous stories. It was those that I really enjoyed.

The funniest, most daring, outrageous, and my favourite was Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. Again, Lena is someone I know very little, if anything, about. I keep reminding myself, now that I’ve read the book, that I should probably watch an episode or two of Girls and figure out who she is. But not knowing her, again, made the read that much better. She, out of them all, writes like she truly is an author. Her stories are cynical, crude, and down-right shocking! She writes about hardships in a way that is so open and true that it’s so much more relatable. Not everyone famous has an easy life, and she makes you realize that those in the spotlight are normal too (something we often forget). I couldn’t get enough of this book.

And last but not least was Amy Poehler’s Yes Please! A recent publication. So just like the rest of these leading ladies I knew I had to read this one. Not going to lie, I struggled a bit. It’s not that Amy’s book is not funny. Trust me, I have many laugh out loud moments. It’s just that Amy spends a lot of time talking about moments when she had already made it and how she felt in those moments. She often uses names and references that I think only those close to her would truly understand. It makes it a little hard for an outsider like me and you to follow along. Either way, it’s still filled with hilarious stories, pictures and titles.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and I can’t wait for more leading ladies to get theirs out there. I truly wish I could be friends with Mindy, Tina, Lena and Amy. Don’t you wish that too? What do you think of these books?

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Wishlist – Christmas

Christmas-time is less than 10 days away!! So it might be a little late for this wish list. It was hard this year to put together a list. After spending so much money on my big move I just couldn’t justify any Christmas gifts…but I caved and I’ve come up with a small list of things that I would love to get for Christmas, or things that I think are great gifts for others (friends, sisters, girlfriends (hint hint Corey)). Image

1. Diptyque Feuille de Lavande: I’ve always wanted a Diptyque candle. I just can’t justify spending that much moola on a candle. They’re gorgeous though. The smell is amazing and makes me weak in the knees. I haven’t even smelt this scent before…but lavender is one of my favourite things in this world. The jars are so gorgeous and I love the idea of reusing them as well.

2. Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Perfume: Another thing that I’ve wanted for a long time. I thought I was gonna get one of these for my birthday but it never came. I love Jo Malone. I often spend about a half hour in Holts smelling each individual perfume, and I have such a hard time picking out which one I like best. The rose perfume that came out at the end of the summer is also a winner. 

3. Vera Bradley Weekend Bag: I’ve always had a bit of a love for Vera Bradley patterns. I had a really tacky Vera Bradley bag when I was younger and a co-worker of mine makes fun of me non-stop for liking the patterns. We can’t get Vera Bradley in Canada, but since I’ve been traveling to the States for work so often I’ve seen a lot of it. I’ve always wanted this large quilted weekend bag, and now that I’ve found that it comes in a plain black colour I love it even more. Perfect for all the travelling I do.

4. Urban Decay Naked 2: I know that Naked 3 just launched last week, but I’m just not into the pink tones and light colours. I was always really really into the original Naked palette, but I recently decided that Naked 2 was the way to go, plus I just really like the packaging – a metal snap shut is really much better than fabric and magnets.

5. Longbourn by Jo Baker: I am a Pride and Prejudice junkie. Everything about the book, the movies, the soundtrack, the version with zombies, the fan fiction, the paraphernalia, etc. etc. I love it all. It is the worlds greatest love story. He was too proud, she was too prejudice. sigh. SO this new book came out recently and it’s on Heathers List (for those of you who don’t know, thats the CEO of Chapter’s reading list) – The book is about the story of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the Bennett family’s servants. Thats gonna be a cool twist. My mom and I are both so excited to read it!

Whats on your Christmas Wishlist this year?!