Tomorrow is Monday.
Where did the weekend go? Where did the summer go? As I sit (well, mostly lie) here in my little bed reflecting on all the things I did and did not do this season, I suddenly glance over to my bedside table. Behind a 3-day-old glass of water and a half-eaten bag of Sour Patch watermelons (they were a gift okay?), I spot the stack of books lying eager and somewhat unread beside the lamp. It is certainly a bunch of misfits, ranging from the Bible and it’s companion journal which I try to read and write in a few times a week, to the impulse-buy humor/self-help book You Are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. More on that one later, AKA when I get around to finishing it.
Anyway, here are the rest of the noteworthy reads in the stack:
Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
This one is a must for any fashion hopeful. Grace Coddington, the newly social Creative Director at Vogue, uses her wit and blunt description to recall her journey to the present in the world of fashion.
Why you should read: She’s funny. Bottom line. This book exposes fashion for what it is: an intense, thrilling, eclectic, sometimes overwhelming industry.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
I’m usually the type to go for the classic girly-fiction hot off the NY Times bestseller list. This one’s a bit older, but definitely worth the read. Your typical western (lots of shootin’ and horses), though McCarthy adds the nostalgia and romance needed to make this the perfect novel for almost anyone.
Why you should read: It’s different. Expand your horizons a bit. Okay, so I had to read this for my English Lit class, but since then i’ve explored McCarthy’s other books and similar authors!
Adulting by Kelly Williams-Brown
Imagine my surprise when I found this in my stocking last Christmas! As I read the title all I could think was “wow, I guess my mom (er, Santa) is trying to send a hint. It’s time to get your life together, Lilli…” BUT as I read on, the chapters are chocked full of Brown’s hilarious stories about her messy young adulthood, to all of which I can relate.
why you should read: You could stand to learn a few things, okay? For example, this book taught me how to have my own low-key fancy dinner party, make a lazy girl’s cleaning schedule, and so much more.
As I mentioned before, there are things I wish I had done this summer. In addition to going on a cross country road trip and owning a Polaroid camera, reading more is one of them. Lucky for you, those were just three books in the stack, so once I get some time in my busy schedule (mostly comprised of waiting tables and standing anxiously in the ice cream aisle of the grocery store trying to find a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s), I’ll read them all and let you all know my thoughts.
written while listening to the Evening Chill playlist on Spotify and listening to the rain