I’ve always been a book nerd, and the type of person that once I pick up a book, you will have to physically remove it out of my hand. This is the reason why I love having a Kindle because if you tear the book out of my hand, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that I may pull up the book on the kindle app underneath the table during dinner. For someone like me, having thousands of books in the palm of your hand whether it’s on your phone or the actual kindle is a very very wonderful and dangerous thing! But without further ado, here are some of my favorite reads, from the mouth of a reading addict.
Whenever I travel I always make sure to pick a new book to read, and this summer when I was traveling to Paris I chose The Help. It literally became an extension of my arm. I loved the switching off of narrators and how each one was sassy and clever. It’s about a group of African American nannies down South in the 1960s who are finally getting their voice heard about the atrocities they have been put through. Their bravery and passion for other people is touching and they will either having you laughing or crying, and sometimes both.
You will be laughing your way through the whole book. If you are in a room with other people, they will probably look at you like you’re a nut, and then will probably want to read it with you once you clarify you’re reading a book by Tina Fey. She discusses the gender gap in comedy, how she got to be the queen of comedy, and much more.
My mom really wanted to me to read this one before we went to Paris, because it would put everything we were going to see into context, but I always shrugged it off. But then after my trip, I had nothing better to read, so I pulled this one of the shelf, and it was great. The Da Vinci Code was like the movie National Treasure except the two main characters were running around all over Europe solving clues and riddles, and unveiling the facts behind history.
I recommend reading Wild before seeing the movie because in my opinion the book was incredible. It is a memoir of Cheryl and how she was going through a very difficult time in her life and going down a really rough path, and then went to hike the Pacific Coast Trail to basically cleanse herself and discover who she was. By the end of the book, I was googling backpacking supplies, because her story and the way she depicts the beauty of the PCT made me want to hike it. It’s an inspiring tale that you won’t want to put down.
Glass Castle is a memoir about Jeannette Walls and how she was raised in a poor family with two very unconventional nutty parents, and how she came to overcome her circumstances. Determined to not let her personal experiences at home get in the way of getting out of a poverty stricken life, she went on to graduate from Barnard College and to be a popular journalist and writer.
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