End of Summer Reads

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away the reading list. Actually, I start my reading in the early fall considering I’m spending a lot more time indoors. I have a whole list of books that I’m eagerly awaiting – cause lets face it, whats better than curling up with a good book while the weather outside gets frightful?mindy-kaling-why-not-me

First and foremost, I’m super excited about Mindy Kaling’s new book “Why Not Me?” (out September 15th) anyone who knows me knows that I have a weird obsession with Mindy Kaling, I really feel like Mindy, Taylor Swift and I would make the ultimate girl squad, but that’s a topic for another day. I devoured Kaling’s first book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”  in record time. I love Kaling’s quirky yet eloquent style of writing, chalked with embarrassing and heart warming essays and confessions this book makes for the ultimate summer (or end of summer) read. In her follow-up book (voted one of the most anticipated books of 2015) “Why Not Me?” Kaling shares a collection of essays about life, love and finding your place in the world all with her signature, hilarious twist.

31Ou964UF-L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us will find ourselves in the position of hostess (or host) which we all know can be overwhelming. There is nothing I love more than to host a party; I love trying out new recipes, decorating and creating an all-around positive atmosphere to welcome my friends but sometimes it can get to be a bit much. In her new book “Kate Spade New York: All In Good Taste” (out October 27th), our favourite designer will take us through modern-day hosting tricks, hacks and ideas. Kate Spade takes us into her colourful world discussing everything from shucking and oyster to Instagram etiquette at the dinner table, in other words, this isn’t your grandmas rigid Finishing School guide for hosting a party. 51o8wXzdZXL._SX375_BO1,204,203,200_

My third and pick is “Love  Style Life” by Garance Doré (out October 27th). Fashion photographer, illustrator and writer Garance Doré, takes us a step beyond her “visual diary” of a blog and into her beautifully illustrated world telling her unique story while offering quips of wisdom gained from her travels and adventures. Voted by  New York Times Magazine as “The Guardian of All Style”, Doré offers her advice on falling in love, finding your career path and mixing sensible style with high-end pieces.

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My fourth and final pick is one that is already out but I have yet to read, “My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang and Seduction in The Great City on The Seine” author and former Vogue and
Harpers Bazaar editor Kate Betts shares her memoirs of being thrown into the Paris fashion scene in the 80’s. As a fresh college graduate, Betts dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent, after moving to France and taking odd jobs to pay her dues, her dreams finally came true. This inspiring book takes us behind the scenes of Betts career showing the struggles and rewards of working hard at your craft.

Now onto thing’s I actually have read. I just finished Emily Giffin’s new book “The One and Only”. It took me a little while to get to this book since I’ve been drowning in essays, exams and readings for the 200px-Somethingborrowedpast couple of years and I wanted to wait till I finished all of my necessary school work to really enjoy this book. I’ve yet to be disappointed by Giffin’s books but I found myself a little lost during all the football talk (more on that later). I first heard about Giffin when a friend of mine told me about the book “Something Borrowed” she had said her sister has already bought five different copies of the book because she keeps lending them out and never getting them back. I’m sure by now most of you have either read the book or seen the 2011 film adaptation staring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. My friends and I were so obsessed with this book that we went to the film opening night rocking “Team Darcy” and “T18465837eam Rachel” shirts, cheesy I know, but surprisingly we weren’t the only ones. I was team Darcy all the way, I don’t care how self absorbed or shallow someone is, you simply do not go for your best friends fiancee! Anyways, from there I went on to Giffin’s “Something Blue” (which picks up where “Something Borrowed” left off but from Darcy’s point of view), and I was hooked, I’ve read all of Giffin’s novels which take on challenges between relationships – weather through spouses, best friends or family. She writes stories for women, about women and that’s why she will always be my favourite modern-day novel writer. “The One and Only” takes place in a quaint town in Texas where the residents live and breathe football. I kept imagining the story to the backdrop of the show Friday Night Lights, but instead of following the drama of 30 year-old’s playing 16 year-old lovers, we’re introduced to Shea, a woman thrown into the middle of a tragedy thats shaken up the whole town; a tragedy which forces her to reassess her whole life. The book takes us on Shea’s journey of self-exploration through careers, romance, friendships  and connecting with estranged family members.  The thing I love about Giffin’s characters is that they are realistic. **Spoiler alert, if you plan to read this novel you can stop reading this post now** Though Shea’s world is shaken up when her best friend’s mother passes away, she doesn’t agonize over her own distant relationship with her mother, rather it shows her growing resentment for the women who tried to provide her with everything she didn’t want in life. If you’re looking for a page-turner to throw yourself into, I would highly recommend “The One and Only” or any of Giffin’s novels for that matter.

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