In a few weeks, I’ll be jetting off to the warm beaches of Hawaii. I couldn’t be more excited to escape the deep freeze of winter and trade in my Ugg boots for the sand between my toes. The trip is a long one, so I’ve been planning my entertainment accordingly. First up, books! Besides the mandatory fashion magazines I’ll be packing, I also wanted a few books. Something light that I could easily read on the plane or the beach. After browsing on Amazon for a while, I settled on these three reads.
How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Anne Beret, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas. Written by some of the most chic French women, the book presents each of their views on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men. Each woman comes from a different background ranging from the worlds of fashion, music, publishing and film. They take you along on a first date, a party and their favourite spots in Paris, and share their tips on how to be mysterious and sensual, get that effortless French girl look, what they really think of going to the gym and having children.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This #1 bestseller has been on my wish list for a while now. Described as romantic, endearing and unconventional, it sounds like the perfect vacation reading material. The story follows Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor who has given up on finding love. He decides to create a questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. A chance encounter brings Rosie in his life. She is everything he is looking for, but also has a few personality traits he may not have expected. Through his search for love and her search for her biological father, a romantic and endearing story unfolds.
Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. Lately I’ve been dealing with issue of just being generally very hard on myself. There are times that I don’t feel I deserve all the great things around me. I felt I needed to shift my perception of my life and be more positive. Truth be told, I feel that most people should view the world in a more positive light, starting with themselves. I hesitated to buy this book for a long time, but finally gave in. Gabrielle being a recovering party chick, she takes the reader on the journey of her life and talks about how she silenced the ego that would tear her down each time something wonderful would happen to her. I’m half-way through the book and really enjoy the easy-going conversational tone. Already I’m beginning to realize when my ego is getting in the way of my happiness and slowly learning to silence it.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
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