So I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to this month. Between the move, two trips to Charleston and this press trip to Mexico, I have been a busy bee! But now here we are, at the end of the month, and I haven’t shared what I’ve been reading yet! This month I read two (really great) fiction books, a book about design (trying to teach myself the fundamentals) and my friend Hitha’s book – about packing (also very useful as I’ve had so much travel going on!!!) All four are wonderful… enjoy! For more book recommendations check out my March Reading List as well as my Book Club Page where you can filter and find books by genre!
As always, if you have a minute – please comment and tell me what you are reading – your suggestions are always my favorite (and usually cause me to spend all of my money on Amazon… oops.
* First up was Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I knew when I saw that Elin Hilderbrand had called her “the next major voice in Southern Fiction” that I was in for a treat, and I was. This is the story of three sisters (all in very different stages of life) who return home to their mother’s home in a little town in Georgia. It’s part of a series of three books and I cannot wait for the next one to come out. All of the characters are very endearing (and relatable) and you really do fall in love/invest in each one of their stories. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a few days. This is your perfect vacation book/beach read.
* Next we ventured into design! Emily Henderson is one of my all time favorite interior designers (do you follow her blog? It’s amazing!!! I had picked up her book, Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves ages ago when it first came out but when I moved apartments. If you are looking to really hone in on your design aesthetic, this book will help you do that. There is a rather lengthy quiz at the beginning of the book… it will help you think about the things you love, how you live/occupy your space, and your overall “vibe.” I wasn’t surprised to learn that my own personal design style is a mix between old school glamour and mid-century modern. The other helpful part of this book is that it helps you to master the art of the vignette. A perfectly styled console table… your entryway… stuff like that. I learned a lot of helpful tips and tricks that have been really helpful as I start to design my own space!
* Next up was Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. I love love loved this book. It was so real and I could relate to it on so many levels. No, I did not move to New York and get a job waiting tables but I did grow up in a restaurant and work every single job a person could do (from busing tables to waitressing to even yes… dishwashing!) So I related/felt very nostalgic to that part a lot, but also the feeling of what it’s like being really young in New York (not the case anymore) and living in Brooklyn (the main character lived in Williamsburg which is where I just moved). It’s gotten mixed reviews amongst my friend circle but I could not put it down. It’s so real and raw and just wonderful.
* And last but not least, my friend wrote a book! Hitha Palepu (the voice behind Hitha on the Go) wrote How to Pack and it is chock full of useful information… information I know I should be using but information I constantly fail to use… like her packing timeline which will guarantee you a stress-free trip (except I packed at 1am for this recent trip to Mexico). From picking the perfect carry-on, to packing your suitcase (and everything in between) it will have you covered. Hitha is a true expert in this space… she’s traveled over 500,000 cumulative miles in her lifetime and knows her stuff. And at under $10, this book makes for the perfect gift for that friend who travels a lot.