Jul 14, 2008

Style-ish Reads!

No wedding related post today. Just not in the mood. Sometimes you just gotta take a day off. =)

In one my tags I revealed that I read A LOT. The last couple of books that I've read, I've highly enjoyed and thought that I would share:

Underneath this wedding planning, stylish, fashion obsessed girl is someone who has high ambitions and is very dedicated to her career. I took a chance a little over two years ago, to leave a company that I loved but that risk has paid off ten times over as I would never be in the position I am now if I hadn't taken that risk (and made a couple of good decisions along the way). I'm always inspired by women who take risks and don't let little things get in their way of getting what they want. I just finished "Basic Black" by Cathie Black, President of Hearst Magazines, and loved how the book was written and the advice that she gives. She's very straight forward, to the point and gives great stories and examples of what she's been through but also puts it into a context that is easy to fit into your career.

I am not a biased book reader, I read everything and anything. I am not swayed by "best sellers" or what not. I'll just buy it if it seems interesting to me. It's a hit or a miss as sometimes I end up hating the book but it is so worth when you get that one book that is just so good that you can't put down. "Sheer Abandon" by Penny Vincenzi is that book for me right now. I am about 40 pages away from finishing this book but I'm still willing to recommend it even before I get to the end. The writing is brilliant, and the plot is fantastic. What I love about it is that it's multiple stories all intertwined into the one big story but every character is so well thought through.

In terms of "chick lit", I loved "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin. In fact, I bought three of her books and read them back to back in a month. I have yet to read her newest book but will be picking that one up soon. "Something Borrowed" is not your typical chick lit. The storyline is unexpected and the writing is done very well.

And one that I have yet to read but will be picking up soon is Lauren Weisberger's "Chasing Harry Winston". Lauren Weisberger is the author of "Devil Wears Prada" which I read well before the movie came out and liked it very much. I wasn't a fan of her second book "Everyone Worth Knowing" but I'm willing to give this one a shot. It looks like a fun, easy read and we all need those in the summer right?

If you are interested, I created a widget on the right side of the blog which links right to the books on Amazon.

I'm always up for book recommendations. Any of your latest reads that I should know about?

all images from amazon.com

8 comments:

  1. How do you have time to read all of these fabulous books and all of these blogs and work such an amazing job (oh yeah, and plan a wedding as well)?

    What do you do exactly, I am curious (you can email me if you want!)

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  2. We all want to know!;)

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  3. Usually my trips to Jamaica allow me time to read and I have two recommendations. I'm a voracious reader and Love books too.

    One of the BEST books that I could barely put down was Marching Powder By Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden. This is the story of Thomas McFadden, a drug smuggler who gets caught in Bolivia and spends four years and eight months in San Pedro Prison in La Paz. I can't recommend it enough... and the Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini a bookclub favorite and a great read.

    It's Aricka, blogger won't let me post with my ID!

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  4. Jenna and Anonymous - you guys are too funny :) I like that you are curious. it must mean I'm interesting! haha.

    Seriously though, I make time to read because I enjoy it so much. I can go for weeks without picking up a book and then when I do I finish it in 2 days. Also, the travel that I do (try a 17 hour flight with a 3 hour layover!) brings me plenty of time to read. (When I'm not working on my laptop, that is)

    BTW for blogs I'm actually very selective about what I actually read so I don't end up reading that many.

    As for my occupation... well Jenna knows as I emailed her earlier today. But all I can say is that I'm in HR for a very fast paced industry. :)

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  5. Aricka - thanks for the recs! Marching Powder sounds awesome. I assume it's a true story? I love true stories. I will def. be getting that one.

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  6. i'm a total bookworm too and always make time for it...no matter how swamped i am - even if it's 15 minutes before bed. i read chasing harry winston and i must say i'm on the fence about it. it's a quick, fun read as can be expected from weisberger but...i dunno. not as good as devil wears prada but for what its worth it's fun. i know..not a great review but i don't wanna give it away!

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  7. i'm all about more risktaking. really pondering some scary moves. might pick up your recommended reading. need more inspiring women as mentors ;)

    p.s. that lauren weisberger bugs me. mediocre writer at best. mostly tho I am just jealous. Where's my book deal???

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  8. Seriously Diabolina, where is your book deal?? You need one!

    Agreed about Lauren Weisberger, mediocre writing, but the story line is what keeps me interested.

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