Five Books I Am Reading

I am a life long reader. When I was younger you could often find me with my nose in a book or curled up at the library. Even in college and grad school when things got demanding and I should have been studying I often took breaks to cram in a chapter of whatever Oprah’s latest book recommendation was.

But then I had kids and somehow started only reading books with talking animals and pictures. I stopped reading just for the love of it. This little internet habit of mine certainly didn’t help matters.

But since getting rid of cable , I find that I am watching TV a bit less and leaving a little bit of time every night to read. And I am rediscovering how much I love it.

Here are five books I have tackled so far this summer:

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) mindykaling
    I started reading this book after deciding to tackle her new show on Hulu +. Mindy Kaling wasn’t really on my radar before that because I have never watched The Office. I know. It is shameful. But I had heard this book compared to one of my favorite books of last year, Bossypants. It was very similar and equally hilarious.

    Now I am on a mission to make Mindy Kaling my best friend. I think it can happen. Don’t burst my bubble.


2. The Descendants

the descendents


Did I have you at George Clooney on the cover? He was in the movie version of the book, but I haven’t seen it. I kind of want to now, but I try and avoid movies after I read the book because I usually end up angry and cursing the director. This book was a little bit of a downer and definitely a lesson in how NOT to parent, but in the end it had a sweetness to it as the dad in the story finds his way with his kids.



3. Mudbound



I read this book for my book club. Although I should clarify we don’t actually discuss or even necessarily read the book, but more just get together, drink wine and complain about our children. But that aside, this book really stuck with me. It is set in Mississippi in 1946 and being a white woman from the north, I probably don’t think enough about how awful this time in our country’s history is.




4.  It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Whole 30

I keep reading about #whole30 in blog posts, Instagram and Twitter. I believed in clean eating already, but this really took it up a notch. I quietly did the Whole 30 program in June and felt a lot better. Then July 4th hit and whoa mama, I have been backsliding a bit. I don’t think I will stay paleo long term, but I must admit I felt better without gluten in my diet. So now I am about 80/20. Well I tell myself I am 80/20, but the ice cream makes it more like 60/40. Whatever. A life without ice cream and the occasional glass of wine just ain’t worth living. Still I highly recommend this book and giving the Whole 30 program a try.


5. Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

heads in beds

I picked this book up on a total whim at the library after reading about it at some point long ago. I am about 2/3 of the way through it and am finding it fascinating. We actually travel a decent amount and stay in nice hotels and this peels back the curtain a bit. I really want my husband and brother in law to read it since they travel for work. I always think any “behind the scenes” look into an industry is awesome and besides some foul language (seriously bad at times) I am riveted by this book. I think I might tackle Waiter Rant (P.S.) next.



I should also let you know that I am finding the Overdrive App to be the best way to read books. It lets you “borrow” ebooks from your library and download them to your reader or Kindle. You have them for 21 days at a time and can even put books on hold. I have several on hold right now and then just get an email when they are available. LOVING it.

What are you reading right now?

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  1. Love overdrive! Always looking for new books, thanks

  2. Can I hang out with you and Mindy after you become best friends? Yes? Okay, good, thanks.

  3. Shannon says:

    Fun suggestions (I’ve been meaning to read Mindy Kaling but haven’t gotten around to it), I’m pinning this to remind me.

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