Monday, February 18, 2013

New Book Recommendations!

Since I last shared a list of book recs in November I've read a bunch of new ones and found some gems worth blogging about.  These four are pared down from a bigger list of recent reads as there have definitely been a few "meh" ones that I slowly made my way through (or not) that I don't think I should share... I think you will all love all of these!

Enjoy and PLEASE leave any recommendations for me in the comments --- that's where I get all my best books to read and I'm in desperate need of some new ones!!!

Non Fiction:

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and The Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
Wow--- this book totally floored me. Nic and I were driving somewhere a couple weeks ago and heard an interview with the author about this book on NPR. It sounded like a really in depth and interesting dive into the world of Scientology so I downloaded it on the Kindle app. It was amazing. The book is incredibly well researched and really looks at the history, origins and dark underbelly of the Scientology religion, founders and famous members with a huge emphasis on meticulous research and fact checking --- without being boring!  It is clear the author really tried to put aside prejudices and it's AMAZING what he found. This shit is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
P.S. One time me and my friends went into the scientology center at Times Square out of curiosity and the women that worked there and all looked like models made us stay and watch a video about the brain and what Scientology is based on--- it got weird.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
What a beautiful and engaging story --- read this! This is the true story of a young single woman and her ambitious trek up the Pacific Coast trail in California. She writes beautifully and manages to weave in the stories of her drug problems, family problems and relationship history in with her life changing and ridiculously difficult backpacking trip. This is going to sound super cheesy, but I laughed, I cried --- it was super good.  A big shout out to my friend Rachel for recommending this on my last book post.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Do you like Harry Potter? Did you like "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell" or "Water For Elephants"?
If you said yes to any of the above than you will love this book about a magical circus and the strange array of characters involved with it. I loved this book. Thanks Lucy for the recommendation!

The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
This is a wonderful historically based novel narrated from the point of view of Ernest Hemingway's first wife. I easily got pulled in to her voice, their relationship and their life in 1920s Paris. This was great for Hemingway lovers and anyone else who just likes a good book :)

What have you read recently, please share!


  1. Always on the lookout.for a good book!

  2. I'm intrigued by the Scientology one! Thanks for the recommendation. I also would love to check out The Paris Wife as I just saw Midnight in Paris for the first time and loved it. I'm glad you liked The Night Circus!

    As for good recent books, I really recommend Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder". It's a little slow to get into but then gets gripping. I also just finished "A Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling. It's really different from Harry Potter but well-written with great characters. It's on the sad side and I've heard it is semi-autobiographical. Very good as well. Finally I also recommend " The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

    Thanks for doing these posts!