If you enjoy reading and haven’t discovered Goodreads yet, go. Right now.
Ok, now that that’s done, I’d love to share with you what I’ve been reading recently! (If you friend me on Goodreads, then you’ll know first! AND I can know what you’re reading, too, which is always fun/inspiring.)
My fave of the summer definitely had to be Bossypants, by Tina Fey. She is just as easy to like in print as she is on television. Her demeanor has this accessibility that is disarming, and you find yourself laughing out loud by the end of it. I really loved hearing her stories of growing up, working on SNL, and the creation of 30 Rock– a fave show in the Saou family!
Another real treat was reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. My friend gave me this book, and I was happy to receive it, but probably wouldn’t have ever bought it for myself. Classics are fine, but meant to be checked out from the library and read once.
Or so I thought.
This book snatched me up without me knowing it, and before I knew it I was in love. I fell in love with the characters, their community, the many imperfections of their lives, and the struggles they endured. There is something perfectly beautiful about a coming-of-age story, and this one absolutely earned it’s “classic” status. Now I am absolutely thankful that I own it, because this is a multiple-read kind of book.
I couldn’t let the summer go by without reading a photography book, so I ordered Fine Art Wedding Photography, by Jose Villa. I was so excited to hear Jose speak at WPPI back in February (so surreal), and to read his book was also a treat! To see his thoughts and logic behind the images that were printed in the book was very insightful. He inspired me to get up at sunrise the day after I finished and simply practice with the soft, changing light. Any book that inspires you toward action is a good one!
Of course, no year can pass me by without a read of Catherine Marshall’s Christy. Her story never fails to inspire me: diving into a new culture, a new job, a new life. I can identify with her in so many ways, and it’s one of my all-time favorites.
Have you read any good books this summer? Have you read any of these? I always love hearing about the next good book!