Whatchya Readin’?

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It was a resolution of mine to read more books this year.  ( Much more doable goal than the illusive six pack.)  So far I’m off to a great start.  I’ve been a reading fiend the past few months and it’s been absolutely wonderful.  I’ll show you my reading list if you show me yours, deal?  Ok, perfect.  Here’s what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what’s next on my list.

5172b0s2busvl-_sx329_bo1204203200_    Look at the Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut  In college I had a bad Vonnegut experience so I was reluctant to humor the boyfriend and give his favorite author another go.  That being said, I’m so glad that I did.  Look at the Birdie is a collection of unpublished short stories from the late author.  It’s an incredibly easy and pleasant read that reminded me how much I love great storytelling.  While the products of both are completely enjoyable to read, I find that there’s a great difference between a great writer and a great story teller.  Fortunately for us, Vonnegut is both.

dont-worry-it-gets-worse-alida-nugent-cover-676x1024  I already wrote a post about this insanely hilarious and completely on-point book about navigating life as a twenty-something.  Here it is.

midnight-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt  About halfway through this book, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite books of all time.  The characters are so eccentric and illusive and the story is so fascinating and entertaining that it’s hard to believe it’s based off of entirely true events.  Once you start, you won’t be able to stop. It’s The Great Gatsby meets murder mystery with a seventies southern twist.  Best read with a julep in hand.  There’s also a film adaptation with a seriously killer cast, pun intended.  If you finish the book and just can’t get enough of Georgian history, check out my previous post about my impromptu road trip through Georgia.

 

513okn5tcjl-_sx320_bo1204203200_ Doctor Sleep by Stephen King  I’m a Stephen King nut.  My grandfather, a former publishing executive, introduced me to his first book, Carrie, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’m in the middle of his novel Doctor Sleep which is the long-awaited sequel to his lauded book, The Shining.  (Another must-read.)  While it’s a hefty book, it’s a serious page turner with both familiar and new characters.  Fear not my fellow Shining fans, Danny Torrance is still at the center of it all.

41giajvpdkl-_sx332_bo1204203200_ Summer of Night by Dan Simmons  After hearing about my love for a good mystery, Dylan suggested this book.  Once I read the synopsis, it quickly moved to the top of my reading list.  It’s creepy and suspenseful and, after peaking at the first few pages, beautifully written.

517r8gmvvzl-_sx283_bo1204203200_ The Class by Erich Segal  A dear friend of mine gave me this book a long time ago for Christmas.  It sounds like it’s a book best read slowly, with lots of breaks to sit and think.  From what I gather, it echoes the moral magnitude of the Dead Poet’s Society.  It’s one of those books I know I’ll love, I’ve just been waiting for the right moment.

 

Any of these titles do it for you?  Have you read them before?  What should I add to the list?  Tell me everything.  Speaking of reading, here’s another post you might like.Happy reading!

I’m Late, I’m Late…

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for a very important [blog] date.  Sorry that I dropped the ball yesterday.  I don’t know about you guys but this week has been tough.  Hopefully the weekend will bring less stress and give some time for some much needed R&R.  How are all of you spending your next 48 hours of freedom?  Here are some interesting things I found around the web this past week.

Madewell teamed up with Daryl Kerrigan, creator of the New York- based brand Daryl K.  The whole collection has an easy,cool and casual 90’s rock vibe that is pretty obsession worthy.  Check it out here.

Liv Tyler has been a style and beauty icon of mine for a long long time.  Check out this killer interview she gave where she spills some of her greatest beauty secrets.

This past week I’ve felt seriously under qualified to be participating in adulthood.  This quiz helped reassure me a little with my 0% score.

I can barely put this book down.

These fragrances are seriously to die for.

This blog is great when you need a little inspiration for some productivity.

Does this salad not sound super amazing?

I’m so incredibly excited for this show to come back.

This impression of Rachel from Friends was crazy good.

Have such a lovely weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

 

Have a LOVE-ly Weekend

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Happy (almost) weekend everyone!  It’s supposed to get pretty chilly around here so I plan to cozy up on my couch with large cups of coffee and persevere in the ever-daunting job search.  To all you employed folks out there, what were some helpful things you learned while you were on the hunt?  Any sage advice for me?  Here are some gems from the internet that I found this week.

These photos of Misty Copeland replicating Degas’ masterpieces are absolutely incredible.

Are you as completely and totally obsessed with the Netflix Original Series Making a Murderer as I am?  Part of me hopes that, for your sake, you aren’t BUT if you are here is just a handful of the totally hilarious parodies and memes the show has inspired.  (Which one is your favorite?)

I’m such a ‘UGE fan of Bad Lip Reading.  Here is one for the first Democratic debate and here is one for the first Republican debate.  I will truly never tire of these.

I wish I had seen this post earlier!  Next year I’m totally throwing a Galentine’s Day party even Leslie Knope would be impressed by.

Finally, a product that brings an end to the “I dunno, what do you want to do” conversation between you and your significant other.

This short little article and diagram on the effective weekend habits of successful people was really interesting.

So, this is one of the craziest/ coolest/ strangest/ sweetest things I’ve ever seen.

I’ve posted articles from The New York Times’ column, Modern Love before and I’m so excited to tell you that they now have a podcast!  Take a listen here.  

Are you going to show yourself some love and get yourself a little V-Day something?  I’m thinking of getting myself this or these.  Which do you think?

Have you seen the the new OK Go music video?  It’s kind of totally mind blowing.  (If you haven’t already seen it, here is another super cool video of theirs from a while back 2006.)

I hope you enjoy all of these.  Leave me some comments and let me know what you think.  No really, you should.  We can chat and be friends, it’ll be so great.  Have a happy weekend and, no matter how you spend it and who you spend it with, be good to yourself and to everyone else.  See you Monday!

 

 

“Don’t Worry It Gets Worse” Makes Everything Better

dont-worry-it-gets-worse-alida-nugent-cover-676x1024This book is every female twenty-something’s new best friend.  It perfectly narrates all the struggles of figure out how to adult and growing into adulthood with anecdotes of her own experiences.  Each chapter more relatable than the last, Nugent walks you through the very real struggles of apartment hunting, post-graduate night life, the daunting tasks of dating and her life-altering experience with a grilled cheese sandwich.  Go buy this book now.  In fact, buy multiple copies and send it to other people too.  Go.  Now.  Why are you still reading this?  You have a book you need to go buy!

Better Late Than Never… Right?

 

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

 

Sorry I’m a little behind, I promise I didn’t forget about you!  How was everyone’s week?  Apartment hunting was beyond successful.  I managed to find a perfect little apartment on a perfect little street and  couldn’t be more pleased.  It’s about half the size of the apartment I’m in now so it’s going to require some major de-cluttering on my part.  Any of you have any suggestions for down sizing and reorganizing?  Anyways, here are some sharables to get your weekend started on the right foot.

Write a number one pop song, remember us when you’re famous?

Because Rembrandt

I picked this lip exfoliating set up at Sephora earlier this week and I’m kind of loving it.

I’m headed to go see this movie with my good friend Erin tonight.

Having a hard time deciding on a Halloween costume?  Want to confirm your costume’s originality? This new site from Google can help you out.

Did any of you read this article in The New York Times this past Sunday?  It’s sort of heartbreaking but also really lovely.  I can’t urge you enough to read it.

 

How do you plan to spend your 48-hours of freedom?

xo

Courtney