Anyone read any good books lately? I certainly have, and I am so excited to share them with you today on the second edition of What’s On My Nightstand.
Now before we get to business, y’all might kill me, but I haven’t yet signed up for Goodreads yet. I really appreciate you all taking the time to recommend it to me in the comments last time, and I promise I will make an account before our ‘next what’s on my nightstand roundup.’
So now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move onto the fun stuff.
Since we last talked, I had the opportunity to read some great books, both for class and for pleasure. My family also booked our summer beach vacation, so I am stoked to start collecting awesome titles now that I can read when I have the luxury of time.
But for now, these are the books that have been on my nightstand as of late:
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell is one of the best-written memoirs I have read. Anyone else fall in love with Andie, too? A spinoff of her popular blog, Can You Stay for Dinner, Andie recounts her lifelong struggle with food and how she ate her way to 268 pounds by age 20. Now 135 pounds slimmer, Andie also talks about the mental changes she underwent in addition to the physical ones to adjust to her new body. If you’re looking for a weight loss guide, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you’re looking for a new way to view your relationship with food, or just a great read, this is a fabulous pick. Just a note—her descriptions of the food sometimes drag on, but that’s really my only gripe with the book.
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple has been on my list for a while, but I finally was able to crack it open last month. It chronicles the path of Bernadette Fox, wife, mother, and sufferer of anxiety who feels stuck in her life not fulfilling her formerly lauded promise. And then she goes missing. Her daughter is convinced she wouldn’t leave without a good reason, so she goes out to find her. For the reader, figure out where she went, the book uses all forms of ‘media’ to clue you in—emails, flashbacks, and other documents. This book is funny and kept me engaged—I was definitely sad to turn the last page!
Make fun all you want, but I totally ordered Guiliana Rancic’s Going Off Script on Amazon pre-order (anyone else?…Bueller?). I used to watch Guiliana when her last name was DePandi and she was the fresh face on E! News. I loved her then, and I love her now, and her autobiography definitely didn’t disappoint. I loved the stories from her childhood, and learning more about her apart from her reality television shows. Regardless of your opinion of G, her cancer story is truly inspiring, and I love that she is open about it in this book with the hopes of saving someone else.
I’d love to know, what’s on your nightstand?