Friday, October 21, 2016

Chick Lit: 6 Books I'm Loving Right Now

Reviewing the last 4 books I've read, they all center around one common theme:  women!  While I've always been an unabashed feminist, I'd like to think I'm a little too dignified to be grouped in with the easy reading, skim-the-surface chick lit crew.  I'm most drawn to non-fiction, specifically biographies and memoirs, because they allow me to jump in to someone else's brain for a bit and see what life looks like from their vantage point.   So today, I am sharing 6 books I've read/am reading/plan to read soon that are based on an individual's life and work and what they learned along the way. 

1.) The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo $28/2.) You'll Grow Out of It $17.57/3.) Wildflower by Drew Barrymore $9.75/4.) Lab Girl $26.95/5.) Milk and Honey $8.99/6.) Slim Aarons: Women $51.97

I started reading Amy's book last week on the plane home to OKC and love the stream-of-consciousness writing style.   Reading her cringe-worthy (but completely relatable) coming of age tales is both enjoyable an enlightening- 

2.) You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Comedian Jessi Klein wrote this book in a similar manner as Amy Schumer- sharing hilarious stories of an awkward adolescence and the odd experience of developing in to a modern, 21st century woman.  She throws in splashes of wisdom, as well-

Amen, sistah. 

3.) Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

One of my former professors shared this title with me and I can't wait to dive in to the story. Lab Girl is about the life and work of scientist Hope Jahren, who has built 3 laboratories over the years where she studies the life of seeds, flowers, trees, and soil. The book also touches on the relationships she's formed over the years and the incredible experiences she's encountered living the life of a female scientist. 

4.) Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

My old boss Amanda gave me this book and I treasured reading every bit of it.  I've always liked Drew Barrymore but I've never been any sort of super fan.  Still, like most people, I am intrigued by her childhood and her sudden rise to fame and all the drama that came along with that new Hollywood life.  I was surprised to find that many of the chapters made me tear up because of the purity and honesty in her writing.  You truly feel that Drew is baring her soul in this book, and I loved hearing how she'd made peace with all the pain and hardship she's experienced.  I also loved reading about her memories of being on various movie sets throughout the years.

5.)  Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I always look up Rupi's instagram when I'm feeling wistful, or nostalgic, or pensive, or angry...  and can't seem to adequately describe the specific feeling with my own words.   Scrolling through her beautifully written essays and quotes always touch me in some unique way.  Rupi put together a collection of her writings in her new book, Milk and Honey, and I think it's a must-buy.  I'm waiting for my copy to arrive now.

As an avid Slim Aarons fan (two of his photographs currently hang in my bedroom), I was thrilled to see author Laura Hawk released a new coffee table book chock full of Slim's best female photographs.  Many of the 200+ photos never been published in book format before.

{The photograph on the right hangs above my bedroom dresser}

What's on your current reading list?  Any great books I must know about?

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