Book Club // February 2015

It’s stormy outside. In La Jolla terms, that means it’s kinda windy and it drizzled earlier today. Current ambient temperature is… 63 degrees. Okay, okay, I’m a brat.

So, I know there are some of you out there surviving blizzards and multiple feet of snow, but to San Diegans, 63 degrees is cold, so I’ve been bundled up in bed reading away. 

Bonus: Reading a real book (yes, one made out of paper) instead of your computer or iPhone before bed will cut out that bad “blue light” that keeps our brain awake and makes it tricky to fall asleep. Books equal better beauty sleep. Check out these winners and read your way to fewer crow’s feet.

When you need an escape from your own drama… 

I totally judge books by their covers. When I saw this one, I thought, “Oh, this is cute, let’s see what it’s about…” 

And it blew my mind.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is THE BEST novel I’ve read in years. When I finished each chapter, I was thinking to myself, ‘Wow, I did not see that coming.’ There is a mystery to be solved in this story, but it’s not a cheesy mystery series. It’s clever, well-constructed and engaging. I was immediately hooked on the story that unfolds in this suburban Australian neighborhood and I guarantee this book will surprise you the whole way through.

Read this book, you won't regret it.

When you want to travel, but your bank account is telling you to calm down… 

I just started on Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. In Chapter One, a frail, dying, beautiful blonde movie star pulls up on a fishing boat to an abandoned Italian town on the Mediterranean coast in 1960 and a handsome young Italian man who’s carving out a tennis court on the side of a mountain falls in love with her immediately.

In Chapter Two, a young struggling professional woman in Hollywood is facing a few decisions.. like whether to keep the sexy tattooed loser in her bed or be single. Or whether to ditch her once promising job in the film industry to take a lucrative position archiving a Scientologist’s movie collection.

To say I was confused is an understatement. It seemed disjointed until I hit the chapter where that handsome, once young Italian man shows up in present day Hollywood. And all the sudden I’m in love with the characters and things start to get interesting. The story so far is charming and enchanting escapism.

When you need something to read while you drink an Oprah Chai Latte…

I’ve totally bought into the Spirit Junkie craze. Gabrielle Bernstein, the new guru for motivated 20- and 30-somethings seeking spiritual guidance, made me cry about a dozen times while reading this book. Because it’s so honest, and true. She’s the “every girl,” who tells us enough about herself so we understand her journey, but is honest enough to allow each of us to relate to her in one small way or another. 

This is her best book so far. Gabby is a student of “A Course in Miracles” and this interpretation of the works is easy to understand and digest, but doesn’t speak ‘down’ to the reader. It’s simple in it’s presentation, but does not make the reader feel simple. I felt inspired and like I steered my boat back on course after reading this. Thank you to my girl Suz for this amazing gift. 

Have your read any of these books? What did you think? What are you reading? Tell me below!