I used to be a major bookworm when I was a child. I stopped reading for pleasure because I was reading so much and busy with school. Recently, I have been reading a lot of books because it helps me cope and escape from my medical situation. I downloaded the Goodreads app, which I absolutely enjoy using and can connect with fellow readers. My mom and I are now our own little book club. We read the same books and then we can talk about it together. A few weeks ago, I finally acquired a public library card (with Snoopy on it 🙂 -SCORE: SO WORTH THE $1.00 FEE ) so I can check out books instead of paying for books with nonexistent money. I am limited to checking out only 5 books during the first month of my membership and then I can check out 35 books!!! I wonder if anyone has actually checked out 35 books at one time. It is very fortuitous that one of the public libraries is literally only 2 minutes from my house and recently remodeled. Also, I can check out books from the three other public libraries in the city as well. This library system even has a cellphone app so I can easily renew and request books from my cellphone – the times have changed!! I want to share some of the books that I have read that I love and recommend.
I have my boyfriend’s mother to thank for reigniting my reading habit. My boyfriend’s mother, sister, family friends and myself all LOVE Gilmore Girls. We even had a watch party for the “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” TV release. We watched the entire release in just one single day, which was a long, fun day of Gilmore Girls. She gave me Lauren Graham’s memoir entitled “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between”, and I devoured it. I absolutely love Lauren Graham. Then, I started picking up other books, and I have read over 40 books in a short period of time. I have almost accomplished my self-imposed reading challenge of 2018. I am VERY competitive. Let me give you a glimpse into the types of books that I like to read. I will admit that I love reading memoirs because I find people fascinating, and I get inspired by other people’s lives and how they navigate through hard times. I love fantasy books and humorous books that make me laugh. I love any books related to theater. I also read self-help books and Christian books. Here are some of the books that I have read that I recommend:
Lauren Graham’s Memoir, “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between”– A must read for any Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls fan!! I highly recommend. My mom loved it too.
Lauren Graham’s first novel, “Someday, Someday, Maybe” – Lauren Graham is just as amazing writing memoirs as she is writing novels. This novel was about an aspiring, struggling artist navigating the theater world, which speaks to the theater nerd in me! Buy both of Lauren Graham’s books – you won’t regret it! She needs to write more books!
“Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book” by Jennifer Donnelly – I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and figured it was the same, well-known Beauty and the Beast story. However, the author put a creative spin on this classic tale, which was ingenious and thrilling. I highly recommend this book, especially for Disney nerds like myself. I think the awesome book cover was what enticed me to buy it.
Jen Kirkman’s Memoir, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids” – The title of the book jumped out at me, and I decided to read it. I appreciate the author’s honesty, vulnerability and ultimately, her self-deprecating humor in this book. I use self-deprecating humor a lot myself! Another book to put on your “Want to Read List”.
“Life Is Like a Musical: How Broadway Can Help You Live Your Best Life” by Tim Federle. I bought this book, honestly, because it was gold, shiny and about theater. Also, I absolutely love musicals and wish my life was set to music. How fun would that be if everyone broke out into singing and dancing randomly!!! Well, the title says it all. I will always read a book that applies musicals and theater to real life. This made me laugh so much and just absolutely devoured it. Ever theater nerd needs to pick up this book – you will wish you had!
Books by the Christian author, Gary Chapman. I love his writing style because it is comes across as professional, conversational and not too preachy. “The Five Love Languages – The Secret to Love That Lasts” book: My friend who is engaged recommended that I read this book because it was a useful tool for her and an enjoyable read. I completely agree and recommend it to anyone and everyone. It includes a comprehensive quiz where you can discover your love language(s) and your significant others’ love language(s). I also read “The Five Love Languages- Singles Edition” book because it applied the Five Love Languages to non-romantic relationships, and it provided new information that was not included in the other Five Love Languages book. I also read his book entitled “Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment”as well as the book entitled “Everybody Wins: The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing”. All of these books were easy and enjoyable to read as well as informative and inspirational. These are great books to have at home that you can easily refer to to help you be successful in your relationships. My mom read all of these books as well and enjoyed them. These books are a must read, and I still have a few more books to read that he wrote.
“Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction” by Candace Cameron Bure. It is confession time – Yes, I still watch Dancing with the Stars and love it. I watched the season that Candace competed with professional dancer Mark Ballas on the show. I applaud her for being courageous enough to be true to herself on the national stage, not being afraid to share her religious beliefs despite how people might respond, and not compromising her religious beliefs during the show. She was also very tactful about how she shared those beliefs as well. I can imagine that being very difficult in such a public forum. I do appreciate her discussion about her religious beliefs in the book, but I hoped for a bit more behind the scenes information about Dancing with the Stars and her journey on the show.
Confession Time Again!!! Yes, I have read the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer and my boyfriend teases me about it. Yes, I have seen the movies in the theater when they premiered and watched them on TV. I fondly remember watching one of the movies in the theater, and Robert Pattinson (who played the part of the vampire Edward) took off his shirt and everyone let out a collective verbal expression of disappointment. I laughed so hard. I am DEFINITELY Team Jacob all the way! Why am I telling you all of this – well Stephanie Meyer rewrote the first book of the series by having the female as the vampire and the male as the human. Everything else was exactly the same. The title of the book is “Twilight Reimagined”. It was pretty fascinating to see the dynamic shift with the role reversal. I gave my mom the book to read. She seems skeptical and I wonder what she will think!
Lindsey Stirling’s Memoir, “The Only Pirate at the Party”. Yes, I will confess I watched Lindsey Stirling compete on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars with professional dancer Mark Ballas, and she was absolutely amazing. She actually did an entire ballroom routine while playing the violin. Lindsey Stirling puts a contemporary spin on playing violin and performs choreography at the same time. She is not sitting in a chair playing the violin – she is rocking out. Before I saw Lindsey Stirling on Dancing With the Stars, I was familiar with her because she performed a song with Pentatonix entitled “Radioactive”; performed the song “All of Me” with John Legend; and performed an instrumental mashup of the music from Phantom of the Opera. Her music is absolutely breathtaking. She is a PHENOMENAL dancing violinist, and she didn’t allow the rejection from the judge Piers Morgan on America’s Got Talent to discourage her from pursuing her dream. She definitely showed them that anything is truly possible. This book was fun and inspirational!
One of my all time favorite books is “The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red Hair”by Erin La Rosa because I am a ginger and all of the freckles on my face are souls that I have stolen..I can’t tell you anything further because it is the manual for our elite, secret society :).
Another awesome self-help book: “Adulting, How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps” by Kelly Williams Brown that speaks the millennial language. I brought this to work one day, and one of my coworkers saw it and laughed. This book was chalk full of humor and practical knowledge for so many areas of life. Adulting is hard, and I want to hide in my blanket fort and color. Before you go and hide in your blanket fort, pick up this book at the bookstore and take it with you.
The Power of Ted by David Emerald was a book I picked up based on a recommendation from a coworker who said it would benefit me as a small business owner and in life overall. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but it wasn’t an ending that I expected and it blew my mind. The author fit all the puzzle pieces together at the end and when the picture came into focus, it was like a lightbulb went on in my brain. Definitely add this to your book collection. I devoured this book in one sitting.
Anna Kendrick’s memoir “Scrappy Little Nobody” is also a favorite book of mine and not just because I adore Anna Kendrick. I loved watching Anna Kendrick in the movie adaptation of “Into the Woods” and “The Last 5 Years” with Jeremy Jordan as well as her Pitch Perfect movies. Just a perfect balance of humor, conversation, and memoir. Plain and simple.
Whew – lets take a break here! I want to keep going and share all of my favorite books, but I want to leave you in suspense. My boyfriend bought me a bookshelf, and I am so excited to set it all up on Thursday when it arrives in the mail!
Comment below with your favorite books and if you have read any of my favorite books!! Recommend a book(s) that I should read too!!! I post pictures of all the books I read on Instagram – so join me on Instagram or Goodreads if you want to keep up with what I am reading.
-The Dramatic Ginger