Reading Lately #5

currently reading books

I feel like it took me while to get to this post…I read a few books that took me way longer to read than expected! It’s getting close to the end of the year which means I need to get going to reach my reading goal. Here we have the latest crop of books I’ve read. Hopefully this post can inspire you to read more or find some new books to add to your list!

sheltering sky paul bowles

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Feels like an eternity ago that I read this book, so let’s see if I can remember it. The Sheltering Sky is one of those books I heard about a long time ago (I think on an episode of This American Life) and I added it to my “To Read” list, but didn’t get to it right away. I found a copy at my local used book store. This is the story of a man, his wife, and their friend traveling through Africa. It was okay, I think if you’re really into literature it’s worth a read, but it is by no means a quick, simple read. There are themes of love, friendship, alienation, life….ect. It’s the kind of book you love or you don’t get. I’m still not sure where I fall.

beauty lauren conrad

Beauty by Lauren Conrad

I did a full post about Beauty because this is a beauty blog after all! I wanted to read a few of the popular beauty guides that are out there, and I’ve always loved Lauren Conrad so I picked this one up (also from a used book store). This is a great beginners guide to make up and hair, but isn’t really necessary if you’re someone who already knows about the put make up on. It would make a great gift for a teenager just getting into make up.

the goldfinch donna tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I’m a little behind in my reading goal, and I blame The Goldfinch. It took me forever to read this! It’s 771 pages….that’s for sure the longest book I’ve ever read. Luckily, author Donna Tartt kept me interested the whole time. Here we have the story of a young boy who loses his mother in a terrorist attack on the Met Museum (Ahh!). We follow him through high school and into adulthood where he clearly has never gotten over the death of his mother and is terrible at dealing with it. ‘The Goldfinch’ refers to a small painting of a goldfinch he takes after the bombing at the museum. I felt very engrossed in the story at some parts, but felt like it did drag on a bit. Some passages could definitely have been edited out. I’d definitely recommend the story just get reading to be reading it for a month.

deluxe by dana thomas

Deluxe by Dana Thomas

I don’t really mention it, but I actually work in a library. When books are getting old, and just aren’t popular reads anymore we get rid of them to make room for new books. The book Deluxe was one of those books. This is a non-fiction book about the truth behind the luxury fashion industry. While the book is a bit out of date (2007, right before the stock market crash) and has a number of grammatical errors, I’ve learned SO much from it. The moral of the story? Don’t buy luxury goods. They are cheaply made, a huge rip off, and you’re just buying into exactly what these big businesses want you to do. Plus so much more.

7 more books till I hit my reading goal for the year. Let’s hope I can do it!

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18 thoughts on “Reading Lately #5

  1. This is such an amazing post! I really love your blog so much and in turn cannot stop reading all of your posts. Please don’t ever stop writing them because I love your posts too much!

  2. I follow you on Goodreads, Tess, and I’m impressed that you read even more than I do. But now that I know you work in a library, you have the edge on me, lol. Some of the women in my book group read The Goldfinch and liked it a lot but the length of the book has put me off of it by now, but I know I will read it at some point especially since I lived in NYC, studied art history, and have spent many, many hours at the Met. Good to know that tho’ I can’t afford luxury goods any more, I’m not missing out on much though some luxury pieces I have either bought or received in years gone by do last a lot longer than the stuff made in China that I now own, lol. Have you read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante? I just finished reading all 4 novels in the series about an unusual friendship between two women in Naples Italy over a 60 year span. Very engrossing.

  3. I’ll definitely check out some of these, especially Deluxe and The Goldfinch. I have been on the fence about luxury products for a while now. On the one hand, some of them have lasted longer for me. On the other hand, I sometimes find myself unable to justify paying that much for a handbag when I can get equally good quality for a better (but not too cheap) price.

  4. I used to be such a reader….but these days I don’t make it through books like I used to. That Beauty book seems neat, tho! I’ve never ready any type of beauty book….I should probably fix that problem someday soon! 🙂

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