What's On My Bookshelf

Since I first learned to read, I've been obsessed with reading as much as I possibly can. My former childhood book obsessions included A Series of Unfortunate Events, Nancy Drew, and everything Judy Blume. While my tastes have certainly evolved, my love for reading has remained the same. Currently on my bookshelf, I have a collection of already-read, to-read, and can't-stop-readings. Here's what's on my bookshelf this month!

1. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

This book will change you in the best way. One of two books I've read in its entirety on my bookshelf-- I can't even put into words how much I LOVED this book. I read this for the first time the summer before college started, and have re-read it twice since! Meg Wolitzer has written many incredible books including the Uncoupling, but this takes the cake for me as the most meaningful, poignant story. Largely centering around experiences of womanhood and ambition, this book is important for everyone to read but especially women who are coming of age in today's world. Don't think twice- read this book!

2. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas.

As many of my loved ones know, I am a shameless self-professed Francophile. I've taken French in some capacity since my 6th grade year. While my summer study abroad plans have been canceled due to COVID-19, this book helps inspire and enchant in ways comme les rues du Paris. If you want to embrace French style and French ways of living in your life, this is a wonderful book. I found it so interesting to compare the differences in culture, expectations and lifestyle from the perspective of four French women.

3. Everybody Always by Bob Goff

This. Book. Y'all. The second book by Bob Goff, this is ~almost~ as amazing as his first book, Love Does. A Christian lawyer, professor, philanthropist and Ugandan ambassador, Bob Goff has one of the most interesting stories you will read. This is a feel-good book that inspires kindness, love, and empathy for those around you (something our world really needs a lot more of right now).

4. My Life in France by Julia Child

This to-read on my bookshelf was inspired by finally watching the film Julie and Julia, centering around the life and cooking of the incredible Julia Child. In keeping with the French theme, I'm excited to escape to charming boulevards and Jardins of France through her narration- and maybe learn a little more about cooking, too!

5. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Reese Witherspoon recommended this book through her book club. While I haven't started it yet, the premise of the millennial social outcast falling for someone who is unattainable captured my attention.

I hope that you decide to pick up one of these books and get to reading! If you have any must-reads, please comment them below :)

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