Thursday, April 9, 2015

Read. It's good for you.


I don't read books on a kindle. I actually read the physical books. I like the smell of them. The feel of the crisp pages on your fingertips. The gratification of turning a page and reaching a new chapter. And recently I found color-coding my little collection highly satisfying. I blame Pinterest.

Recently I was asked for suggestions for reading material. So, without further ado, here are a few books I've read and found amusing or interesting or funny or something I felt I could relate to in some form or another. From autobiographies to fiction to thrillers...here's what I recommend. 


1.

"IF YOU HAVE TO CRY, GO OUTSIDE. AND OTHER THINGS YOUR MOTHER NEVER TOLD YOU." 

BY KELLY CUTRONE

Over the past few years, a lot of fashion industry professionals have taken to the literary word to inspire and well, to tell us HOW they made it. They take us through the tough times. The ever-sensational tales from when they invariably interned for this designer or that PR company. And finally finish with the wisdom that all their years of experience have taught them.

I've read a few of these types of books...well, some I've read and others I gave up on mid-way. But one has stuck out. Struck a chord. And that would be Cutrone's infamous, "If You Have To Cry Go Outside and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You." 

After I read this book I found myself inspired by her advice. I think it was after reading Cutrone's sage and blunt words that I got into blogging full-time. Her stories are true and her memories of life before she was the dreaded leader of People's Rev are insightful. Basically she worked fucking hard but also had some great luck with the people she met and worked for. Kelly Cutrone is known for telling it how it is and she makes no exemptions with her book. She doesn't ramble. You don't get bored (as I found myself doing with other books in this genre). What I gathered from this book: Success doesn't come easy and it's something you constantly strive for. And it's not going to be easy. You're going to have to give up things. And keep the tears at bay when the world seems like it's caving in on you. Cutrone easily feeds your drive with her hard, go-getter attitude.

If the fashion industry makes your world go round. Read this. You won't regret it. It's been a few years, but I might just read this one again. Because it's worth it.


2.

"SMART WOMEN"

BY JUDY BLUME

Such an oldie but such a goodie....and maybe I say that because I read it while I was busting through a divorce?? I dunno. But what I do know, divorcee or not, this is a great read. It was juicy. It was hectic. It was scandalous. And I couldn't put it down. And I didn't put it down till I finished it. I mean this is a Judy Blume novel we're talking about. Anyone getting a sense of nostalgia? Or are you wigging out because you've realized that you have to be of a certain age to remember Judy Blume books...lol...

"Smart Women" came into my life when I desperately needed a good distraction. Reading about another woman's trials and tribulations of the heart (albeit fictional) gave me some conviction in my own matters of the heart.


3.

"REVERSAL OF FORTUNE"

BY ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ

So, once upon a time, I was going to school to become a laaaaaw-yer! Crazy right? As a criminal justice major I read anything from A Civil Action to the adventures of Bonnie & Clyde. But one book really grabbed my full attention. Think what you want of the infamous attorney Alan Dershowitz...he's currently been in some unfavorable news. But ever the legal mind, Dershowitz is just as adamant of his own innocence as he was of the innocence of client Claus Von Bulow in the book, "Reversal of Fortune"


By the way, this legal madness was made into a movie starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. Crazy movie, but as always the book grabs your mind and takes it for a ride. Did he do it or did he not do it? That is the ultimate question. "Reversal of Fortune" is based on the true-life tale of the mysterious circumstances that surrounded the death of British heiress & socialite Sunny Von Bulow. This was an excellent read, if you're into real crime.


4.

"DRINKING & TWEETING AND OTHER BRANDI BLUNDERS"

BY BRANDI GLANVILLE

Don't judge a book by its cover...or it's author? So, this may seem like a random choice. What can I say? I'm a die-hard fan of Bravo's Real Housewives brand. It's sickeningly delightful; Beverly Hills and New York City being my favorites....okay, so anyway. Brandi Glanville. She's an odd choice for me admittedly. But her book surprised me. It was almost as if she was talking to you, like a girlfriend, confiding all the happy, sad and just down-right tough times she went through...if you don't know what I'm referring to you're probably not into pop culture and this book would have little interest to you...lol...but for those who know this completely useless information (as I do) Brandi walks us through her highly-publicized divorce from some dude not worth naming. The only reason this was "highly-publicized" was because he left her for country crooner Leann Rimes. Oh brother.

I really liked this book. WHY?? Because it seriously made me laugh. Brandi uses unapologetic comedy to relieve her stress and anxiety and the crazy things she says and does. Her immaturity is admittedly entertaining. And while at times it's a tad heart-breaking reading the tale of a wife, a mother scorned, she just makes you laugh. She "writes" how she talks, and I can appreciate that. It's an incredibly easy read. And funny! 

SIDE NOTE: I read, or at best I tried to read Carole Radziwill's book. Well, it's actually blog posts she kept during the filming of season 5 of the Real Housewives of New York City, compiled into a book form.....was this a bad idea?? My thoughts are unfortunately yes. Not sure what I expected but she's an accredited journalist and author so ummmm.....why was this so hard to read?! It fails to grab and hold your attention. It's dull. It's lifeless. I was bored and couldn't finish it. Please. don't. tell. her....lol...


5.

"THE COLLECTOR"

BY JOHN FOWLES

Basically. I was scared. No aliens or science fiction involved. No ghosts. And I think that's what irk'd me the most about this thriller. It happens in real life. A woman is stalked, kidnapped and held captive in her captor's home. But this tale is told from the perpetrator's view which makes it all the more chilling. 

If you like warm and fuzzy, then this is not for you. It's different. It's uncomfortable. It may cause some anxiety. But it's like a car crash. You want to look away, and you can't. So, you keep reading.


6.

"THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS"

BY GEORGIA DURANTE

True-life accounts of a girl who basically found herself in a world of shit being tied to the mob. Georgia Durante pens a suspenseful story of her life escaping everyone from her destructive and abusive husband to the mob and FBI. Her pretty face compelled her modeling career but it also concealed all the madness surrounding her.

I thought this was a wild ride. I think I had watched a documentary on tv at one time about Durante and it perked my interest enough to google her and buy her book. It's not a happy story but it's a true story.

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There you have it. If you're looking for something different to read, that's my small list for now. Let me know what you think! Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above? Discuss...

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