Back in my Rory Gilmore days, I used to take a book with me everywhere I went. You know, it was just a habit. But books get heavy and sometimes old habits just…die. I still love reading books but to a much more sustainable extent. Do I keep buying books I never actually get around to reading? Yes. Will I ever stop doing that? Well, see, some habits just die hard.
I used to play this game with my sister where I would just ask her a bunch of random questions as if we were on a tv show. They were genuinely the silliest questions and it used to annoy her to no end, but I always saw it more as a social skills exercise. Asking her things like what are your three favourite pizza toppings? the best movie of all time? three places you would like to live? were just preparing her to be a great conversationalist and nail party tricks. She never thanked me for it, but here’s a little tip for you: asking people a few of their favourite books is an excellent conversation starter and you’re likely to leave with an exciting list of new books to read. Nerdy friends are the best friends.
Here are three wonderful books I’ve read recently – and I’d love to hear yours!
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I read Rooney’s Normal People a few months ago and I was absolutely obsessed with the book. I devoured it and it entirely consumed me for weeks. I didn’t expect Conversations with Friends to have the same effect on me, and although I didn’t go through it with the same intensity, it rapidly became an obsession to me as well and I couldn’t put it down. There’s something about the way she writes about normal relationships that feels so real, so incredibly normal and relatable and special, that it just feels like you’re reading your own life story at times. It’s eerily fascinating. Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange—and then painful—intimacy.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
For the food obsessed, wannabe chef that I am this book was absolutely devine. Nosrat’s writing voice is warm and welcoming and full of wisdom. I have tons of cookbooks but this one actually got me sitting down reading every page, completely mesmerised. I love getting to know the science behind cooking and understanding how ingredients work. If you’re remotely interested about food and cooking this book will blow your mind. A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared Americas next great cooking teacher by Alice Waters.
Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein
I do enjoy reading self-help books from time to time and after hearing so much about this one I finally picked it up. Bernstein has some great guided meditations and techniques, and she’s very insightful. I really like how she teaches about patience and confidence when pursuing your goals while being certain of the outcome. It feels so peaceful to read so much about the power of gratitude, faith, and dreams, specially when the world seems to be getting so dark. This book is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. You’ll learn how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that can elevate everyone around you. After reading this book, you will know how to fulfill your function: to be a force of love in the world.
What are a few of your favorite books?