I am the first to admit and claim my status as a book worm. Rarely do I go anywhere without one of my bounded bundles of adventure and intrigue. Over the summer I worked on a few different books, and I am starting and finishing a few during my mini vacation as I readjust back in Chicago from my work in Israel. Books are the ultimate way for me to relax and step into a different world every time I pick up my current read. I even keep a backup book if I need a break from my main read; I can have a bit of impatience when reading. Changing it up sometimes allows me to go through the storyline better by switching, and then getting excited again to continue. Books help me improve my vocabulary, imagination, and way of thinking about different topics.
Most recently, I have been reading several different genres from nonfiction, fiction, to classic reads. Here are some of my recommendations and a brief review. Have any good books that you read lately? Recommend them in the comments!
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, writes about her experiences in life, in the work place, and as a woman. She tells experiences of success, failure, and many moments of understanding and standing up for who you are. It would teach anyone, not just women, how to empower one another and be successful in many aspects of life. A true example of how writing can influence the way we live and who we aspire to be.
How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
- Part of me has already moved into my European flat and pretends to go outside each morning to walk down cobblestoned streets and be surrounded by little cafes and shops that are just too perfect to be true. Yet in Paris, it is true and it is life. This read talks about the feminine and classic Parisienne woman. Her triumphs and flaws, although a French woman would never let them show. The Parisienne has a life that is busy from dawn till dusk yet she makes it seem effortless. Now if only I can create that perfect capsule wardrobe and speak French 24/7, yet this is the book that will help me do so.
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- A short read, yet probably the most important on this list for anyone who is looking to learn more about empowering women and the rest of the world. Adichie gives her thoughts and ideas about how we empower one anther. From young girls to the beautifully aged women of the world, we deserve to have this presence and respect, and when something or someone falls short of it then that is the time to stand up. She gives wonderful, personal examples of the times where she did the same, and she teaches us to continue being strong and never settling for something less than what we deserve.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Taking place in a small town not too far from Paris during the start of World War II, the story starts with two sisters who are complete opposites of each other. As wartime progresses the sisters grow apart and do their own anecdotes every other chapter. Full of adventure and suspense, it is interesting to see each’s experience and how they ultimately need each other in the end to get through one of the most tragic times in history.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- A similar setting to The Nightingale, taking place in World War II, it takes the reader through a young girl’s experience as she looses her sight during wartime and how she learns to venture off on her own when her town is destroyed. She meets up with a young boy and together they have quite the adventure to get them to safety while navigating with limited senses.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- I am just getting into this book, yet it is about a woman, Mrs. Dalloway, who just wants more from her life. She is tired of being a “traditional” woman, which in this time period involves a lot of house work and next to no adventure. She changes that, and starts to be more of who she really is.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Probably one of my favorite classic reads, an adventure in love between Elizabeth and the infamous Mr. Darcy. It will make you want to cringe then cry, yet in the end well, I won’t spoil it, but I think it is definitely worth the rollercoaster of a read.