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5 Must Read Fall Books

5 must read fall books the hearts delight stella compisenoIf you’re anything like me, you get on reading kicks where you tear through books with serious voracity. That “to-read” list gets crushed in a matter of weeks (or days in my case). After this manic reading phase is over a literary dormancy begins. That dormant phase lasts typically 3-6 months until the next “kick” actually kicks in, or until I feel like my brain is total mush from reading one too many US Weekly issues.

Currently, I’m at the tail end of a reading kick that started while on vacation.  Long distance flights are seriously the best for just unplugging and turning your attention away from life and into a great book. As I wrapped up my second book on the flight home, I started planning out what my next reads would be- something I thought you guys may be interested in hearing about.  With so many great books out there it can get a bit overwhelming and difficult to choose, so I always like to rely on recommendations to find my next “favorite” book. Hopefully, you’ll find a new favorite below.

What I’ve Read:

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

What can I say, I’m a total xenophile when it comes to the French! This was such a quick and fun read.  I loved the “life” insights from four very different accomplished and successful Parisian women who definitely don’t candy coat anything! Good or bad, apparently “Parisiennes” tell it like it is. They also make a mean roast chicken.

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

This book is based on an 1960’s personal essay “Goodbye To All That” written by award winning writer, Joan Didion. It’s a compilation of 28 writers’ experiences of loving and leaving New York City. Can you tell why this appealed to me? Like an old fashioned love story, each essay begins with flirtation and trepidation and escalates into full blown, red-hot romance. Like true life, this romance doesn’t always come with a happy ending. Although, sometimes it does. You’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself!

What I’m Reading:

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Part memoir, part medical mystery and mostly an insightful look into the dark and unpredictable world of mental illness, I cannot wait to get through this book. The author has such a strong narrative which is especially amazing, considering she really had no recollection of her “Month of Madness.” Through her own detailed research and her parents’ journals she was able to piece together an amazing survival story. Don’t worry, this one has a happy ending.

What I’m Planning to Read:

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's

Lena Dunham cracks me up. That’s basically why I want to read this… well, that and the fact that she is an amazing storyteller. She has the ability to make even the most mundane of things abnormally entertaining. Hello, “Girls?!”

Yes Please

Speaking of funny ladies, Amy Poehler is a woman at the top of her league. I think Amy would be the kind of friend that even if you have a giant piece of spinach stuck in your teeth as you gave an important presentation in front of a room of senior executives, she’d make you laugh so hard at yourself and the situation, that the dental faux-pas would be long forgotten. Everyone needs a friend like that.

It’s no Oprah’s Book Club, but I think this list is perfect for some cold weather, get under a blanket with a glass of red wine, quality “me” time!

What are some of YOUR favorite reads lately?

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