One of my new year’s resolutions was to do more of what makes me happy. I was stuck in the rut of waking up every morning, going to work, coming home, making dinner and being too exhausted to do all the things that I used to love. I wasn’t reading and I wasn’t learning and I wanted this to change; so I made the commitment to try to read a new book every two weeks. By replacing screen time with book time before bed I have been able to read much more and feel like a happier more knowledgeable human. I wanted to share the books that have been on my bookshelf since the new year and maybe inspire someone else to crack the spine of a new book.

In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art- Sue Roe
This is a little book that I am currently working my way through; I picked it up at the Phillips Collection this past Saturday after seeing an exhibition of the artwork of Toulouse-Lautrec (a blog post about this to come). The author weaves the history in a way that make you feel like you are sitting at Le Chat Noir right next to Picasso. I highly recommend this book if you love art, Paris, or just want to learn something new.

A Year of Living Danishly- Helen Russell
If you want a book that turns how you view work life balance upside down- then read this book. The author writes with humorous voice that had me laughing out loud as I read. The book follows a British expat who moves to Jutland, Denmark for a year and writes her experiences with the much slower pace of life, new culture and Danish pastries. This book made me think about my own life and how much pressure Americans put on work life rather than personal life.

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded- Jon Savage
I was a history minor in college and I am fascinated with pop culture- so this book was a natural choice for me. The book examines how pop culture affected music and vice versa; Savage looks at well known artists like The Who and The Rolling Stones and explains how 1966 was a revolutionary year for both music and culture. This is a very long book (sitting at 620 pages) but was enjoyable and easy to breakdown by chapter. I highly recommend reading it with Spotify easily accessible because you will want to listen to all the songs that Savage describes.

The Girls-Emma Cline
I am guilty of loving any book set in the 60’s or 70’s and this is book is no exception. I started reading this when I still lived in England and just recently finished. The story tells the downward spiral that lead the main character into joining a Manson-esque cult. The book is an emotional rollercoaster and gives a unique insight into the time. This is a good easy to read book for spring break or when you don’t want to have to think too hard.

Are you reading any good books? I would love some new suggestions for the spring!


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