We love magazines and style books with pictures, but for long flights and for getting really cozy at home over a long weekend or a long afternoon, we like to plunge into a book that steals all of our attention and focus. We can sit ourselves down in a favorite chair and just indulge in a book that makes us laugh, makes us see things differently, or is just a great story. Jump below to see some of our favorite books from recent travels and long weekends and please add yours to the comments, we're always looking for new books to enjoy.
[Image from nbklx17 flickr, not a bad collection there either, huh?
For a while we were good about going to the library every week and checking out new books. Admittedly we've gotten a bit lazy recently but with the holidays coming up it's time to start the habit up again!
It's hard to edit a list down to 10 so this is definitely incomplete, but a good start and hopefully you'll share what you've been getting into!
• Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. This is an all time classic and most of you have probably read it. But if you haven't, or it's been a while, this book made me laugh uncontrollably on a flight.
• The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrota. From the same author as Little Children, Tom Perrota has a real gift for describing the interior lives of his characters making them feel incredibly real.
• What is the What by Dave Eggers. I'm a big fan of Dave Eggers but this book was the most heartbreaking and definitely highlighted for me how lucky we are to live the lives we do.
• Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida. A great coming of age book for women that shows a different kind of narrative that doesn't rely on identity being tied to wifedom or motherhood.
• The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. This is another one that many of you may have already read, but it's such a great book about how information gets spread that I read it on a layover after buying it at the airport bookstore.
• What Happy People Know by Dan Baker. It's sort of self help-y and also just a look at how people can cultivate happiness, dispelling myths and providing some tools.
• The Wonder Spot by Melissa Banks. She wrote the Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing but I think this book is much better. Another coming of age kind of book with a great main character that had me sucked in right away.
• Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. If you're a fan of seeing how our world is connected (and through economics!) this is a really fascinating and fun read. It's broken down into chapters that you could read out of order, sort of like short stories...
• I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. Just an absolute classic as far as I'm concerned.
• The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman. A funny book by a guy that might look familiar to you if you see his picture.
What books are you reading these days? Any recommendations?