Friday Favorites—Books to Read

I love to read. Being transported to a different time, place, to a different life all through the pages of a book is what made them so appealing to me as a child. I felt like I could escape from whatever situation I was in currently and be someone completely new within the pages of a book. As an adult I still love the escape of reading and have piles of books everywhere that are on my list. Here’s the short list of my books to read pile on this episode of Friday Favorites!

My books to read pile-- Americanah, Don't Worry It Gets Worse, This Side of Paradise, and Leading Women



Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimanada Adichie is on my to-read pile

If you haven’t read anything by Adichie let me be the first to tell you that you are missing out on such an incredible author. I was introduced to Adichie’s writing in a class in college and have since loved following her work. Americanah was published in 2013 so I’m probably behind the times in finally getting around to reading this book, but that’s fine!

Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent

Don't Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent is also on my to-read pile

In my pinning adventures over on Pintrest I came across a list of books everyone in their twenties should read and Nugent’s book was on it! I pretty frequently feel as though I’m failing at adulting right now (hello unemployment) so I was hoping I’d feel a little better about myself after reading Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse. I’ll keep you posted on how Nugent’s book makes me feel about my own personal perceived failings.

Nugent’s books came out of her first blog Frenemies which is now retired, but you can check out her new blog Your Best Worst Friend here!

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a must read in my pile

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Rachel, a Fitzgerald novel. That’s a real departure from the other two books you’ve listed.” Or, “Rachel, I haven’t read anything by Fitzgerald since I was forced to in high school English.”

Well, friends, I’m here to tell you that Fitzgerald (and Hemingway) are two of my favorite authors. Period. End of Story.

I adore the extravagance in the prose, the settings, and the emotions of the characters. There is something that just draws me in about Fitzgerald’s writing. If you haven’t given him a try since high school, I implore you to please, pick up his work sometime. I think you’ll like it.

Leading Women by Nancy D. O’Reilly, PSYD

Leading Women to help prepare me for the workplace again soon

Again, I can here you saying “Rachel, what a departure, again. Now we’re reading non-fiction?” Yes. I like to read a little bit of everything—fiction, non-fiction, mystery, thriller, self-help, the whole nine yards.

I’m interested in Leading Women as a professional development book. If you’ve been following the blog you know I’m unemployed and I’m trying to find ways to use this time to be productive towards my career besides just mindlessly applying for jobs.

I’ve been working on creating a list of career-minded books to throw in with my intense amount of fiction reading. Might as well learn something from my reading too!

O’Reilly’s book has stories from influential women who are sharing their secrets. Who doesn’t want secrets from some of the most influential women???

Friday Favorites My To-Read Pile

Well there you have it folks! Those are just four of the many books I’ve got queued up for reading! I’ve got a virtual books to read pile board over on Pintrest which you can check out here. Make sure to give me a follow while you’re there as well!

Do you have a favorite book? Drop it in the comments so I can add it to my list as well! I’m always looking for those new ideas!

In my own world,

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