Recent Reads Vol. 10 (+ Books For You!)

I only have two books to report on this month, because reading has not been my priority lately. (What has, you ask? Mainly Seinfeld on Hulu, if I'm totally honest.) Still, I wanted to come to the Show Us Your Books party and share these two reviews, plus a couple of books I want to give away.
Life According to Steph

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I attempted to read this book some years ago—I assume on someone's recommendation, because I have no idea how I got the copy I've apparently owned forever and I know I didn't buy it. It didn't take the first time. After I read and loved and felt incredibly indebted to Big Magic, I decided to give it another shot because of how much BM made me respect and admire Elizabeth Gilbert. I blame the length of time it took me to read this one on my own laziness, not on the book itself. I love that I waited until some of the book's important features (including the 108 passages it's comprised of) made sense to me in my own life, thanks to my own spiritual journey of recent years.

Recommend? — If it sounds like something you'll like, you probably will. If it doesn't, you won't miss it.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by  Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
I was on the wait list for this from my library for a while but luckily got a hold of the audiobook. I devoured it. I've admired Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for years, but there was so much I still didn't know about not just her work but her personal history and the context surrounding her rise to the bench. You all know I'm a feminist (right?) but I do believe this is a must-read for any modern woman and man. There is so much about the wave of feminism that RBG slogged through and used to tear down injustice that you don't learn anywhere else but for an exploration of the intricacies of these cases. RBG is not only a bright and sharp legal mind, but a whip-smart strategist and champion of equality our generation owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to. It's a short audiobook, so do yourself the favor.

Recommend? — I really think everyone should learn more about this amazing lady. Go for it!

Oh, hey, attention down here: FREE(ish) BOOKS! I'm clearing off my shelves and I have a couple of books to give away. If you want any of the titles below, they're yours for the few bucks in shipping. Let me know!

The Color of Water, James McBride
Summer, Edith Wharton
Bodega Dreams, Ernesto Quinonez
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, James Patterson
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Jorge Amada
My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Handler
Atonement, Ian McEwan
The Summer We Read Gatsby, Danielle Ganek
Dom Casmurro, Machado de Assis
BUMPED and THUMPED, Megan McCafferty
Emily Post on Entertaining, Elizabeth L. Post
A History of Philosophy: Late Mediaeval and Renaissance Philosophy, Frederick Copleston (I honestly have no idea how I came to own this...)
Summer, Edith Wharton

Linking up with Steph and Jana. What have you been reading?


  1. I read Eat Pray Love when it came out and I got bored by the time I got to the middle of it. Perhaps I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I tried to read it (which happens to me a lot). It's how I skipped over some fantastic books (A Fine Balance, Life of Pi, The Book Thief etc) and when I actually did get around to reading said fantastic books, I kicked myself for not reading them sooner.

    I bet if I tried reading EPL again, I'd like it, considering where I am in my life now.

  2. I have no interest in reading Eat Pray Love. I've never been attracted to that book for some reason. I have no interest in seeing the movie, either.

    RBG. I read and reviewed and discussed on the podcast. She's the ultimate pioneering badass woman.

    I love that you're giving away your books. That's just awesome.

  3. I really need to read RBG! I'm seeing great things about it all over.

  4. I liked eat pray love when I read it years ago. Mainly because unlike a lot of folks I actually like to read about travel.

    Also... look who showed up today hehe

  5. Jana and I tend to have similar taste in books and apparently, we feel similarly about Eat, Pray Love. One of my friends loves it so much that it's her go to gift for people, but I'm not interested. I need to go see where I am on the library hold list for Notorious RBG - everyone's recs are making me antsy to get into it!

  6. I'll need to borrow Notorious RBG obviously! I think EPL is one of those that you love or hate. For me, I was continents away from the person I am now, so at the time I think it was something my soul needed to read.

  7. I remember loving Eat, Pray, Love. And I REALLY have to read RBG. Just have too.

  8. Eat, Pray, Love has always been on my to read list, but somehow I've never felt up to reading it

  9. I found EPL lady whiny and annoying after Eat. I'm impatient with people working through a process sometimes.

    RBG is so fierce, and such a champion of equality. Equality is better for ALL of us, not just those of us who are not currently equal.

  10. I feel like everyone has read RBG this month and I feel like perhaps I need to as well!

  11. i know a lot of people didn't like eat pray love but i remember absolutely adoring it.. that being said, i read it in 2011, right before i moved overseas to live in the same city as the guy that broke up with me. haha. so i felt like it was the perfect book at the perfect time.
    RBG is definitely on my list, can't wait to get it from the library. i love that you're giving away books, i'd totally be down for that except none of them sound like my cup of tea haha. but still, cool thing to do!

  12. I love that you're giving away your books!! Great idea :)

  13. I've only ever seen EPL, but based on the movie, the book probably wouldn't be my cup of tea.

    I will totally take My Horizontal Life off your hands! I'd offer a book trade, but all the books I don't keep I donate to my local library.

  14. I couldn't get into Eat Pray Love. I picked it up when it came out and I think I stopped about 100 or so pages in...

  15. I just didn't enjoy Eat Pray Love when I read it a few years ago. I read it all, but it didn't really speak to me.

  16. I loved Big Magic too, but have never read Eat Pray Love, although I have blog called Eat Laugh Purr. :) I need to read the Notorious RBG because I admire the hell out that woman and am so grateful to have her on the Supreme Court.

  17. With all the glowing endorsements of RBG, I definitely want to read the book.
    You are the second blogger that has mentioned being distracted by Seinfeld. I think that's hilarious!

  18. I still need to read Big Magic one of these days and have never really been interested in Eat, Pray, Love, but I totally know what you mean about sometimes going back to a book at a different time and liking it or appreciating it more. RBG is on my list- I've heard so many good things!


Post a Comment

I'd love to hear from you. Please make sure your settings let me reply to your comment by email.