Book Report: July/August

Progress: 34/50

1. Styled by Emily Henderson
Emily Henderson is a queen and this book offers tons of unique, easy styling ideas that will help you restyle your home using the things you already own.

2. Inferno by Dan Brown
Say what you will about Dan Brown books, but I think they're great. The questionable art history is entertaining and the plots are always fast paced which is perfect for a summer read.

3. The Butler Speaks by Charles Macpherson
This was a wonderful book which teaches you how to implement techniques used by butlers into your own home and lifestyle.

4. Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson
I looked forward to looking through this book, but was kind of disappointed once I had the chance to do so. I thought it was a good introduction to healthy living and ayurveda for beginners but it was repetitive and honestly offered no new information to me.

5. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
I really enjoyed reading this quick little book about a girl who goes to live with her uncle, aunts, and eight boy cousins after her parents pass away. It was charming and warm and full of beautiful, descriptive writing.

6. The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
As I started reading this, I wasn't sure that I would like it so I vowed to read the first chapter and then decide if I was to proceed. The next thing I knew, I was 150 pages in so clearly the story is a compelling one. The plot follows three American women living in Hong Kong and traces the events that tie them together. I must note that the character Mercy is perhaps one of my most disliked characters as of late and that I found Margaret's story to be the most interesting.

7. Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style by Camille Styles
This was the absolute best entertaining book that I've ever read. I love Camille's blog and didn't even know she had a book until I stumbled upon it. She not only discusses how to plan and execute beautifully prepared parties, but also how to use the same philosophies in your everyday life. This will most certainly be a book that I purchase in the near future.

8. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoet
I picked this up on a whim at the library, never having actually read a graphic novel previously. This one was a dark fairy tale about a tiny princess in a big forest. The illustrations were beautiful but I wasn't overly impressed by the story line. 

9. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Believe the hype. This book was incredible. The story---about two girls growing up just outside of Naples, Italy in the mid-century---is simple, but so engaging. I often thought about the characters when I wasn't reading because Ferrante makes them feel like people you know. 

10. The Heir by Kiera Cass
I've read all of the other books in this series and they're all good choices for a lighthearted summer read.

11. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower
 I absolutely loved being able to read about the experiences and backgrounds of the individuals who make up the White House residence staff. This book also offered a new perspective on past presidents through the eyes of the people who worked closely to them.

12. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Always good, every single time.

13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I've been listening to some philosophy based Harry Potter podcasts which prompted me to start re-reading the books and re-watching all of the films.