Favorite Books Lately

Friday, November 28, 2014

Some leisurely reads from this year that really got me goin'. In no particular order:

Shopgirl: A Novella by Steve Martin
       I was overwhelmingly and pleasantly surprised by Steve Martin (who we all commonly know as an on-screen funny man) and his ability to create and empathize with someone so obviously divergent from himself: a young, modest, soft-spoken woman working at the Neiman's couture glove department in Beverly Hills. The book is unassuming and melancholy at times, with only a few softly placed waves of glamour or lustiness, which is essentially reflective of the main character's own life & feelings. A quick and entertaining, yet unpretentious read.

Mrs. Kennedy & Me by Clint Hill
       A lovely memoir about a Special Agent who was (initially) disappointed in learning he would not be protecting the President himself, but, instead, his First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. What starts as a man's seemingly disheartening & easy assignment, essentially watching over a well-kept equestrienne, becomes a heartwarming journey about platonic love, admiration, and more surprising than not: hard work.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
       I read this book during a big turning point in my life, where I was questioning if I was making the right choices to get where I really wanted to be. Where did I want to be? If I hint at the metaphor of this book, I will essentially ruin the plot, but I will say, it helped shape my positive outlook on life and gave me confidence in a period where I was doubting my path in life. I will probably read again when I feel it is needed.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
       If you're looking for a strong, linear plot to follow, I would not go to Hemingway to find it. This book is a lot of fun though, yes, in that you virtually feel like you are always at a party or a cafe with friends. You are simply immersed in Hemingway's thoughts, conversation, and whimsy, in some of Europe's most booming cities. Hemingway writes too much about some things and too little about others, but that's usually what makes his novels charming! He's got a minimalist's take on the most extravagant of situations.

       What are some of your favorite books as of late? 


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  2. I love "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games"

  3. A Moveable Feast is one of my all-time favorites! Right now, I'm enjoying "Just Kids" by Patti Smith (a memoir) and rereading Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."

  4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami has got to be one of my all time faves. It resonated with me in a way I never thought possible.

  5. My favourite book is Polish book written by Polish autor: "Zabłądziłam" - in English "I lost my way". Great book with many twist :-) Have a nice day Dayna :D

  6. Unbearable Lightness-Portia de Rossi, The Opposite of Loneliness-Marina Keegan, Tiny Beautiful Things-Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth is Missing-Emma Healey

  7. I fell in love with "The Great Gatsby" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's style of writing. I then recently found a book "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" which is initially a book about F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, it is from her point of view and it paints a spectacular picture of their glamorous (at times, rough) life together. Both are beautiful reads. Hemingway makes his appearance quite a few times in the novel as well.

  8. You have to read The Outlander Series. It really is amazing. They even started a tv show series for it. =) it focuses on 20th century nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the very sexayy James Fraser. And I am a big fan of European History and these books are full of it =)

  9. If you like Arthurian legends, The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf is an incredible read. George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is amazing as well, he's a brilliant writer which makes it so easy to immerse yourself into that world and see the characters, who are so real. I've also been going through a bit of an Agatha Christie phase, she is an absolute genius and her books blow my mind every time!! The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is a life changing book and quite small, definitely worth checking out. If you look into any of these, I hope you enjoy them!!

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  11. I would like to know how you write so well! is it reading that has helped you?pr?

    1. I got my degree in History, which required tons of reading and writing. I think that is probably it! Thank you for thinking so :)




By Dayna Frazer