What I've Read

What I’ve Read–Winter 2019

Happy Monday to you! Like so many others, I’ve made it one of my goals to find time to read more books. I love to read–it gives me some much needed quiet time and also, it’s setting a great example for my daughter to pick up a book and read a chapter book of her own.

I’ve got to be honest–during the months of October through the Christmas season, I can’t even think about reading! I’m usually watching Christmas classics and trying to keep up with all the holiday movies on The Hallmark Channel.

But anyway…these are the three books I’ve read so far. Let’s begin, shall we?

“Fifth Avenue, 5 AM || Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Dawn of the Modern Woman” by Sam Wasson

“Fifth Avenue, 5 AM || Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Dawn of the Modern Woman” by Sam Wasson is my newest read. I’m about half way through it and so far, it’s been hard to put down! It tells the story of how the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” came to be–all the hoops that needed to be jumped through to make it happen–everything from adapting Truman Capote’s not-so-PG novella into a major motion picture, finding the right team of people to direct, produce, make the music, fashions of the film and of course–the cast. It’s a fun read and a must have for anyone who loves Audrey Hepburn and of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

Speaking of which…last night I wanted this fun little documentary on Amazon Prime called “Crazy About Tiffany’s”. Being as though I’ve been reading the book mentioned above, I was in the mood to watch it. Again, if you love Tiffany’s–the movie, the jewelry etc… You need to watch this. While this isn’t a book, I had to mention this program as it goes hand in hand with my current read.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I started this book back in October but as mentioned above, I got distracted by all the holiday movies on TV. I didn’t get very far into it before putting Gatsby back on the shelf for a brief hiatus. I picked it up after New Years and literally could not put it down. I held off on reading Gatsby for so long because I had seen both movies (1974 & 2013) and I wasn’t sure if the book would live up to the hype of the films. I don’t know why I had any doubt–it was a fantastic read. Truthfully I walked away from the book resenting Daisy more so than from either film. I was moved by this book and my heart broke for Jay Gatsby…

“Small Pleasures To Save Your Life” by Maeve Haran

This book was published by the Hay House so I knew it was going to be good. It’s a collection of life’s pleasures–a “stop and smell the roses ” sort of book. Everything from appreciating warm towels, a cup of tea, crisp white sheets and good bread, it’s a book that to me, symbolizes that I need to do my best to be more present and enjoy life’s simple little luxuries. This is a book you can flip through again and again.

So that’s what I’ve read thus far! I imagine I’ll work on making this into a little seasonal series of what books I’ve read/ are currently reading. I have an unending list of books that I want to read and favorite books that I’d like to re-visit so I’ll see you next month for a SPRING edition of What I’ve Read.


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