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On My Nightstand

May 11th, 2012

I’m a little giddy about this month’s reading list since these are all books I’ve been dying to crack open. And since I have two west coast trips on the calendar between now and the end of the month, I should definitely be able to squeeze in some quality reading time. I’ve been really into pregnancy and parenting books the last few months (see March and April’s lists), so I’m actually trying to take a little breather and avoid getting a case of baby book burnout. This month’s list is really all about fun…

{1} Paris in Color is a total orgy of saturated hues in the City of Lights. It’s like the ultimate Monochromatic Monday come to life…and really, doesn’t looking at transportive images of Parisian life make any day better? I’m hoping this will be my needed summer escape, since a trip to Europe probably isn’t in my near future…

{2} Vanity Fair’s June issue will be saved for the plane ride on my trip to LA next week. Does anyone else sort of look forward to long flights, since it means uninterrupted reading time? Sometimes I pretend to not notice the in-flight wireless access so I don’t feel guilty for not doing something more productive. Oh, and the new issue has exclusive photos and interviews with Marilyn from 1962. Can’t wait to dive in.

{3} Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes is the latest cookbook from super-charming Sophie Dahl. I’ve been a fan of Dahl’s for a while now – her recipes strike the perfect balance of healthy and delicious, and I love the way she infuses each menu item with a personal story spiked with her inimitable British wit.

{4} The Happiness Project has been on my list for a while, since my little sister has already read it twice and insists it’s a must-read. In a nutshell, author Gretchen Rubin has an epiphany that life’s short, and she decides to devote a year of her life to finding out the true sources of happiness so she can prioritize accordingly. I’m totally fascinated to find out what she discovered…

I’ve spilled, now it’s your turn! Leave a comment and let me know what you’re currently reading (or any recent book you highly recommend!)

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  1. Danielle says:

    I just got the Happiness Project from the mommybites summit here in NYC last week, I’m looking forward to reading. Gretchen was the guest speaker, she was really funny and there was a lot of truth to what she told us! “Like know your bedtime” the way we know it’s our kids bedtime because some of us hardworking moms and in your case “soon to be moms” just don’t get enough sleep!
    Paris in Color is my mommy’s day gift request, I just tweeted last night that I had to unpack my bags from our last trip (weekend in V.A) for a while but that this vibrant color filled book will keep me dreaming. I also stumbled upon the authors blog, littlebrownpen, more reason to wanderlust. I’m also reading Bringing up Bebe and Paris My sweet is to follow because it’s all about my hometown NYC and Paris! Also a Fault in our stars is really good too! Happy reading!

  2. Kate says:

    Hi Camille, I’m intrigued to know what the Happiness Project is like – It’s on my ‘to read’ list too. I bought The Firestarter Sessions last week by Danielle La Porte – I’m finding it a really great book – very inspiring, I love Danielle’s writing style

  3. simone says:

    Love your choices, mine are so similar…I have “The Happiness Project” (loving it!) , Vanity Fair and Vogue UK….am ordering the Paris book & I love Sophie Dahl!!! We could be friends!!

    Have a great week-end!!

  4. Julie says:

    The Happiness Project is one of my all-time favorite books! Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Caryl Lyons says:

    Two of your books are on my nightstand too. Just did a post about it this morning. Another must read is Still Alice. About a woman who just turned 50 and is diagnosed with early onset alzheimers. Beautifully written and a wonderful read. Grab your tissue – the speech will have you in tears.

    • Camille Styles says:

      Ah, I’ve heard that one is so good! Wow, I bet it is sad… but probably helps you to never take your mind / health for granted. Adding that one to my June list!

  6. I finally got to finish The Hunger Games trilogy! I’ve been reading the classics and other fun reads in between. Just finished Moby Dick and now about to dive into A Fine Balance [which I've heard very good things about, but not a fan of the length and font size ha]!

  7. Bradley says:

    I’m currently on the last few pages of The Happiness Project. It’s so good! I think you’ll love it. I’m not surprised your little sister read it twice. It’s one of those books that really just opens your eyes. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  8. Rachel says:

    First of all, I’ve been following your blog for a while now and think you’re adorable. I’m a fellow Austinite and obsess over your gorgeous home/outdoor space with those views. One day…

    Books- The Happiness Project is great! You’ll find some good mommy advice too that I’m sure will help you to be aware of beforehand. It’s always easier to stay true to you and keep your individual spirit than to lose it and re-gain. Just a tidbit.

    I just started The Fire Starter Sessions, and could not put it down last night. http://www.daniellelaporte.com/the-fire-starter-sessions-danielle-laporte/

  9. I’ve read The Happiness Project & loved it! It’s a great read that you really can read over & over again. It puts life in perspective & has some great pieces of advice that I still try to follow years after reading it. Enjoy!

  10. Molly Perry says:

    The happiness project is my absolute favorite book- it will not disappoint!!

  11. Tricia says:

    Sophie Dahl is lovely. You are so right, her recipes are healthy and delicious at the same time plus they are easy to follow and duplicate.

  12. I read the Happiness Project last year with my book club and we all liked it. It’s pretty interesting and the amount of research she does on the subject of “happiness,” and then includes in the book, is really impressive. She’s also very candid, which I appreciated. Have fun reading it!

    ~Amberly

  13. Rachel says:

    I re-read The Happiness Project every year – it is incredible! I can’t wait to read Gretchen Rubin’s next book, Happier at Home.

  14. Erin says:

    I’m in the month of March of the Happiness Project and am hoping there is some sort of worksheet or app to help me measure my progress. It’s a worthwhile read for those of us who are always striving to improve yet enjoy. Recently finished The Art of Racing in the Rain for book club, as well as My Life in France (Julia Child) for my love of France and cooking. (love this recurring feature of your blog!)

  15. You’re going to LOVE The Happiness Project. It’s a great, well-researched read and totally inspiring.

  16. I love the Happiness Project website—so much good stuff. I just finished Diane Keaton’s autobiography, and it was wonderful. Need to get crackin’ on the next book, thanks for the ideas.

    xo Kim

  17. Charlotte says:

    I just got my Vanity Fair in the mail yesterday, and I’m excited to see it on this post. I’m actually giving The Happiness Project to my sister this week for her birthday. Since I just had my son two weeks ago, I’m in new mommy mode and started reading Baby Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. I read the predecessor, Belly Laughs, while pregnant and enjoyed the honesty and humor. A nice change from baby manuals!

  18. I’m really interestedin Sophie Dahl’s book – I’ll have to check it out next time I’m at Barnes and Noble!

  19. caroline says:

    I just finished reading the Happiness Project and although I was a bit reluctant at first, I must admit it has been eye-opening. Definitely recommend it!!
    It also inspired me to start a “one line a day” diary, which is looking really pretty on my nightstand even though I haven’t started on it yet!
    A total different series of books I totally recomment is the Adrian Mole diary set by Sue Townsend. Brilliant!

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