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On My Nightstand

November 14th, 2013

On My Nightstand | Camille StylesAfter letting 2 months slip by between editions of On My NightstandI’m dying to share so many reading ideas that it’s tough to narrow them down to just four. Still, I’m forcing myself to choose only a well-edited selection in the hopes that you guys will check out every single one and let me know what you think. In this month’s roundup, we’ve got a business book that turns everything you know about entrepreneurship on its head, a beautifully crafted tale of love and loss, a study of what makes something (or someone) glamorous, and a new magazine that explores the art of being a woman. So get ready to carve out a little extra reading time this month m’dears, because these gems are hard to put down. And as always, leave a comment letting me know what you’re reading lately!

Darling MagazineThis new mag showed up at our office one day, and after diving into it that night as I lay in bed, I’ve shared it with friends, ripped out pages to save and even mailed a couple articles to faraway friends. Darling is a breath of fresh air, replacing the negative messaging and stereotypes found in most women’s mags with intelligent conversation, elegant writing and encouraging words of wisdom. According to its mission statement, Darling is “the art of being a woman… (it) holds the modern mold of woman up to the fire to evoke a discussion on femininity and re-shape an authentic design.” Well, ladies, you’ve certainly succeeded with these first few issues, and I can’t wait to read every single one.

Me Before Youby Jojo Moyes. I still melt when I even think about the characters in this heartbreakingly-beautiful story of an ordinary girl whose life is changed when she meets Will, wheelchair-bound and bitter towards life. I can’t say too much else without giving the plot away (or spontaneously bursting into tears at my desk), so just trust me: this is the one you’re going to want to read over the long Thanksgiving holiday. I devoured it during our trip to Mexico, and I could barely even converse with Adam until I found out the ending.

Rework, by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson. I’d been wanting to read this one for awhile after hearing it recommended by several business people I really respect, and if I’d known what an addictive and quick read it is, I’d have picked it up long before. I’ve read a lot of business books, and even the best of them start to sound really similar after awhile. Not so with Rework, which promotes several of the ideas I’ve long suspected: that meetings can be time-wasters, that you don’t have to work around the clock to succeed, and that a big staff and fancy office are not precursors to becoming great. For anyone who’s even considering ever starting their own business, this is a must-read.

The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, by Virginia Postrel. If we’re being honest, most of us have a fascination with the idea of glamour… and there are times when we want to have it, own it or be it. But that “it” can be hard to define, and in this image-packed tome, Postrel reveals that while the longing for glamour can be a force for positive ambition and hope, it can also create dangerous illusions. A really interesting cultural examination.

For other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand!

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15 Comments under :: On My Nightstand
  1. Just ordered Darling Magazine! Thanks for the suggestion. It looks beautiful and, as you say, it is about time we had a ‘breath of fresh air’ in women’s mags – I’d pretty much given up on them.

  2. I read Rework a while back – it’s a fantastic book. Need to check out Darling.

  3. clare says:

    I lovedddd Me Before You – so good! Highly recommend My Husband’s Secret if you haven’t read it already, I read it even faster than Me Before you (And i finished that in 3 days!)

  4. Beth Vanderkolk says:

    reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home and really loving it!

  5. danamcdowell says:

    Really into Beth Hoffman and Katherine Howe…it’s too bad they only have two books out each!

  6. Wendy says:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I just finished The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins and I’m about to start The Engagements which you recommended in a previous post 🙂

  7. kate says:

    I love Darling Magazine! Great choice :).

  8. zozo says:

    Darling Magazine looks awesome and I’ve heard sooo much about Me Before You. I’m not usually one to read sob stories though so I’m very hesitant to get into it…

  9. Thea says:

    A great interview with the author of The Power of Glamour:
    http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/15/how-glamour-shapes-our-lives-qampa-wit

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  13. Haley says:

    do you know any other magazines like Darling? I would love a second subscription that makes me feel good like that. 🙂

  14. Ferren says:

    I read Me Before You last year and I really enjoyed it… as much as you can enjoy it, if you know what I mean. Good one! 🙂

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