Camille Styles

On My Nightstand

August 5th, 2013

On My Nightstand | Camille StylesFunny how it seems that the times when I have the least amount of time to read are usually the times when nothing would do my soul more good than diving into a great new novel or an engrossing memoir. This past month has been crazy busy (whatever happened to the “lazy days” of summer?) and I’m making a concerted effort to make time to unwind by reading (instead of texting, tweeting or watching TV) before bed. I definitely think that the sheer act of opening a book makes my heart rate slow down a bit — and besides, did you know that the bright light from a TV or computer can actually stop our melatonin levels from rising to induce sleep, tricking our bodies into thinking it’s still daytime? If that’s not enough reason to pile some good reads on your nightstand, I don’t know what is! Here’s what I’m reading this month:

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Thanks to all of your countless comments suggesting I read this book in previous On My Nightstand posts, it’s become my book club’s official selection this month! It’s the tale of a girl whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others, as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. Can’t wait to dive in.

My Greek Island Home, by Claire Lloyd. I just stumbled across this little gem of pure escapism, and while I may not be going on any exotic vacations in the near future, I have a feeling this book will totally take me away. A former art director for W Magazine, Lloyd chronicles her story of finding restoration and inspiration surrounded by beauty and the bluest waters on the island of Lesvos.

Clean Gut, by Alejandro Junger. I’ll go ahead and preface by saying: this one’s not for everyone. But if, like me, you’re completely fascinated with the way our bodies process food, the unhealthy state of our nation and why so many of us are walking around with chronic illness and inexplicable fatigue… you won’t be able to put it down. Although Junger lays out an extreme 6-week eating plan that I’ve yet to tackle, I took away tons of nuggets of wisdom that I’ve been applying to my diet on a daily basis.

The French Market Cookbook, by Clotilde Dusoulier. Lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards more veggie-centric recipes and making at least a couple of totally meat-free meals a week (thanks to the aforementioned, Clean Gut.Like me, food blogger and author Dusoulier is not a vegetarian but is constantly on the hunt for what’s ripe and in season, meaning that most of her recipes omit the cream, cheese and pastas that can cover the bright flavors of perfectly seasonal vegetables. This one’s on its way to becoming a cookbook library essential.

Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month… and for other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand.

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  1. Laura says:

    My book club also read “The Language of Flowers,” and I thought it was such a great read. Totally intrigued by “Clean Gut”!

    We also recently read Andre Agassi’s autobiography, “Open,” which is probably one of the best biographies I’ve ever read. Candid, emotional – fascinating for anyone, tennis lover or not – a must-read if you like biographies!

  2. Lauren says:

    After reading your description, I feel like I need to read “My Greek Island Home.” I have always wanted to travel to Greece but have (so far) been unable to. I feel like this book might just transport me there. xo.

  3. Ana says:

    I’m reading “99 Problems But A Baby Ain’t One” (Megan Sillianoff), “The Master and the Margarita” (Mikhail Bulgakov) and “Seriously…I’m Kidding” (Ellen Degeneres). All three are great so far!

  4. totally agree with you about “the language of flowers.” and definitely going to be buying “my greek island home”…love any form of escapism 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  5. Kate@interiorsevolve says:

    “The Kingmakers Daughter” by Philippa Gregory – more background for the BBC series The White Queen that I thinks starts soon in the US real history version of Games of Thrones

    • Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing!! Have you seen The White Queen yet? I couldn’t really get into Game of Thrones even though I tried. I’d love to give White Queen a shot!

  6. Alison says:

    I’m on your book bandwagon! Loved The Engagements from last month’s recommendation in your On My Nightstand post and am itching to order a couple on this list. XO

  7. Margaret says:

    I just read Defending Jacob (from reader recommendations on your last “on my nightstand” post! It was a great page-turner — kept me up late at night to see what happened next.

  8. clotilde says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning my book, Camille! ^^

    Thank you, also, for the reading recommendations — I’ve just downloaded the Kindle sample of the Language of Flowers.

    I’m currently finishing Les Misérables (in French) and although there are some lengthy parts I admit to skipping, overall it’s a fantastic read, worthy of its reputation.

  9. Camille, I’m always looking forward to your reading posts, as I’m always sure to pick a gem (or four) to read myself 🙂 And I’m right there with you, when it comes to reading as an escape from my busy daily routine. Sometimes, when I feel particularly blah during the day, unmotivated and uninspired, I switch my computer off, and pick up one of the books sitting on my nightstand. And even an hour of reading can recharge and reinvigorate me, so I can keep on working later. I’m definitely going to read the Clean gut and The language of Flowers. And the French market cookbook is already on my iPad: I’m such a fan of French cuisine (of everything French, in fact) that I couldn’t pass this one up 🙂

    Happy reading!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  10. Wendy says:

    Thank you so much for your recommendations! I’ll put them on my list 🙂
    I’m just started reading “Tell the Wolves Im Home” by Carol Rifka and recently finished “The Best Man” by Kristan Higgins, it was a really fun summer read.

  11. Classiq says:

    A friend has recently received My Greek Island Life as a birthday gift and she was thrilled. Now it’s high on my list too.

  12. Our book club just selected Language of Flowers! Can’t wait to read it. I’d also love to pick up My Greek Island Home. Sounds like the perfect beach read for my last vacation this summer!
    ~Mary Keller

  13. Meenakshi says:

    Nice picks! I added Greek Island Home to my amazon wishlist- it sounds great!I’m currently reading Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas- if you love sweets and pastries, it’s a must-read!

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