Greetings, fellow bookworms! I’ve got some real gems for June, starting with the must-read memoir that was released today… and ending with my current read that promises to make me more self-aware. There’s also the world’s most gorgeous cookbook and a brand new issue of my favorite print mag. I’m currently in Italy soaking up some major inspiration with the team, and for me, vacation equals books. Is it weird that I love the long flight to and from Europe because it gives me so much extra time to read? Keep scrolling for my current faves, and I’d love to hear in the comments what’s currently on your nightstand. xo
The Bright Hour, a Memoir of Living and Dying, by Nina Riggs
The first book in a long time that’s kept me up late at night reading just one more page, this exquisitely-written memoir was impossible to put down. Although the story is told through the lens of Riggs’ journey through terminal cancer, it’s a message of hope: a challenge to all of us to approach each moment with love, passion, and honesty. The Bright Hour actually goes on sale today (!!) — I received an advance copy and have been counting the days until I could order one for all the women in my life.
Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table, by Lily Diamond
This new cookbook is just — where do I begin? I’m that obsessed with Lily’s vegetarian creations that feature an abundance of herbs, flowers, and beautiful flavor. Reading it feels like walking through the world’s lushest garden where everything happens to be edible, and the recipes I’ve tried so far (hello, peach & pistachio galettes with rose whipped cream!) have been every bit as delicious as they look. Lily’s poetic writing style and her ideas for using herbs in wellness and beauty are just the icing on the (orange blossom-topped) cake.
Per usual, I devoured every page of Darling‘s new issue the day I received it — lounging in my favorite patio chair with a mint iced tea in hand. Aside from the great writers and photographers that create the stories, I love Darling because it’s one of the only magazines out there that actually makes me feel inspired, empowered, and like I want to be a better human — without sacrificing its unique take on beauty, fashion and design. We’re talking style and substance here, people.
Full disclosure: I haven’t started reading this one yet, but I’m bringing it with me on our Italy trip and can’t wait to dive into this fascinating topic. Psychologist Tasha Eurich promises to show us “what it takes to see ourselves more clearly: how to better understand what makes us tick on the inside, how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how they see us, and how to use this insight for greater success, confidence and self-acceptance.” I’ll report back!