Friday, August 2, 2013

On my bedside table, August edition


I've just realized that I somehow forgot to post my July reading list. However, that doesn't mean I didn't go through a few of books that keeps piling up on my nightstand and on my iPad. I brought this one and this one from Paris, and I read them in three days. Yup, I'm that obsessed with these two handsome and talented French writers. But my absolutely favorite July read was A hundred summers by Beatriz Williams.

Let me set one thing straight, first: I'm definitely no Harlequin-paperbacks-adept, but I do enjoy reading a great love story every now and then. And as far as romantic novels go, Overseas and A hundred summers are among the best things I've ever read! Beatriz's books are very intelligent, full of humor, suspense and mind-blowing turns of events. She makes you feel like you truly know the characters and in no time you find yourself rooting for your favorites, booing the bad guys and generally having so much fun! I almost wished those books would never end! So when Beatriz told me on Twitter that her next book was already on her editor's table, I couldn't help but squeal from delight. Yup, I'm that reader who stalks his favorite authors on Twitter. What, don't you do it, too?

Anyways, I'm back to regular scheduled programming, and I'm sharing my August reads. Beware, it'll be all about beauty and brains this month!

1. Beauty detox foods by Kimberly Snyder. I've discovered Kimberly thanks to Julia whose praise of Kim's Beauty detox program piqued my interest. I've already read a part of this book, and I'm really tempted to give Kim's method a try. She is a clinical nutritionist to the stars like Kerry Washington and Drew Barrymore, and she promotes plant-based diet high on fiber, enzymes, fresh fruit and veggies, and low on animal products and proteins. I'll admit, the whole program is a tad too extreme for my taste (I can easily give up meat, processed foods and sugars, I don't eat too much of them anyways, but I'll probably never be able to give up cheese altogether). I already lowered my caffeine intake and swapped my morning greek yogurt for fresh fruits and green smoothie, and I'm excited to make my daily diet more healthy and balanced. I'll let you know how it works.

2. Focus by Jurgen Wolff. Last weekend, I watched this video by Matthew Hussey and it got my mind buzzing. Matthew claims that in order to move forward, we need to acknowledge and conquer our weaknesses that are holding us back. I already know that procrastination and lack of focus are my biggest enemies. The question is, how to get rid of these unwelcome guests? I've heard a lot of great things about Jurgen Wolff's book, and I'm really excited to dive into it to see if it can help me.

3. Beauty by Lauren Conrad. You may already know that I have a slight obsession with Lauren Conrad (last manifestation here). She managed to turn a somewhat doubtful reality TV stint into a full-fledged fashion and lifestyle career, managing two blogs and writing 8 books along the way (and she's still only 27, how's that for an inferiority complex-inducing person?). I'm a regular reader of both her lifestyle and beauty websites, and I'm pretty sure this book will be chock-full of great beauty advice. And that's something we can always use!

4. Making ideas happen by Scott Belsky.  Don't you sometimes feel like you're having at least one genius idea an hour, but 99% of those ideas never come to life? I know I do. Inspiration is everywhere, and it's definitely not something I feel lack of. But the execution, that's a whole different story. However, with my latest project in mind, I'm more than determined to change my mind set, and to bring more of my ideas to reality. I can only hope this book will help me!

Now tell me, do you have any juicy, interesting books on your bedside tables right now? I'm always eager to add to my list, so don't hesitate to share your picks in the comments.

Have a lovely weekend!


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4 comments:

  1. i would love to have lauren conrad's book. i definitely have to check out her blogs.

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  2. I'm reading The Almond Tree this month :). And I also think LC is great- she's one of the few who truly moved beyond reality tv roots

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  3. Sam @ Frills & ThrillsAugust 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Hi Ivana, some really great and varied pics, I am interesting in the first book, it sounds like a terrific manual to eat and be healthier.

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  4. The Lauren Conrad book sounds so interesting!

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