Books I’ve Read Lately

These are the books that have graced my kindle in the past couple months. (And one that was a real live hardback.)

 Tales from the Yoga Studio by Rain Mitchell. This is the story of the entwined lives of various women who attend a yoga studio together. It was a light, fun (very quick) read. Nothing life changing but I liked it. My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.


Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters. I think most people in book club loved this. I was meh on it. I would give it 2 stars but it gets a bump to 3 because I liked the Italian setting. 🙂 


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. For this one, I should say, “finished” lately. Because I started this last year. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it – I really really did – but it just didn’t hook me. I still give it 5 out of 5 stars. Totally fascinating.

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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I got this hardback book for my birthday last September. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I was super excited for it to come out but I was disappointed. It was VERY difficult to get into and I finally gave up after about 120 pages. And from what I’ve heard, it’s not worth plugging through. Bummer.

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green. This is a story about teenagers who have cancer so I was expecting it to be devastatingly depressing but it wasn’t. Sad, yes, but also humorous and insightful. It hooked me and I read it in less than a week. 4 out of 5 stars. 


Now I’m currently reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. So far, pretty good. I like how she addresses serious issues with humor.

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Also reading Inside Out Weight Management by my lovely friend Meg Cline!


Next up on my Kindle: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and Committed: A Love Story (the next book from the author Eat Pray Love).

What are you reading these days? Any recommendations? 

35 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

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1 Anne January 8, 2013 at

I am not and have NO plans to become a parent anytime soon, but I am loving, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. It is the most fascinating look at another culture I have seen in a long time!


2 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

oooh interesting! I love learning about other cultures but never thought it about it from the parenting aspect. I’m adding it to my to-read list. thanks!


3 Meghan January 9, 2013 at

I will second that, I read it before I had a baby just because some friends were reading it and I thought it was really interesting!


4 Kelly @ Femme Fitale January 12, 2013 at

Loved this one!!! It was such a refreshing change from the other baby/child rearing self-help books out there.


5 Meghan January 8, 2013 at

Goodness, I loved Fault in Our Stars. Even though I have never boo-hoo’ed so hard at a book before, I was just totally sucked in and I loved the writing.

I’m glad to hear you say Casual Vacancy wasn’t that good b/c I skipped that one for book club and was trying to decide whether to go back.

(And yay! My book! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.)

I am reading Habits right not too – well, technically I’m listening to it on Audible. I think it’s excellent, but I’m pretty obsessed with the personal development genre so I may be biased. Have you read The Happiness Project? It’s one of my favorite most-recent reads.


6 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

I’m also obsessed with personal development so send all the recommendations my way that you’ve got! 🙂


7 Meghan January 9, 2013 at

Favorite PD: How to Win Friends and Influence People (terrible title, awesome book), The Five Love Languages (doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships), The Four Hour Workweek, and I know a lot of people hate it, but I really like The Secret.

Besides Habits, I’m also reading Danielle Laporte’s Firestarter Sessions. I loved her blog and her book is a good extension! (I have all of these if you ever want to borrow instead of buy them!)


8 Lauren January 8, 2013 at

I just read Bringing in Finn, by Sara Connell, and while my opinion is probably totally biased (sine I’m working for the woman), this story is truly remarkable. It’s about women’s health, healing, sexuality, infertility, relationships, and the miracle of life. It really did move me in so many ways! Highly, HIGHLY recommend it


9 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

wow! i just read the book synopsis! INCREDIBLE.


10 Mrs Type A January 9, 2013 at

I’m reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin right now and have found myself thinking a lot about ideas and realizations the author makes in the book. Definitely recommend. And its less than $10 on kindle.


11 Gracie January 9, 2013 at

This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I just got an iPad/Kindle app, which has already changed my (previously non-existent) reading life.

Right now I’m reading Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. Looks like I’ll have put The Power of Habit on my list – seems right up my alley (I tend to prefer non-fiction over fiction). Thanks for the rec 🙂


12 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

i loooove my kindle. so easy to read all the time! 🙂

I’m going to add Battlefield of the Mind to my list. I also enjoy non-fiction over fiction most of the time. I have 5 biographies on my kindle right now 🙂


13 Lindsay January 9, 2013 at

I’m reading Consider the Fork, which is a history of cooking and eating. It’s pretty interesting to learn about how different tools have changed the way we eat and cook – did you know that by using knifes to cut up our food into smaller pieces, humans changed the way teeth sit in the mouth? We’ve developed a natural overbite since we don’t have to clamp and tear meat anymore.


14 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

that sounds fascinating!


15 Katie January 9, 2013 at

Ah, bummed about the JK Rowling book. But thanks for the warning…I won’t waste my time. I’m always so excited to read good book reviews…I’m adding a few of these to my list!

(Also, since it looks like you like biographies…have you read Rob Lowe’s? I was obsessed.)


16 sherice@foodieluvsfitness January 9, 2013 at

Rob Lowe’s biography was really good.. I will never view The Outsiders the same again.


17 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

Rob Lowe?? really? He seems like such a jerk!


18 sherice@foodieluvsfitness January 9, 2013 at

The last book I read was Dances With Wolves… SO GOOD!!!! I’m a huge reader.. also Yoga Cures.. I need that book.


19 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

I didn’t even know there was a book – only ever saw the movie! 🙂 Yoga Cures sounds right up my alley too!


20 sherice@foodieluvsfitness January 10, 2013 at

The movie was made based on the book.. it’s good and a quick read. 🙂


21 Michael January 9, 2013 at

I just started reading (and have almost finished!) the Man Booker award winner The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. It’s a fantastic book, and a very quick read… Something of a more quirky, darker True Grit.


22 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

how dark? I don’t do well with gruesome, violent or twisted. 🙂


23 Michael January 9, 2013 at

It’s definitely not twisted, although it is a little violent – the Sisters brothers are hired guns during the California gold rush, with the protagonist trying to get out.


24 kim@hungryhealthygirl January 9, 2013 at

I’ve heard so many good things about Bossypants. Can’t wait to hear what you think!


25 Emily January 9, 2013 at

I’m reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) it’s pretty hilarious!


26 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 9, 2013 at

I’m reading that right now too! I started it last night! hilarious!


27 Meghan January 15, 2013 at

I came back to this post to get an idea for a new book (just finished Habits…it’s so good!) and decided to start this! Did you know our library system has free audio downloads? I’m testing it out now!


28 Chantelle @ A Tale of Two Pretties January 9, 2013 at

OH NO! I was hoping you were going to have a positive review of The Casual Vacancy–I just started it yesterday and also felt like it just didn’t do much for me. I’m going to try to plug through it (I don’t like not finishing books), but we’ll see.


29 Anna Keller January 10, 2013 at

Definitely check out Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s an amazingly compelling story and has a couple of great twists that I totally didn’t see coming. I highly recommend it!


30 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 11, 2013 at

I have heard sooooo many good things about Gone Girl! I think we are reading it next for book club!

Let’s get together soon! I haven’t seen you in ages!


31 Anna Keller January 12, 2013 at

Please, can we? I’d love that! (Are you going to Anna’s birthday brunch at the end of the month?)


32 brandee January 11, 2013 at

I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one who wasn’t a fan of Beautiful Ruins. I forced myself to finish it because all the reviews were so good. The same goes for The Casual Vacancy…I gave it 100+ pages and finally decided not to waste anymore time reading a bad book!


33 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 11, 2013 at

Hey Brandee! I’m glad to hear YOU didn’t like it either! everyone in my book club LOVED it! I was the only one who didn’t. So disappointing about Casual Vacancy, right?

We have similar taste in books apparently. What are you reading right now?


34 RLR at Mom's Magic January 12, 2013 at

I won a copy of The Fault in Our Stars on a blog giveaway, and I’m glad to see your review. I’m hoping to be more committed to reading and a little less to social media this year (everything in moderation…). Starting with My Life In France – wonder how long it’ll take me?


35 Brittney January 14, 2013 at

I recommend Gone Girl too, great book! Others I read this year that I loved were Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which is about a woman going through a lot of life heartbreak that decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to kind of find herself. Also, since you’re a dog person- The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog’s Purpose are both great stories told from the dog’s perspective. Loved both of those. I have The Fault in Our Stars on my list of things to read.


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