Ah, fall. The land of apple spice candles, long Sunday naps, cashmere blankets and cozy tunes. Of all the seasons, you’re my favorite fall–for these reasons, and many more. While I haven’t gotten as much time to lazy about as I may have wished (fall also seems to be the busiest, no?!), I have been able to squeeze in a bit of “me” time here in there–which of course involves books and music. Here’s what’s been on my bedside table and in my iPod headphones lately:
Humans of New York I’m a sucker for amazing photography, but even more so when it’s backed by an incredible story. One of my favorite things about living in New York City is the diversity, and the site Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton has been capturing the magic of that for the past few years, only to now turn it into a book. The result? An incredible and eye-opening book that elevates itself from mere “coffee table” fodder and restores my faith in humanity. Seriously.
Reconstructing Amelia This book was recommended to me by a friend who had just read and loved Gone Girl, and for good reason–it’s a thriller written in a very similar vein as the mega-hit novel, and it’s just as good. It centers on a woman and her daughter and, without giving too much away, it will keep you on the end of your seat (or well, page) for most of the novel. A definite must for anyone who wishes they could read Gone Girl over again for the first time.
I Am Malala Alright, I get it–everyone and their mother is reading this book. But you should be too. Truthfully, I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve been so blown away that I just felt like I had to include it. For those who don’t know, Malala Yousafzai is a young girl who spoke out against the Taliban regarding the education of young women and was shot for it. Obviously there’s a lot more information regarding the story that I can’t fit here, but suffice to say you should read the book and everything about her–she’s incredible, and there’s so much to learn from her grace and outlook.
The tunes: Fall is the time for cozy, comfort music. Here are a few of my favorites right now: