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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:


The reads:


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:




Fall 2013 by abucco10 on Grooveshark

what I’m reading // what I’m listening to

what i'm reading and listening to


If there’s ever a time to get back to basics, it’s during the summer. More free time, beach days and traveling means more time for books and new tunes. I’ll admit, I had a ton of books on my must-read list this summer, most of which I haven’t gotten to (funny how every time I’m on a plane I end up sleeping or talking to my seat-mate instead of reading), but the ones I have read have been pretty fantastic. Couple that with my iPod (I make pretty good playlists, I must say), and I have more than a few picks to share with you guys. Hey, you can even play the music while you read, if you fancy. Let’s do this:


books i love lately




E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout: My roommate has recently gotten me into a lot of these types of books–not self-help, per se, but more…self awareness I guess? The whole concept behind E-Squared is the idea that the mental thoughts and energy you put out into the world directly influence what comes back to you. That’s always something I’ve tried to be mindful of, but I have to admit: sometimes I can get really crabby and down. The great thing about E-Squared is that it comes with very simple and actionable “experiments” you can do to put the book’s advice into action. They feel a bit  hokey at first, but once you start seeing–and feeling–the difference, you’ll be a believer.


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides: This is a must for me to read at least once a year–it was one of the first “serious” books I read way back when (I was probably 13 or 14?) and I’ve read it countless time since. It’s sad and beautiful and intriguing and utterly captivating. I’ll be the first to admit it’s definitely not for everyone–Jeffrey Eugenides has a very specific writing style–but if you haven’t read it before, I really urge you to give it a shot. So. Worth. It.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple: It’s true: this book is totally worth a the hype (as in 1,200-reviews-on-Amazon type hype). The book, which is written in various styles (letters, e-mails, FBI documents, etc.) grabs your attention on the first page and doesn’t let you go–bringing with it some hilarious laughs. I love books that are razor sharp and witty, and WYGB is exactly that. I was honestly sad when I got to the last page–I might read it again this weekend.


Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman: Real talk: this book is actually on my must-read list, not my read list. However, I have watched the whole Netflix series and I gotta say…I’m a woman obsessed. Orange is the New Black (or Black and Orange, as my roommates and I call it) follows privileged New Yorker Piper on her trip from Brooklyn to a woman’s correctional facility for–you guessed it–a jail stay. I’m sure you’ve heard people buzzing, but I’ll vouch as well–this one is a must-watch, and a must-read I’m assuming…we shall see!



songs i love lately


OK, so this playlist is a bit all over the place, but it’s perfectly suited my summer so far–there’s a song for every fun road trip, Friday night in, beach vacation and lazy afternoon.



Summer 2013 by abucco10 on Grooveshark

a kitchen playlist



If you’ve spent oh…five minutes here on this blog, then you’re probably in on the worst kept secret in the world: I love to cook. I love food, I love cooking, I love spending time in the kitchen. I love how it de-stresses me and makes me feel happy, I love how it helps me make other people happy. I’m pretty sure I have a 70-year-old Italian grandmother living inside of me and I’m totally OK with that (note: I realize that was a lot of love).


There’s one sort of strange thing I do when I cook, and that’s listen to old foreign music. It could be Italian (or Italian-American) or French (it doesn’t totally matter), I just love how it makes me feel like a little Julia Child…or something? Jeez. Are you still with me? In that case, you deserve a reward. Here’s a pretty nice cooking playlist:



Cooking Playlist by abucco10 on Grooveshark

a valentine’s day playlist: for the lovers and the lonely



I alluded to it last month, and truth be told, this is the Valentine’s Day post I’ve been looking forward to the most! There’s not a broken heart or a budding romance that music doesn’t help, so why not make a playlist for both sets this Valentine’s Day? Honestly, I’m not above belting out a great version of Since You’ve Been Gone in the shower (very out of tune, I might add) and one of the love songs is my absolute favorite karaoke tune–see if you can guess which one! Single, taken, or hanging with the girls this February 14th, I hope you enjoy both of these playlists!

For the lovers:


Valentine's Day 2 by abucco10 on Grooveshark


For the lonely (but not really…): 

Valentine's Day 1 by abucco10 on Grooveshark

bon iver in nyc

If you couldn’t tell from all of my playlists (and my incessant concert talk), I’m a huge music geek. I like my music like I like my buffets–a little bit of everything (though none of it can touch on my plate…some weird OCD thing of mine). I could go on and on ranting about my favorites (Bruce, Beatles, Damien Rice, Mumford, Beirut, Dave just to name a few), but I’ll get to the point. I’ve been dying to see Bon Iver–for. like. ever. We’re talking going on two years here, but for some reason it just never fell together.

I was super bummed when I couldn’t make his Radio City concerts last week–until I hit a stroke of good luck and received an invite to a private performance (eek!) for work (<insert insanely obnoxious happy dance here). Let me tell you, they’re phenominal live. Justin Vernon (the band’s front man) plays with this incredible, infections passion and talent just oozes out of every member in the zillion-piece band. Considering nothing I say can really do them justice, I figured it’d be best to throw together a playlist of my favorite songs for those of you who may not be familiar. You + a cozy blanket + a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate, if that’s your thing) + this playlist = bliss. I promise.

Also, we need to talk. The new Mumford and Sons album, Babel, is perfection. Is anyone else listening to it on repeat like me?