A Stylish Reading List

August 3, 2011


I don’t know about you, but I am not a consistent reader. It’s often times feast or famine with me – voraciously tearing through books or picking up nothing, not even a magazine. I’m coming out of one such drought right now and it’s time to stack my nightstand or bathtub shelf with some lifestyle inspiration. I’m not in the mood to jump into heavy characters and tear-filled stories, just something to jump start my kitchen, home update and style outlook.

My end of summer heading into fall queue:

The One Hundred, Nina Garcia – I like lists. And the concept behind this is fantastic. The 100 timeless, classic pieces for every woman’s wardrobe. It’s a tangible map and a well-edited closet. Perfect. Bonus points: Illustrated by Ruben Toledo.

Secrets of a Stylist: An Insider’s Guide to Styling the Stars, Sasha Charnin Morrison – I’ll admit it. I’d like a little peek into the world of how Hollywood gets dressed. I’m a sucker for unforgettable looks – and a little gossipy grit and secrets.

The Stocked Kitchen: One Grocery List…Endless Recipes, Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins – I have a deep interest in good (organic) food, simply prepared. What gets out of control is my shopping list and pantry. I love the idea behind this book and when the lovely Roxanna wrote about this I knew it was going on my “must read” list. I love that it’s systemized, but can address all sorts of meals from drop-in guests to special events to just “what’s dinner going to be tonight”.

Speed Decorating: A Pro Stagers Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less, Jill Vegas – This lovely book I found over at my friend Mae’s place. Here’s the thing, HGTV and the like has convinced many of us that in order to have a lovely home you have to buy all new furniture or other drastic ideas. I like Jill’s background of a home stager – using what you already have to make a different impact. One part decorating primer, one part shopping smart and a whole bunch of parts of get it done fast. That’s the best kind of cocktail.

Tell me – what’s on your “must read” list? (Are you a bathtub reader, too? I adore it.)

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4 Responses to “A Stylish Reading List”

  1. Mary in Austin Says:

    Rereading “Blessings of a B-“. So I can loosen my grip and relax about having TWO middleschoolers. Love the grocery list book – I will look that one up!!

    XO. Welcome home swimmy!

    • Pam Says:

      Ohh, I need to look that one up — sounds great.

      Lemme know how that two middle schoolers thing goes… 😉

  2. Amy Says:

    Over the summer I was in voracious reader mode some of my favorite reads were, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett – I read this before I knew it was being made into a movie. I loved it and always read the book first, as I’m usually disappointed in the movie, but this one seems to be cast well. I love mysteries and read “Bad Blood” by John Sandford, “The Confession” by John Grisham (one part made me cry), “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues” by Bev Marshall (very sad), and “10th Anniversary” by James Patterson.

    • Pam Says:

      I may be the last person on the planet not to have read The Help. Sadly, the previews now made me want to read it – just as soon as I get back into a fiction state of mind. 🙂