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Running with Happiness! {Sarajane’s Book Club}

I need to start writing these posts more frequently. Otherwise, I’ll forget what I’m writing about and/or what I’ve read. But, today I just want to talk about the last two books that I’ve enjoyed!

The Happiness Project
By: Gretchen Rubin

Follow Gretchen through a year’s journey of seeking out happiness in her everyday life. She doesn’t divorce her husband, move to a far off land, or sell all of her worldly possessions. She makes small steps to create a happier environment for herself while not changing her actual environment. Pretty Delightful.

This spoke to me in a lot of ways. I like to make BIG changes. To give up my home for a year and travel the world. To move away for summers at a time. While I think I’m seeking out happiness, what I’m seeking is adventure. Happiness comes in the small things. Appreciating the day to day, and learning how to improve yourself to be more grateful. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever taken anything for granted. If I were to read it over again…

I’d read it one chapter a month {chapters are broken up into months} and really absorb what she is saying. I’d also set goals to apply the principals to my own life as I read. Maybe that’ll be my new years resolution?

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Running with Scissors
By: Augusten Burroughs

I’ve been told that I should read Augusten Burroughs for a while now. For one, Burroughs is my maiden name and for two, he’s often compared to David Sedaris {my favorite author.}

Running with Scissors is a detailed account of Mr. Burroughs’ unusual upbringing. He’s thorough in his history and it’s good because every tiny piece of it is interesting and needs to be told.

Augusten’s writing style is wry and witty. He takes you there without making you feel like he is taking you there. You feel the emotions with his childhood self and long for a better life along with him. It’s an eye opener to anyone who has had a ‘normal’ childhood. Simultaneously, it’s an encouragement for those that think their childhood will follow them forever. He addresses some pretty dark human situations without losing his voice as a child. Thus allowing you to see the world through his eyes as he experienced them.

I would recommend this to anyone who can handle a few cuss words and graphic scenes. It’s quickly made it’s way to my top favorite reads!

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with love and happiness,

Sarajane.

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Love, Laughter, and Hunger! {Sarajane’s Book Club}

I’ve been sick. I get sick about once or twice a year. The last 4 days have been those days. I’m planning to feel better by tomorrow. Let’s see if my body agrees with my mind! But, I’ve been doing a lot of reading since my last Book Club post so I thought I’d update you all on my list of books devoured.

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

This book is a mix of stories/people all intermingled in some way. With stories from a reservation  It’s deep and heartbreaking and often a bit funny. I had a hard time pushing through this book. It’s hard to keep track of the characters and how they are connected to one another. I think it would be a great book for an actual book club where you can read it and dissect it piece by piece.

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me {and other concerns} by Mindy Kaling

I have been a fan of Mindy Kalings for quite a while. She has a quick wit and amazing sense of humor. So, when I saw she published a book I knew  I had to read it. Thanks to my awesome husband who got it for me as one of my Christmas presents. I devoured the book in two days and laughed out loud at every turn of the page. If you like to laugh at all, you have to read this book!

If you ask Me {and of course you won’t.} by Betty White

Another great gift from Mr. Case. I tried to check this out at the library and they wouldn’t let me 😦 When I arrived home from Vegas Kyle had this wrapped for me with a sweet card. I loved every minute of this book. Betty White is just as charming as ever. Hearing her thoughts on everyday life and how she’s terrified of red carpets, it made me adore her even more.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I’ve resisted reading The Hunger Games series for a while now. SOO many of my beautiful friends have read it and told me that I would love it. But, that just made me want to resist more. {sorry my loves.} But, the last time we hung out and they started talking about it, something switched in my brain. It was time. lol So, Kyle and I grabbed it up at the bookstore in town and I read it in about 3 days. I thought the beginning was a bit slow for me, but, once it got into it I couldn’t put it down. I’m a sucker for fight scenes.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I must have liked the first one because after I finished it, I was in Atlanta, and I couldn’t wait to get home to buy this one. I tried to find a local bookstore and everyone I went to was closed. {sad.} So, I had to go to Barnes and Noble where they were out of both the second and third book. So, I drove 20 min. to another Barnes and Noble and picked it up. I’m pretty sure the people behind the counter were concerned for me. But, I was not disappointed! I read this one in 2 days and loved every minute of it. I’m pretty sure I like it even better then the first.

I’m reading the 3rd and final of the series now. You HAVE to read these.

with love and great books,

Sarajane.

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Making friends, staying committed, and the rules of food! {Sarajane’s Book Club}

Hello lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve written a book club post and that’s absolutely because I haven’t been reading very many books. I think it comes in waves, I read one really great book and then I’m just reading tons and tons of great books. But, then I get one book that is difficult to get through and then I’m just slowed down from that point on. But, I’m back with a couple of great/interesting books! So, let’s get started!

My highest recommendation goes to:

How to Win Friends and Influence People! By: Dale Carnegie

It’s a tale as old as time {hehe} that people want to feel like you are interested in them. The beauty of this book is that it teaches you how to be interested in people. NOT how to pretend to be interested in people. But, it teaches a genuine curiosity for the lives of others. That’s always been something that I want to have and want to have forever. I would absolutely beg you to read this book if you are starting a business or just want to be a better person! It was really lovely for me.

Neat Find:

Real Simple: Organized Home

I am OBSESSED with the magazine Real Simple. If I could only have one subscription to a magazine {I don’t have any} that would be the one for me. So, when I saw this gem on the shelves at the library I picked it up and put it on our coffee table and perused it for a month after checking it out and renewing it just so it could look pretty on my coffee table. {that’s completely normal, promise.} It taught me nifty tricks like: storing my sheets in their pillowcases to keep them organized, rub a candle along the part of a drawer that hits the track if it’s sticking, and all you need for silky skin is to add a cup or two of milk to your bath water!

Most Helpful and Interesting:

Food Rules By: Michael Pollan

A long time ago I read his book The Omnivores Dilemma. It was really interesting, but, it spoke in terms that bogged the facts down for me. I don’t think I got as much out of it as I wished I would. However, Food Rules is written very very simply and directly. You could read it in an hour if you wanted. However, I recommend reading just a little bit, thinking about it and applying it to your life and then reading some more and doing the same. Although each rule is often only a few sentences, there’s a lot in there to absorb and apply.

Least Favorite:

Committed By: Elizabeth Gilbert

This book made me question my infatuation with “Eat, Pray, Love” Did I only fall for it because I was reading about her time in Rome while I was in Rome? Did it hook me in because of my circumstances? Is it simply her experiences and insights that I adored and not really her writing so much? But, I don’t think that’s true. I think Gilbert’s success with Eat, Pray, Love was absolutely earned and it may be a one of a kind. Committed was dry, and slow, and really never got around to telling a story. I was saddened at the lack of interest I had in her writing. I hope that she keeps writing and that the next book blows my socks off, but, if you want my advice, wait for that one.

with love and happy reading,

Sarajane.

 

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Chipmunks, gossip, and dating my library books! {Sarajane’s Book Club!}

I’ve found a new joy in reading. I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but, I like it. TV just isn’t interesting me and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my shiny new library card! So, here are the latest books to pass through my hands.

1. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk By: David Sedaris

This is VERY different from his other books. It’s all fictional stories through the eyes of animals. Not really my thing, however, since I was already so in love with Mr. Sedaris, he really can do no wrong. I’m certain that this will be Kyle’s favorite of his books, so if you think you relate more the Mr. Case than you probably will enjoy it!

I should also mention that these stories are deep and meaningful while still being utterly hilarious.

2. Gossip Girl By: Cecily von Ziegesar

I know, I know, I know. But, with my love for trashy television how could I resist?!? I read it in about a day and enjoyed every minute of it. I’m not sure that I’ll pick up another one, but, you never know. A great novel when you’re not looking to over work your brain. : )

3. Julie and Julia by: Julie Powell

I ADORED this! I’m sure you’ve all seen the movie and I had too. But, I picked up the book and fell in love with Julie Powell! She is funny, honest, and delightfully potty mouthed. The book was like therapy for me. Every page felt like a respite from the real world. Not to mention the particular book I checked out had that plastic around the cover that library books have. It smelled like the library and the pages crinkled in my fingers. I felt like I was dating that book the entire 2 weeks it took me to read it. Of course I rented the movie right when I finished and loved comparing the two. Please, if you liked the movie, you have to read the book!

Until next time! I hope you get a kick out of any or all of these!

with love and literary dating,

Sarajane.

 

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Sedaris Fever Continues! {Sarajane’s Book Club}

Hello my loves! Well, I am back with more and more books by David Sedaris! I hope that some of you are picking up his books of essays and falling in love like I did. {not like I did with you Kyle Case, calm down.} For those who have lost interest in hearing me chatter on about how amazing he is, I have good-ish news. I only have one book of his left to read and then I have to wait until he writes another. So, heartbreaking for me, but, maybe a relief to some of you. : ) For now, here are the latest ones I’ve read.

Naked by: David Sedaris

This was one of my favorites. I love his talk about his OCD, the moment he realized he was gay, his hitch-hiking adventures, and a brief period in a nudist colony. All equally interesting and hilarious. I love how genuine and open he is with such personal information. It’s the kind of raw honesty that I believe would make this world a better place.

When you are Engulfed in Flames by: David Sedaris

This is his sixth book and you can by the fluidness of his writing in this one. It seemed older, more developed, and like it’s been waiting in the bedroom to walk downstairs while it’s millions of readers prepare to take it to prom. He talks more about his partner Hugh than in most and I love the way he talks about him, with such sass and a serious sense of adoration that he tries to mask with complaints about how fast he walks or how he always wants to do the right thing. You’ll love to hate his crazy neighbor Helen, to go with that, you’ll feel more for a spider than you may have ever thought possible.

Barrel Fever by: David Sedaris

His first book, it was published in 1994 and is a lot different than the others. The first have are all fiction short stories and the second half are all essays. I enjoyed these just as much and the fiction really appealed to me because of how off the wall it was. However, at this point, I’ve become really interested in the dynamics of his family, characters that I’ve grown to know through his other books. So, I was a little disappointed not to hear more about them. I would def. recommend reading this book first rather than towards the end. I did love reading his perspective as a smoker as well as his story of working as a macy’s elf,  which is also in Holidays on Ice.

with love and serious case of Sedaris fever,

Sarajane.

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Sedaris Fever Continues! {Sarajane’s Book Club}

Hello my loves! Well, I am back with more and more books by David Sedaris! I hope that some of you are picking up his books of essays and falling in love like I did. {not like I did with you Kyle Case, calm down.} For those who have lost interest in hearing me chatter on about how amazing he is, I have good-ish news. I only have one book of his left to read and then I have to wait until he writes another. So, heartbreaking for me, but, maybe a relief to some of you. : ) For now, here are the latest ones I’ve read.

Naked by: David Sedaris

This was one of my favorites. I love his talk about his OCD, the moment he realized he was gay, his hitch-hiking adventures, and a brief period in a nudist colony. All equally interesting and hilarious. I love how genuine and open he is with such personal information. It’s the kind of raw honesty that I believe would make this world a better place.

When you are Engulfed in Flames by: David Sedaris

This is his sixth book and you can by the fluidness of his writing in this one. It seemed older, more developed, and like it’s been waiting in the bedroom to walk downstairs while it’s millions of readers prepare to take it to prom. He talks more about his partner Hugh than in most and I love the way he talks about him, with such sass and a serious sense of adoration that he tries to mask with complaints about how fast he walks or how he always wants to do the right thing. You’ll love to hate his crazy neighbor Helen, to go with that, you’ll feel more for a spider than you may have ever thought possible.

Barrel Fever by: David Sedaris

His first book, it was published in 1994 and is a lot different than the others. The first have are all fiction short stories and the second half are all essays. I enjoyed these just as much and the fiction really appealed to me because of how off the wall it was. However, at this point, I’ve become really interested in the dynamics of his family, characters that I’ve grown to know through his other books. So, I was a little disappointed not to hear more about them. I would def. recommend reading this book first rather than towards the end. I did love reading his perspective as a smoker as well as his story of working as a macy’s elf,  which is also in Holidays on Ice.

with love and serious case of Sedaris fever,

Sarajane.

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Sedaris Fever! {Sarajane’s Book Club!}

Alright, I have a confession. After reading Holidays On Ice, I’ve been incapable of reading any book that’s not written by David Sedaris. I’m officially on my fourth book of his and I’ve already purchased the next in line. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop with his writings until I’ve read them all. Then, I may cry. For now, let’s talk about the last two that I finished!

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

This was a nice overview of Sedaris’ life. With stories from growing up in Raleigh to his life in New York and France. He’s exceptionally hilarious in this one and I can’t believe some of the stories he told. Some of my favorites include: “Us and Them”, “Full House,” “The Change in Me”, “Possession”, and “Nuit of the Living Dead.” Well, I love them all. ha.

Me Talk Pretty One Day

This is my favorite of his so far!!! It’s all about his time in France. If you didn’t know, Paris was my favorite city we visited last fall and I have since been slightly obsessed with all things french. I just fell in love with the people, the food, and the cobblestone streets. Reading his take on his time there made me green with envy and flush with laughter. He did a great job discussing the difficulties of learning the language, fighting tourism, loud Americans, and lots more! Please, please, please, read this while drinking wine and think of me!

with love and sedaris fever,

Sarajane.

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