Books to Read – September Update

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hey all!

happy sunday my friends! i’ve been having such a weird weekend because i thought yesterday was sunday and i have so many things on my plate for my schedule sundays so i just freaked out! but thank g it was saturday and i still got to take my sunday chill and work on a very important art project due this week! CRAZY! i’ve got a super insane week ahead but i am ready for all it has to bring for me ahead! although i spend most of my ‘entertainment’ time watching netflix, big brother (its almost over!) and listening to podcasts (this is pretty much mostly when i am running) i’ve been hearing so much about some amazing books both coming out this fall and ones that have come  out at the end of the summer so i thought i would share them with y’all now!

also if you wanted to know, this cover photo on this post is a sketch by a famous artist that i got to sit with for TWO hours this past friday #onlyatGW #onlyinDC! its so surreal and art school is so insanely cool!

just a note, i have not read any of these books but i am very excited to get to read all of them soon! so here we go!

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by tahereh mafi 

“It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.”  – amazon 

a few years ago when i was really into the book fandom communities on twitter, i got a follow from tahereh mafi. i  had never heard of her before, so naturally i stalked her, and following a quick google search and a twitter search and i’ve basically been a fan since then. when i heard that she had a new book coming out i was so so so excited! naturally i read the  summary and was just hooked! i’m so excited to read it!

pre-order here on amazon!

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by lisa brennan jobs

“Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents―artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs―Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide, marveling at the particular magic of growing up in this family, in this place and time, while grappling with her feelings of illegitimacy and shame. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by an insightful new literary voice.”  – amazon

this one came out only just a few weeks ago but totally grabbed me by the face when it did. its written by the daughter of steve jobs, and recounts not only her role as the daughter of the creator of the device which i am typing on right now but really drags me in because of her life which i cannot even begin to relate to!

buy it here on amazon!

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by bill cunningham

“For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister’s dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city’s chicest boutiques, Bill dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. But his desires were a source of shame for his family, and after dropping out of Harvard, he had to fight them tooth-and-nail to pursue his love.

When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at opera openings and gate-crashing extravagant balls, where he would take note of the styles, new and old, watching how the gowns moved, how the jewels hung, how the hair laid on each head. This was his education, and the birth of the democratic and exuberant taste that he came to be famous for as a photographer for The New York Times. After two style mavens took Bill under their wing, his creativity thrived and he made a name for himself as a designer. Taking on the alias William J.–because designing under his family’s name would have been a disgrace to his parents–Bill became one of the era’s most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, catering to movie stars, heiresses, and artists alike. Bill’s mission was to bring happiness to the world by making women an inspiration to themselves and everyone who saw them. These were halcyon days when fashion was all he ate and drank. When he was broke and hungry he’d stroll past the store windows on Fifth Avenue and feed himself on beautiful things.

Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city’s most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away in his lifetime. He held off on sharing it–and himself–until his passing. Between these covers, is an education in style, an effervescent tale of a bohemian world as it once was, and a final gift to the readers of one of New York’s great characters.” – amazon

this book’s cover and its title really made me excited! then i read the summary and liked it even better. with my interest in the fashion industry, i think i would really love to read this and this would be a great thing – a nice and happy read of the life that i find so amazingly cool!

buy now on amazon!

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by rosie nixon

“Amber Green loves working at Smith’s, London’s ultra-exclusive boutique frequented by everyone who’s anyone, including Mona Armstrong, the stylist to the stars. She is fierce, demanding, and can make or break a career with a snap of her manicured nails.

When Mona’s latest assistant walks out and with awards season arriving faster than you can say “Rodeo Drive”, Amber finds herself agreeing to work for one of the most infamous—and volatile—women in Hollywood. And the stars aren’t much better. Amber’s life is turned inside out as she becomes familiar with all Hollywood has to offer, on and off the red carpet.

As she begins to enjoy life in the dressing rooms of the hottest stars, Amber discovers she’s the one in the spotlight when she catches the attention of two very different men. But Mona’s behavior is growing increasingly erratic and unless Amber can out-style everyone in Hollywood, she’s in danger of being Mona’s latest fashion victim.” – amazon 

with compared origins with ‘the devil wears prada’ this fiction novel is supposed to be a more updated 2018  version of a similar story. i am so excited to read more fiction about fashion in LA and amongst the stars – instead of classically in new york within the publication industry!

purchase it here on amazon!

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by jasmine guillory

“When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…” – amazon

okay, y’all know i LOVE a good romcom – to all the boys i’ve loved before DONT GET ME STARTED! i am just in the MOOD for a book like this! something nice and lighthearted with some great LA twists! what could be better!

buy it here!


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