As fall has started, the leaves are beginning to change and move with the breeze. People are breaking out their sweaters and scarves, it’s becoming prime time to stay inside and read books!
I’ve recently found a website I have completely fallen in love with, Cup of Jo has informed me in a recent post that October is National book month! I never knew this before and I am ecstatic! Reading is one of my favorite activities, especially while I can hear the rain coming down outside. Having a cup of coffee or tea, a book in hand and snuggled under a blanket on the couch is something I dream about.
In honor of Book Month, I wanted to let you know about the books I currently have in rotation.
IT’S MESSY: ESSAYS ON BOYS, BOOBS, AND BFFS by Amanda de Cadenet
If you love hearing from strong and articulate women? Do yourself a favor, and pick this book up from Amazon or your local library. Amanda de Cadenet is an incredible influence on facilitating a dialogue between women, making sure they are heard. She interviews powerful women with a story to tell on her show, The Conversation, and this book is an extension of that. It shows a closer look into her own experiences and how they have shaped her into the woman she is. De Cadenet doesn’t give you a rosy look into her life, but gives a front row look into every incredible and imperfect part. As cliche as it sounds, she really doesn’t shy away from sharing the good, the bad and especially the ugly.
I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK by Michelle Mcnamara
If you’re interested in true crime, like listening to podcasts like My Favorite Murder and hearing about the Golden State Killer? Read. This. Book. Also known as EARONS, the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker terrorized the greater Sacramento area, parts of the Bay Area and Southern California for 40+ years. And although we know who this man is now, this book is still a great look into Michelle Mcnamara’s investigation into this elusive killer.
For the past few years, I have had bad luck when buying books. I just haven’t found anything I like, so I’ve been using my local library. However, this is the first book I have spent money on in years. That’s how you know I’m truly invested in learning more about this awful man that terrorized my town for many, many years. It’s weird to know that I haven’t live more than 15 minutes from him my whole life, sends shivers throughout my spine just thinking about it.
A FREEWHEELIN’ TIME: A MEMOIR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE IN THE SIXTIES by Suze Rotolo
Bob Dylan was the epitome of the 60s, just when folk music was exploding and expanding. Suze Rotolo telling her firsthand account of Greenwich Village during a time of uneasiness and growth. She was a young woman when she met Dylan, they were inseparable as he was transforming into the voice of a generation. Rotolo brilliantly describes participating in the civil rights movement, her time with Dylan and being a woman before the Women’s Liberation.
I bought this book a few years ago, but haven’t had a chance to read it. Earlier in the summer, I had the fortunate opportunity to spend time in New York. I got to walk around Greenwich Village and stand their in awe of the beautiful architecture it offers. Seeing where Dylan and Rotolo lived and took the photo for the cover of Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was incredible and has me excited to read her memoir.
SOUTH AND WEST: FROM A NOTEBOOK by Joan Didion
Taking place on a road trip, South and West shows Joan Didion and her husband, John Dunne, traveling from California to New York. In this notebook she details her journey and the people they meet along the way. She uses her notebook to write about the world around them, the pace of life and the issues she finds in every town they pass through (Good Reads).
The 1970s fascinate me, it is a period in time I wish I could have lived through. The music, the art, the fashion, the creative thinking that shaped the time. This is something that Joan Didion writes about in this notebook of hers. I don’t know if you read that right, this is just a notebook. Not a special, hand-crafted novel with twists and turns. Her notebook! Bonus: I found this book at Beers Books in Sacramento, and as I was scanning through her books I learned that Didion is actually from Sacramento. This fact put a smile on my face.
BLOG, INC.: BLOGGING FOR PASSION, PROFIT, AND TO CREATE COMMUNITY by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
If you haven’t noticed, I am new to this thing called blogging. It is something I have always wanted to do and I have gone into this blind. I can honestly say, I have no idea what I am doing. But isn’t that the fun of it? Yes, but I feel nauseous and worried I am doing it wrong, and at the same time there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it.
In true Alyssa fashion though, I have picked up some extra materials to help guide me as I begin my blogging journey. I have just started this book and I have already taken note of a few things I need to do. It is an incredibly helpful tool, they teach you how to set up your website, protect your work, fight bloggers block, build a community and much more.
If you want to see more titles I am excited about, head over to my GoodReads page. They are all listed there and I always welcome more recommendations >> Alyssa’s Good Reads page