5 Must Read Books This Spring - Lea Carmen

5 Must Read Books This Spring

Vase: Ralph Lauren// Tumbler: Kate Spade//Mixer: KitchenAid

Happy Friday friends! First of all I apologize for the dishes in the background (#wifelife). At least they were clean right?! As we head into the weekend, I wanted to share my current must read books! All of these picks have been featured on the New York Times Best Seller list and after reading them I can totally see why. I usually choose books that vary drastically in genre or topic, that way I don't get bored (lol). 

Balancing in Heels by Kristin Cavallari
Genre: Lifestyle/Autobiography

I went to high school during the MTV Laguna Beach phase. Everyone I knew watched the show. There was a clear divide between girls that liked Lauren, and girls that liked Kristin. I was such a Kristin fan! I even got my hair cut short and choppy just like hers (omg, embarrassing). This book is perfect for girls that need guidance on how to maintain a perfect (seemingly!) balance- juggling career, family, physical health, and emotional well-being. I loved that Kristin gave her fans a peek into her life in such a transparent and honest way. I highly reccommend!

The Pioneer Women Cooks Dinnertime by Ree Drummond
Genre: Recipes

Okay, okay this isn't a typical book. But it was too important not to include! When Isaak and I first got married, I literally knew maybe 5 dinner recipes by heart. This recipe book drastically up'd my cooking game. I honestly have not made a bad meal from this book. What I most like about her recipes is that she includes step by step photos of the meal making process. That way I can match colors, textures, etc of the meal making process. She is literally a meal time life saver. You need this.

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Genre: Non-Fiction

What initially drew me to this book was her and Tiny Fey's friendship. I mean serious #bffgoals. And I am so glad that I picked up this book. In her autobiography, Poehler narrates her life trials and tribulations-a look into how she managed to conquer the comedy realm (a mostly male dominated media industry). Her book is so inspiring for young girls to push themselves and go against the societal grain. Poehler actually started the organization Smart Girls, which promotes "imagination and originality over 'fitting in'". I love the social responsibility she exudes for young girls as a respected figure in the media. A great graduation gift idea!

Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

If you like Hunger Games, Divergent Series, Maze Runner-eque type post-apocolptic stories, this is the next big hit. I first came across this series when Brown guest appeared on the Kidd Kraddick morning show (I listen religiously to this morning radio show). Brown's charismatic personality drew me to his books. Morning Star is the latest novel in the Red Rising trilogy. Once I start once of his books I have a hard time putting them down, seriously they are that good. His stories feature action scenes, political drama, love interests, and jaw dropping twists and turns. I haven't finished this one but probably will this weekend.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Genre: Autobiography 

You know when people ask "If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would you choose?". My answer every time is Anthony Bourdain. I so wish I could have his job, eating his way through every country imaginable and getting paid for it- I mean c'mon! Bourdain's book sheds light on his less than glamorous adventures in the east coast culinary industry. After reading this book you will have an extreme respect for people who work in the food/beverage industry. This book is very true to Bourdain's sarcastic, borderline offensive personality. I reccommend this book to readers that have passionate culinary interests.

What books are you reading this Spring? Leave suggestions for me in the comment section below.
Have a great weekend! 

xo, Lea

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