It can feel impossible to find time to read through a single Blog post these days, let alone an entire book. But we’re making the case for finding some more quality reading time, because really, there is nothing so satisfying or fulfilling as finishing an incredible book. They can be life-changing, they keep our imaginations and our sense of wonder alive, they teach us, challenge us, inspire and entertain us.
Here at the Tata Harper offices, we have found that we’re all pretty big readers; there’s always something inviting to page through on our bedside tables, and we’re often sharing tips on great beach books or cozy-couch page-turners. Here’s a little update on what we’ve been reading lately, along with a quick review of each.
Have you read any of the books below? If so, tell us what you thought!
Girlboss by Sophia Amuroso. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has checked out Nasty Gal that this book, by the company’s founder, is as entertaining as it is informative. It’s a motivating read, full of quirky and important suggestions for how to identify your dream, however weird it may be, how to work really hard for it and how to succeed, without succumbing to rookie entrepreneurial mistakes. Sophia is confident, sassy and super-smart, and she’s a pleasure to hang out with, via the pages of this awesome you-can-do-it book. If you’re thinking about leaping into a new business of your own someday, this is a MUST read.
Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra. This book marries the worlds of spiritual health and physical health like only Deepak can do. It’s a guide for getting the energy of the body on track to support long-term health and happiness; he teaches us about the spiritual union between body and soul, and how we can use our energies, our intentions, our instincts and our emotions to feel more complete, and more at ease. If you’re prone to feeling a little lost in the world sometimes, this is a powerful book. It’s very accessible and easy to understand; we couldn’t recommend it more.
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda. This miniature read barely requires explanation – is there anything so delicate, sweet and enchanting as a Pablo Neruda poem about love? Keep it at your bedside for a nightly meditation on love… plus, it’s just such a pretty little edition.
Breasts: a Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams. This book describes itself as “an engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate”, giving you a little bit of an idea about the undeniably fascinating content within. Chock-full of cool info, such as the origin of boob jobs (with some insane stories about boob-jobs-gone-wrong!), and scary info, such as how puberty and breast development is happening at earlier and younger ages than ever thanks to hormone-mimicking chemicals in our environment. In sum, every woman should read this book, because even as our breasts give life to us and define our femininity, they endanger us, too.
The Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl and Spoon by Sara Forte. Oh, what a cookbook! We are smitten with Sara’s latest book for two reasons: the recipes are practical/awesome/delicious/accessible, and the photography is gorgeous/mouth-watering/so unique. Don’t you agree that everything tastes better when all of the flavors are meant to be enjoyed all-at-once? Ie, food is better when it’s in a bowl, all piled up and delicious. This book is full of ideas for just that, with simple recipes and complicated ones, and everything in between. The Fortes have done it again.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Maybe you’ve noticed the gigantic, full-page ads for the new Broadway musical based on this book dominating the Arts & Style section of the New York Times? Yes, that’s the level of excitement that this gripping, emotional, fascinating story has garnered. Fun Home is an autobiographical graphic novel, spanning Alison’s youth from ages 11 till 20 or so, that tells the story of her troubled relationship with her father, who runs a funeral home and is a closeted, tormented homosexual. It’s sad, hilarious, beautiful and brilliant. Alison, as the reflective protagonist, takes us through the dark, weird patches of her past with such honesty and levity that it’s hard not to feel like her best friend when it’s all over. Plus, when was the last time you read a comic book?
Fill us in on what you’re currently loving in the Comments below – who knows, maybe we’ll pick it up and review it next time!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.