Monday, December 12, 2011

Recent Reads + A Giveaway!

Since moving to Amsterdam I've been reading a lot more. I feel totally guilty sitting on the train on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so instead, I read. And I've come across some amazing books that I just had to share with you! Here's a brief synopsis of each of my most recent reads - all so amazing!! I highly, highly recommend each one!
The Happiness Project: This New York Times best seller is the memoir of the year author Gretchen Rubin spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. An inspiring read for even the happiest person.

The Paris Wife: This unforgettable (dare I say haunting) novel tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley: How they met and fell in love, and then about their remarkable time spent in Paris among literary greats like Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. This is an amazing, heart wrenching love story. Weeks after I've finished it I can't stop thinking about it!

What Alice Forgot: Straight from Amazon: Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

Bossy Pants: Tina Fey's hilarious tell-all about how she got to Weekend Update and 30 Rock, motherhood, marriage and so much more. If you like Tina Fey, you'll love her book!

And since it's the season of giving, and I loved these books so much, I decided that I'd host a little giveaway! Whoever wins can pick whichever one of these books sounds the best and I'll ship it to them - my little Christmas gift to you! If you'd like to win you just have to:

+Follow Explore.Dream.Discover.
+Leave a comment and tell me which book you'd like to win & make sure to include your email!
+You can tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry (separate comment with a link to the tweet, please!)

I'll close the giveaway and choose a winner at random (using this Friday, December 16, 2011!

Good luck!