What Are You Reading: #YEGBLOGPODIUMSQUAD Edition

One of the things I love about the ladies in the #yegblogpodiumsquad (whom I had the pleasure of attending blogpodium with over the summer) is that they are all incredibly smart women. These girls are not only kind and supportive, they're intelligent, funny and incredibly well read which is something I really admire. 

I love to read but quite often I get lazy and netflix trumps opening a book which is why I spoke about reading more in my quest to become a morning person. After Kristina from Inspired by Lynne put together a fun gift guide with a bunch of amazing edmonton bloggers, I was inspired to start a feature called "What Are You Reading" (thanks for the inspo Kristina!).  Selfishly, it motivates me to continue to read more (I have a goal to read 25 books this year) and gives me great suggestions but I hope it also introduces you to some of my favorite peeps here in Edmonton. For my first edition I wanted to start with the ladies who inspired the idea, the gals of #yegblogpodiumsquad. So here you go, I hope you get inspired and, I'd love to hear in the comments what you're reading!

blogger book club

Me- 204 Park (D'uh! haha)

 You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero

If a book has a swear in the title, it's safe to say I'm all over it. haha In all seriousness though, while I'm not normally the "self help book" type, I've heard really great reviews about this hilarious book that's all about creating a life you will love living which I am all for! What's not to love about that?! 

Breanne - Breanne Marie Photography

The Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant

Like any good art history student I am a SUCKER for historical fiction - and this is a great one! Time Period: Florence under Medici rule, which means everyone is plagued by extreme religious fear. Like any good renaissance novel, art and the beautiful masterminds behind it seem to hold some special power. ;)

Nicole - Dutchie Love

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith, which is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, one of my favourite authors!

The book is the second in a series of whodunit novels featuring Cormoran Strike, a private investigator. In The Silkworm, Strike is investigating the disappearance of author Owen Quine. As the investigation continues, Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, just before his latest manuscript gets published. The manuscript features scathing representations of many people in his life - giving the perfect motive for murder.

I picked it because I had read the first book by Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling, and loved it. I'm a sucker for classic crime novels by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, so I thought I'd give it a try!

Aislin - MrandMrsL

Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín

This historical fiction is likely to be my last 'fun' read until uni wraps up in April and so far, I am quite happy with my decision. The storyline of a young lady who leaves home & begins anew in Brooklyn, whilst navigating tender heartaches & quite the list of coming-of-age-isms, is so similar to that of my own grandparents' journey to Canada. They too departed a small town in Ireland, travelled by ocean liner to North America, and lived the emotional turmoil of being so very far away from everything & everyone they'd ever known. I am halfway through and the words are smooth, the story detailed, the characters interesting, and the city mesmerizing.

Kristina - Inspired by Lynne

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Typically, I read a lot more fiction than anything else, but I have always been a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s. When I saw she had written a book on creativity, I knew I needed to read it. I feel like I have reached a point in my life where I need some added inspiration and a new perspective on how I can tackle what I love most, and how I can face some of my biggest fears. And so far, I am loving this read and finding it to be a great source of inspiration!

Janine - My Pennies My Thoughts

Why Not Me - Mindy Kaling

I just finished Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling, I picked it up as a light read while I was studying for my CPA exam. Now that it's over I'm going to be reading The little book that still beats the market by Joel Greenblatt.