let's talk about books

If you know me, then you know I love to read. 
If you have been inside my home, then you know I am bananas for books!
I am running out of places to put them. There are stacks of them everywhere!

Books have always been so important to me, even as a kid, I would get lost in a book, and I would always want to re-read my favorite book over and over. 
I was just talking to a friend about the power of the written word. And I have really been learning about it's power since I have been writing more myself and have been part of a weekly Writers Group. 
Some people connect to a song or a movie, a painting or a poem. Every kind of art has a magical quality. Art has the ability to connect us to our heart, our core, our truth. It sometimes reveals truths in us that we never knew were there. And really amazing artists have the ability to express something we know but are unable to express ourselves. And that is so powerful! It always amazes me! The truth of our hearts being revealed by another. Someone who doesn't even know us! 
During grad school I was so overwhelmed with all the reading we had to do that reading that I actually wanted to do took a back seat. I needed a break from reading for a few months after school was done, but got back into it and it reminded me again how much I love it and how important it is to me. Reading is such an intimate act for me. It both connects me and transports me at the same time.

wow... Where am I going with all of this? - All of this to say that I am starting a feature on the blog where I get to talk about and discover new books! YAY! Every so often I will do a post of favorite books and books being read by my friends and myself. And you are also welcome to leave the titles of your favorite books and current reads in the comments! I would love to hear all about them. I want this to be a place where you can check in if you are looking for a new book. 

So... here we go!

- Me -

My Favorite Books 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion - I read this book so long ago when I first moved to LA. It changed the way I thought about being a woman, about being a thinker, about living in California, about writing... about everything really. This book is usually in my bag. I am constantly re-reading it. I love Joan Didion. 

In Search of Lost Time: Volume 1, Swann's Way by Marcel Proust - I have never fallen in love with a book the way I did when I read this one. I was living in Paris, and I remember some days just reading a page or a sentence because I never wanted it to end. (this version is the most beautiful translation)

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington - This book is magical, and hilarious, and strange, and delightful! She's also a rad painter

Books I Just Finished

D.V. by Diane Vreeland - The brilliant memoir of Madame Vreeland. I found a copy that was my grandmothers when I was home this summer. It's such a fun and fascinating read: Parisian night clubs in the 1930's, hanging out with Chanel, Warhol, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the amazing Isak Dinesen, Clark Gable and more! Di-vine!

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed - This is a group of letters from Strayed's advice column. She writes with compassion, honesty, wisdom, humor and guts! It is such a great read.

- Ann

Favorite Summer Beach Read

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Currently Reading

Rabbit Novels by John Updike - A series of books where Updike follows one character through four decades from the fifties to the eighties.  Masterful books whose themes center on sex and death. 

- Jane Anne

All Time Favorite

Mists of the Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Just Finished

Currently Reading

Sophie's Choice by William Styron 

Happy reading!

(top two photos by Kate Danson. bottom two by me)


  1. what a genius feature L !!!
    you're always thinkin' you ...

  2. brilliant! thank you for sharing this!

  3. oh i love this so much!

    i also love slouching towards bethlehem, and gift form the sea. dying to read d.v. and tiny beautiful things. i also own a very old copy of sophie's choice that i haven't read. wow, so many books!

    i am always reading creative visualization by shakti gawain. favorite. i've also just started the lacuna by barbara kingsolver. and i think when i'm finished with that i want a good, long book to start for fall. maybe anna karenina.

    yay for books! xo

  4. thank you Kelly and Lili! maybe we should start a Lucile book club? ;)

    and thanks Joanna! I actually totally thought of you while reading D.V. - you would go bonkers for it! it's so fantastic and fun! she is amazing!

    i am going to have to check out "creative visualization" (has Jennifer read this? i think she might have also told me about it) and "lacuna"
    and anna karenina sounds perfect for fall! i listened to it in the studio last winter!

    and YAY for BOOKS indeed!

    love you ladies!