Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Club

Since November I have been reading voraciously, often more than a novel a day. There are so many great books out there, and it is so fun and easy to get transported to another world! Every time I have a few minutes, or better yet, a few hours, I whip out the iPad and read. I have enough books stored on there to keep me busy for years, but that is a whole 'nother story, so to speak.

On New Year's Day, around 5 AM, I started reading Tim Gunn's Gunn's Golden Rules, What a perfect book to start the New Year! It is so uplifting and inspiring, and thought-provoking. I read all day, eating up Tim's witty prose and anecdotes, especially the behind-the-scenes Project Runway scoop. I am such a Tim Gunn Geek. I finished the book around 10 PM, and felt like I had given myself a wonderful New Year's gift!

These are Tim's rules:

Make it work!
The world owes you . . . Nothing!
Take the high road.
Don't abuse your power -- or surrender it.
Get inspired if it kills you.
Never underestimate Karma.
Niceties are nice.
Physical comfort is overrated.
Talk to me: there's always another side to the story.
Be a good guest or stay home (I won't judge you - I hate parties).
Use technology; don't let it use you.
Don't lose your sense of smell.
Know what to get off your chest and what to take to your grave.
When in Rome . . . I still wouldn't eat monkey brains.
When you need help, get it.
Take risks! Playing it safe is never really safe.
Give back (but know your limits).
Carry on!

He fills each chapter with wonderful, applicable life lessons, and I truly treasure this book!

Two other excellent books I read over the holidays:

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I was able to digitally borrow both of these from my local library (free, free, free!) - if you enjoy reading digital books, you should really check to see if your library has a digital loan system. I have literally "borrowed" hundreds of books this way already, and what could be easier and more affordable?

Happy Reading!


dreaminofbeads said...

I have to read the Tim Gunn book. I just got a kindel for Christmas and have not made it to the library yet (lost my card) to get the digital capability.

Sweet Freedom said...

You'll love the book! It is worth owning, even a hard copy, IMO. It has even inspired a jewelry design I hope to make tomorrow, while watching Project Runway DVDs!