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End-of-Year Must-Reads! (my fake book club)


End-of-Year Must-Reads! (my fake book club)

Meg Schmidt

OMG! 2016 is winding down!!! Under a fur throw blanket and some 'me' time- I NEED to finish reading these books! Today is November 28th- Can I complete all 5 on this list before the ball drops in Times Square? I have so much on my December schedule: A trip (tell you later), managing this blog, company holiday party (yes I have a day job), and heading home to mom in NY for Christmas. If I can't finish all- would you mind choosing a book and telling me about it in 2017? Aight- that's a bet.  

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"The List": 

1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

2. Assholes, by Aaron James

3. Americanah, by Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche

4. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!, by Richard P. Feynman

5. My Name is Curtis Snow and I'm a G, by Curtis Snow and MY FRIEND Calvin Stovall 

Photo: Meg Schmidt

Pretty diverse list, right? Well- I stumbled on "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and "Assholes" on the Bestseller's table one afternoon in Barnes & Noble.  Both titles grabbed my attention...

My boss read "Americanah" this Summer and has been raving about it since- so she let me borrow it and is impatiently waiting to hear my review...

One of my mentors is an Albert Einstein stan- so I asked him one day for a book recommendation and instead he thought it was best to introduce me to Richard P. Feynman, first. So that's how I ended up with #4.  (real mentors give reading assignments)

Last but certainly not least is a book by a man who many came to know through the Netflix streamed film, 'Snow on tha Bluff'. I won't go into the details of the movie- 'cause, if you know, you know. If you don't, you can grab your cuffin' season partner, sign on to Netflix right now and see if it's still available. My good friend, Calvin Stovall wrote this memoir with Curtis himself. Also- I was lucky to get my copy SIGNED by both of 'em. Thanks Cal! 

I love baking, cooking, traveling, music, photography, sewing, dancing- YOU NAMEEEEE IT! Yet and still, nothing compares to being wrapped up in a GOOD book. In a world where the attention span of this generation is getting shorter and shorter- I still believe in the power of literature! Visual communication has become the norm, but artistic expression through words is still relevant and a fun place to learn something new!  Pick one or all of these books and shoot me an email to tell me what you think! : )