Celebrities are often put on a pedestal and looked to for inspiration and advice. It may be arguable whether celebs are worth this admiration—they are real people, just like you and me!—but there are the special few who have been able to take their life experiences to heart and share with us their wisdom. Some share health advice, some lifestyle or diet advice, and other share stories and experiences to connect with their fans.
Take a look at my top five celebrity books released in 2016 that are worth the purchase!
1. The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time – Cameron Diaz
Just by looking at Cameron, it’s all too obvious how well she takes care of her body. It turns out that Cameron knows how to take care of her mind too. Cameron’s book is full of information based on not only her personal experience, but on science and nutrition, making it practical, educational, and empowering. We want to give an honorable mention to The Body Book too, released just a bit earlier!
2. Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is so many things: actress, writer, producer, director and inspiration to many young girls and women. In this collection of personal essays, Mindy writes about her experiences and lessons in life, love, and career without a filter. Mindy is able to connect with the every-woman and by the end of each book, you’ll feel like you just made a new best friend. Also check out Mindy’s previous book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for more great Mindy stories.
3. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is one of the smartest and hardest working women in Hollywood. In her book, Shonda confronts her introverted self and spends a year saying “yes!” In sharing her journey, Shonda will inspire you to live your life to the fullest, how you want to, doing what will make you happy.
4. Wildflower – Drew Barrymore
Wildflower isn’t Drew’s first foray into writing, but it’s certainly her best effort to date. It tells the stories, past and present, of this former wild child star turned America’s girl next door. Drew uses humor and honesty to share stories of her past with perspective from the present.
5. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
Anna is like your best friend—she says what you’re thinking, when you’re thinking it, with boldness and humor. Sometimes I wonder how she is able to get inside my brain and read my exact thoughts! She has proclaimed herself as awkward, weird, and unusual, and her essays will make you feel a thousand times better about the weirdness you never knew you shared with one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
The number of literary to big screen adaptations seems to grow each year. As controversial as book to movie adaptations can be for literary fans, with the right studio, a well-written book can come alive and turn into a great film. Check out my recommendations for the best literary to big screen adaptations of this year, cozy up with a good book, and look forward to its film.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train is on track to be the best psychological thriller of the year, both in book and movie form.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
An undead twist on a classic, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy with—if it wasn’t obvious already—zombies!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
One of the most anticipated films of the year is also one of the last to come out. Miss Peregrine is scheduled for release on Christmas day. If you’re into creepy, edge-of-your-seat stories, this is the one for you.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Mike and Dave Stangle
Not all literary adaptations have to be masterpieces! Mike and Dave is a fun, lighthearted story and worth your time if you’re in need of a laugh.
If you not only love fashion as a form of self-expression, but also find the ins and outs of the industry itself fascinating, you may find yourself wanting to go beyond blogs and fashion magazines. Good news: it’s easy to delve further!
I’ve rounded up my five favorite books about fashion and style below. These books give a behind-the-scenes look at the industry from those who have essentially created it from the ground up, and from those whose lives it has deeply impacted. From development to photography to marketing, you’ll get all kinds of influential fashion commentary.
1. Women in Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanna Shapton, and more
Get thought-provoking perspectives on fashion from those who know it best: women like you. The authors of this book surveyed over six hundred women about their views on fashion, giving us wonderfully revealing conversations about what fashion can say, and how it can impact your life.
2. Mario Testino: In Your Face, by Mario Testino
This book is filled with photos of the most fabulous fashion moments and will make the most gorgeous coffee book table. You’ll want to open and read it over and over again.
3. The Sartorialist: Closer, by Scott Schuman
I love street style shots more than any high fashion or runway photography. I love seeing how real people in this world dress and express themselves. If you do too, then this book—from renowned street style photographer Scott Schuman—is for you.
4. I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist, by Betty Halbreich
Betty spent forty years of her life as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, and she has the stories to prove it. Hilarious, charming, and personal, Betty chronicles how she has been able to help women learn how to find their true selves with the help of fashion.
5. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion, by Maureen Callahan
There will never be another decade like the ‘90s. In my humble opinion, it was the best decade for fashion and music, and the last before technology overtook our lives. This book chronicles the best of the best in its unique fashion culture.
Forget delivery and ordering into the office every day; there’s no better time to experiment in the kitchen, try new flavors, and get your Iron Chef on! Step up your cooking game with these four cookbooks that belong on your counter:
1. Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy is pretty much everyone’s spirit animal and a total beast in the kitchen, so it’s no wonder that her cookbook is spreading like wildfire. The book is divided into sections like “Party Time,” “Sh*t on Toast,” and “Things That Intimidate People but Shouldn’t.” You’ll fall in love with her wit and recipes like John’s Famous Fried Chicken with Spicy Honey Butter.
2. It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth shares more than 125 of her most healthy and delicious recipes from lazy breakfasts to easy dinners. My favorites include the Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap and Pita Bread Pizzas.
3. The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio
This book features more than 100 simple vegetarian recipes starring fresh and delicious seasonal produce. It’s the perfect inspiration for quick and impromptu cooking!
4. Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater by Fanny Slater
Fanny makes one-of-a-kind recipes approachable yet stunning enough to earn you the title of “Top Chef” among your friends and family. Try her Butternut Squash Tacos with Apple-Fennel Slaw, and you’ll never look back.
Winter is going strong, and there’s no better time to fuel your wanderlust. Here are my must-read books to inspire your next big trip:
1. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas. These four accomplished French women have a fun, fresh take on what it means to be a Parisienne. They also share their address book for where to go in Paris no matter what you’re doing in the city. Trust me, you’ll want to put on a beret and hop on the next plane to France ASAP.
2. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. This memoir follows Elizabeth after a difficult divorce as she attempts to find happiness in Italy, India and Bali.
3. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure, by Rachel Friedman. Rachel’s memoir is a great book for anyone considering traveling abroad alone. This book will inspire you to book your flight with or without a travel buddy.
4. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. In the midst of a messy divorce and in the wake of her mother’s funeral, Cheryl decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This story of redemption explores her path through the wilderness as she confronts her demons.
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