Reading and Watching


If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen a few of these book covers, but I thought I'd share a little more about the books and movies that I've been enjoying recently (plus a few that I haven’t started yet, but am excited about). What about you? What have you been reading and watching lately? I always love hearing your recommendations!

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Reading and watching: Books and movies that I’ve been loving recently

1. One More Thing by B.J. Novak. I was flipping through this at our local bookstore and I almost bought it…then I saw it at our library the same week. Serendipitous! I haven’t started it yet, but it looks funny. // 2. Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels. Melissa is a fellow Seattle blogger (from The Inspired Room). She has great style and is a really inspiring person overall. // 3. Chef. This is my favorite movie that I’ve seen recently. So cute! And it’s available to watch instantly on Netflix. Just don’t watch it hungry. // 4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Who doesn’t love Amy? I am in the middle of this book right now and racing to finish it before it’s due at the library in a couple days…it’s totally hilarious and fun. You should definitely read it! // 5. Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford by Desha Peacock. I picked this book up mostly because of the title, plus the photos are really beautiful and inspiring (which, let’s be honest, is the main criteria with a design book). I’m looking forward to reading it too and hearing what her tips are for budget-friendly decorating! // 6. Big Hero 6. Ben picked this one out the other night, and I didn’t expect much…but it was adorable! // 7. The Theory of Everything. I’d been wanting to see this movie for a long time, and we finally saw it last week. SO GOOD, you guys. If you haven’t seen it yet, it lives up to the hype! // 8. Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor. I included this book in my latest wish list, and my sister-in-law got it for me this month (thanks, Ellen!). I looove it. // 9. Materially Crafted by Victoria Hudgins. My DIY wood slice coasters (aka the first DIY project that I ever shared on this blog) are in this book! Super exciting for me…but besides that, there are tons of other awesome, creative projects in it.

Reading & watching

So, have you read or seen any of these? What did you think of them? And don’t forget to share your suggestions with me too!

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  1. Posted by Courtney Shelton on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

    We must be reading each others minds today! haha ....so awesome too that you're in that book!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

      Yesss! We’re totally on the same page (GET IT?!). I hadn’t heard of Victoria’s book…I’ll definitely have to check that out. Joy’s looks super fun and cute too!
  2. Posted by Kerry on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

    Congrats! So cool about your crafty debut.
    I've got Amy Poehler's book (on tape) and I'm almost done with Tina Fey's Bossypants ~ cry laughing over that one!

    Lisa TerKeurst: The Best Yes (reading)
    Jennie Allen: Anything (next up)
    Sophia Amoruso: #GIRLBOSS (just finished)
    Gwenyth Paltrow: It's All Good (yum!! Just got)
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

      Thanks Kerry! I need to read Bossypants. And your other book suggestions all look great too!! The only one I’ve read of those is #GIRLBOSS--I loved it.
  3. Posted by Lauren on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

    Your blog is so, so cute! I really want to read Yes Please, too! I am on the wait list at the library.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

      Aww, thank you!!! It’s so good…worth the wait :)
  4. Posted by Savannah on Saturday, April 4th, 2015

    I've been wanting to read BJ Novak's book and I loved Yes Please! I also really enjoyed Chef and now I want to find a good cuban restaurant so badly.

    Congrats on being in Materially Crafted, I will definitely check it out!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, April 6th, 2015

      Yay! Twins. And thank you so much--you definitely should check out Materially Crafted! LOTS of fabulous ideas in there.