Are you looking for a new book to read? The iamClaire. Editors share their top recommendations for this month. Let us know what you're currently reading by tagging us on Instagram @iamclaireph.
Gianna Banzon, Lifestyle Editor
Switching careers can be extremely terrifying. Oftentimes we find ourselves tolerating a job that doesn’t necessarily make us happy simply because it’s comfortable, familiar, or secure. We put our passions on hold in favor of stability.
Although these reasons are valid, they shouldn’t stop us from pursuing our dreams. This is precisely what DKNY PR Girl and social media superstar Aliza Licht talks about in Leave Your Mark. Drawing from her own experiences with failure and success, she shares insider secrets and tips on how to land your dream job, kill it at your career, and rock social media.
What I like most about this book is that it’s not preachy or unattainable. Aliza takes on the role of a supportive mentor and cheerleader and gives real-life advice on how to tackle specific situations, like how to write a proper cover letter or how to ask for a promotion. It is s a light and fun read packed with useful tips that will help you not only succeed in your career but also enjoy what you’re doing.
Pong Castillo, Health & Wellness Editor
Allie Brosh writes about life, unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that may have happened to her in this novel so funny and absurd it’s almost too true to life.
The author was first recognized as a webcomic artist and blogger, sharing life in the simplest ways she can—illustrated through exaggeratedly simple Paintrbush images, and slapstick humor. But she does so while talking about compelling issues like “adulting,” mental health, and training a dog—and horribly failing at it. She fronts humor for a more complex matter and emotions.
Why do I like this book? Well, I’m not even sure if I do, but I’m certain it hits you with stunning realization. Aren’t we all good at fronting humor for more complex matters and emotions?
KC Cabanos, Associate Beauty Editor
I know I really love a book when I read it multiple times. I'm currently re-reading Paula McLain's The Paris Wife, a fictionalized retelling of Ernest Hemingway's early life as a journalist and aspiring writer living in Paris in the 1920s.
Much has been written about Hemingway, a near-mythical figure in literature. His enormous talent was overshadowed only by his thrilling and tumultuous personal life, multiple marriages, and eventual death by suicide.
What I like about The Paris Wife is that it lets its reader in on a richly imagined happier, more optimistic time, with a young, unknown Hemingway hobnobbing with Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and the other personalities that make up the "Lost Generation". Think Midnight In Paris, but darker and more somber.
What I love about The Paris Wife is that the real focus of the novel isn’t Hemingway at all, but Hadley Richardson. Hadley is the first and least known Mrs. Hemingway. Her greatest claim to fame is probably losing the original manuscript and only copy of Hemingway’s first novel. It was never recovered.
This novel lovingly turns the spotlight on Hadley and gives voice to the interesting, complicated woman largely ignored in history in favor of Hemingway’s more glamorous and successful wives.
Not a spoiler: They don’t end up together. Years after their divorce, Hemingway famously said of Hadley, “I wish I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.”
Dana Manuel, Beauty Writer
The third installment of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, Rich People Problems is as hilarious and outrageous as the first two books. From backstabbing family members and insane fortunes, to the powerful personalities and the decadent food, this novel never fails to amuse making it impossible to put down. Following China Rich Girlfriend, the story continues with matriarch, Shang Su Yi, on her deathbed.
The family scrambles and the scheming for inheritance ensues. Aside from extravagant lifestyles and crazy antics, the book also paints a vivid picture of Asian culture that comes close to heart. I’m sure we can all relate to it at some point.
The characters are all crazy and charming in their own way that it’s hard not to like them. Kevin Kwan’s trilogy has easily become my guilty pleasure for this reason and more. I recommend Rich People Problems along with the first two books if you want a roller coaster ride into the lives of Asian high society.
P.S. They are making a movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians to bring our favorite rich snobs to life. Better read up before it comes out!
Carla Hermoso, Content Writer
A Wrinkle in Time is a great read if you love science fiction and fantasy novels. It’s a story about familial love, friendship and devotion. The story begins with Meg Murry, a young girl who embarks on a journey through time and space to save her father, a brilliant scientist, held captive by evil forces from another planet. Throughout the story, we see Meg transform from a shy and awkward girl to a brave and confident young lady as she travels to a fifth dimension with her brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe.
This book is the inspiration for an upcoming Disney theatrical performance set to premiere in 2018.