My Reading List – Steal Like An Artist, The Happiness Project and The Fault In Our Stars

2 Apr


As you may recall, one of my resolutions was to read more.  I love to read, however rarely seem to make time to do so. Well, I’m happy to report I’ve managed to keep this resolution and have read 2.5 books! Full disclosure – I’m only halfway through The Happiness Project. Although I’m enjoying it so much, I may finish the book by the end of the week!

If you’re looking to add some great reads to your book list, then I would definitely recommend Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Each one is insightful and definitely worth reading. Here’s a quick review of each:


The Fault in Our Stars book review

It seems like everyone and their sister is reading this book. Its graced nearly every book club reading list and the movie is coming out this spring. To be honest I was pretty hesitant to read this book. I really wasn’t that excited to read a love story about two teenagers with cancer. I’m still recovering from the movie A Walk to Remember. But I finally gave in and purchased the book right before my recent trip to the UK. Because it’s a young adult book, it’s a super easy read and I managed to finish it quite quickly. So how did I like it? Well, to be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. Wait a minute – didn’t I just recommend the book to you a second ago? Yes indeed I did. I think it was wonderfully well written and the characters are real and lovable. What I didn’t like so much was the cancer. As heartwarming as the book was, it’s hard for me to love a book that makes me cry. So if you don’t mind shedding a few tears, then you better join the masses and get to reading before the movie comes out!


Steal Like An Artist book review

I love this book. I love it so much I’ve already started to read it again! I came across an article reviewing Steal Like An Artist a few months ago (I linked to it here) and was amazed at how much insight I gained just from the excerpts. It’s a really quick read and features lots of fun illustrations. This book is about the importance of finding inspiration, bettering your craft (whatever it may be) and constructing a life that cherishes creativity and promotes results. Every pearl of wisdom is easy to digest and implement in your daily life. So if you’re in a creativity rut or simply want to live life better, than this book is for you.


The Happiness Project book review

As I mentioned above, I am only halfway through this book, however I like it so much I know I will finish it by the weekend. Now this book is actually somewhat controversial and the reviews are mixed. Why? Well the author had a pretty great life before she started her happiness project, so many felt her quest for more happiness was entitled and naive. Critics would say, “there are real people with real life struggles and this gal (the author) had the gall to think she deserves more than the average person.” Although I can somewhat understand this viewpoint, I think it’s silly to think we are all allowed only a finite amount of happiness and expecting more is shameful.

All too often the bestselling self-help books are written by and for people who have hit rock bottom. And I simply (and thankfully) can’t really relate to most rock-bottom life circumstances. I’m employed, I found someone to marry me and I do fun crafty things on the weekend. Although I would classify myself as happy, I could certainly be happier. And Gretchen Rubin gave me permission to find more happiness. Some of the tips in this book are silly and some are really insightful, so if you’re looking to add a bit more happiness to your life, this book outlines a path.

Now that I have nearly finished three books, I’m looking for recommendations. What book have you read lately that you just couldn’t put down?



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9 Responses to “My Reading List – Steal Like An Artist, The Happiness Project and The Fault In Our Stars”

  1. Sarah April 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    I just finished reading Island Girls by Nancy Thayer. I loved it and it got me in the mood for summer! I liked it so much I started reading another of her books.

    • allputtogether April 4, 2014 at 4:30 am #

      Thanks Sarah! I will add it to the list – I love a good summer read. 🙂

  2. Kate April 3, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    I love the Fault in our Stars! I cannot wait for that movie to come out!! I have both of those other books, I need to get around to reading them. Maybe that is what I will start reading this month. 🙂

    • allputtogether April 4, 2014 at 4:27 am #

      Still trying to decide if I want to see the movie…I just know I will spend the time balling my eyes out!! Although I am interested in how they portray the mean author they visit in Amsterdam.

  3. Beverley jenkins April 3, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    These books do dound good and if they’re quick reads I’m inspired already thanks!xxx

  4. Cyndi April 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    I’m in a book club and we read some pretty heady things. We had great discussions about “The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh; “The Wild,” by Cheryl Stayed; & “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain (if you are interested in Hemingway). I liked “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers (a book about social media on steroids – eye opening) and “Fifth Avenue, 5 AM,” by Sam Wasson if you are an Audrey Hepburn fan. Steal Like an Artist and The Happiness Project sound like ones I might like. Thanks for the reviews.

    • allputtogether April 4, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      Thanks for all the suggestions Cyndi! I have heard awesome things about the Paris Wife and The Circle. I’ll put those two on my list for sure!

  5. Laura April 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi Andi, I like the book recommendations you listed. The book “The Circle” was also recommended to me by another book club friend. If you haven’t read “The Wild” pick it up before the movie comes out. Since I live in the NW it makes me want to hike at least part of the Pacific Crest Trail.

    Please more DIY crafts. You always make it fun!

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