Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

Well, it has started.

The packing. The ridiculous chore that I, for whatever reason, choose to do practically every year. I know….I am kind of like a nomad, but truth be told, I have a plan regarding my life, and if moving around more times in a year than some people do in their lifetime is part of the plan I am okay with that. My life, my choices.

Since my moving date is fast approaching, I decided I needed to start somewhere, so I started with one of my favorite areas of the house: my bookshelves.  Those who know me (really know me) can tell you I am 100% a nerd who loves to read and would prefer a night in with a good book over a crazy night of dancing any day of the week. And even though the majority of the world has gone to electronic reading devices such as the Kindle or Nook, I remain old school. Like Carrie Bradshaw, I love the smell of library books. I like how they feel, and I like the satisfaction of turning a page and slamming it shut when I am done. If that makes me strange, well then, I’m just a whackadoo.

As I packed up all of the books I have collected over the years, I realized something: anyone who wants to know who I am can tell simply by looking at my bookcase. My favorite books, always organized together on the top shelf, are as eclectic and multi-faceted as I am.  So what do my favorite books say about me?????

All of my favorite books

All of my favorite books

1. Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender. It is no secret that I have a strange, sarcastic, ridiculous sense of humor. I don’t get embarrassed by things that embarrass others, so I tend to find humor in somewhat embarrassing situations. Weird family photos are no exception. If you haven’t looked at this book, I encourage adding it to your coffee table. It always cheers me up when I need a good laugh. Speaking of good laughs….

Who doesn't have a weird floating head photo of themselves from their youth?

Who doesn’t have a weird floating head photo of themselves from their youth?

2. Are you there Vodka, It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. Chelsea is one of my favorite people, not only because she is hilarious, but because she is hilarious in a slightly obnoxious and offensive kind of way. She says the things that many people don’t have the guts to say, and I like that in a person. I’ve seen her stand up live on numerous occasions, and she is just as funny in real life as on her show and in her books.

3. Alpha Xi Delta: A 100 year History by Karen Pyle Trent.  I am very proud of the sisterhood I joined in college, and while I sometimes forget the little details I memorized during my active years regarding our founders, I never forget the greatness I will always be a part of. During my time as President, I was tasked with cleaning out the sorority room in our wing prior to moving into our new sorority house. It was a task that was long and daunting, but during the cleaning and organizing, I found an extra copy of this book, which I chose to keep. I reference it often, and I am thankful every day that I made the decision to become a Xi.

Xi Love.

Xi Love.

4. I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max. If anyone can top the obnoxiousness of Chelsea Handler, it is Tucker Max. I own all of his books and would love to be his friend. He is a pompous imbecile exploiting women and the joys of alcohol, which some may see as shameful and disgusting, but you know what? He knows who he is, and he is proud of it. Again, I love obnoxious humor, but I also love someone with gumption.

5. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. I’m very honest about the fact that I am pretty much a big kid. This book, as juvenile as it may be, always makes me smile. I love the childlike simplicity of it. I don’t know how someone could like a story that revolves around a cookie. If you don’t, maybe we shouldn’t be friends.

6. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  Every year at Christmas, my brother and I are gifted with a book with some meaningful message that my mother picks out. My favorite book that we have ever been given is this book by Pausch. I read this book several times a years for one major reason: it brings clarity to my life. Pausch was dying, and he wanted to spread the message about what really matters in life. I don’t want to say I didn’t know what mattered to me before I read this book, but I will say that after I read it, I realized a lot more about the things that do and do not.

What an honorable man.

What an honorable man.

Source of Photo

7. The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger. I’ve been in love with this book ever since I got my hands on it in junior high. I love an underdog, and I love a rebel. Is there really a better one in the literary world than Holden Caulfield? He’s by far my favorite.

8.  Andy Warhol: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.  I have a serious obsession with all things Andy Warhol, but this book (written by Warhol himself) is the best of all things Warhol. If you love this crazy man like I do, I suggest you check it out.

9. What Would Jackie Do? By Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway. Right up there with Warhol is Jackie Kennedy Onassis. I love love love her for a bazillion reasons, but mostly for the grace and class she exhibited every day of her life. I am sometimes a loose cannon (I can admit it), and Jackie reminds me that sometimes I need to be a little more ladylike. She also inspires my fashion.

Jackie is the influencing factor when it comes to my sunglasses.

Jackie is the influencing factor when it comes to my sunglasses.

10. Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos By Lynette Lewis. I’m a tall drink of water, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing my heels. It hasn’t stopped me from climbing the ladder either. I’ve done a lot of big things in my life, and I know there are bigger and better things. I don’t doubt for one second that I will conquer them wearing heels.

11. 101 Workouts for Her. I have a ton of books devoted to fitness, but this is one of the best when it comes to determining lifting routines for me. Fitness is important to me, and so is variety, which is what makes this book awesome. If you are looking to start lifting (and a female), get this book. Speaking of fitness, did you hear the news? I’m now a BeachBody Coach. I’ll be blogging about that later (I’m sooooooooo excited about it), but you can visit my website by clicking here. I also have a different link for those of you interested in trying out Shakeology. Don’t worry…I can fill you all in on that later. Good stuff, that’s for sure.

12. Pugs for Dummies. Pugs are such beautiful creatures, and it is no secret I do miss my little guy every day. Someday I will be strong enough to get another one, and once I do, I will resort back to this book, which my parents gave me back when I first got Simon. There are so many pugalicious tidbits in there…I always learn something new when I pick it up. I can’t help it, #thepuglifechoseme.

Cutest little men ever.

Cutest little men ever.

12. Hello, Cupcake! By Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. I’m willing to bet that most of you Katetasticans don’t know about my wicked baking skills. Yeah, I have them, and I love expressing my creativity in the form of cake, especially when it comes to cupcakes for kids. This book has so many clever cupcake ideas that always challenge me to step up my cupcake game.

When I look over this list, I can’t help but laugh. Katie in a Nutshell: Cupcakes, Pugs, Classy Ladies, A Crazy Artist, Workout Junkie, Obnoxious Humor, Outcasts, Cookies, Weirdness, Bonding, Cookies, Knowing what matters in life, Shoes……Yeah, that sums me up pretty freakin great.

Those that know me will, without a doubt, agree.

Happy Friday, friends! The weekend is here!

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