Currently Reading!

I love to read, that is no secret. In my adulthood I have expressed envy of my younger self  who in high school managed to read roughly two books a month. I, of course , had to read for classes and a healthy amount of leisurely reading due to my healthy intellectual appetite. Jobs and friends and other ‘adult’ duties and interests have caused me to reduce the amount of time spent reading but it has done nothing to my affinity for a good read! Thus I continue to convince myself that I must read those ‘must reads’, I mean it’s only obvious. I even challenged myself specifically to read at least one book a month (even put it on my vision board) and thanks to script reading and determination I have kept my promise to myself and in doing so I have realized that I will not be breaking my habit of reading a few books at once. I am currently reading three and I wanted to start sharing with my readers some of what I read with a regular “Currently Reading” update!

Let us begin!

1. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This was recommended to me by one of the wonderful instructors from Yoga 216 during FREE Wednesday night Yoga at Lulu Lemon in the meatpacking district (an awesome part of my workout routine since moving to NYC) . The text is ancient, thought to be around 4,000 years old and a great read for those, like myself, who are interested in or practice Yoga/meditation but can be a great read for anyone. Best part has to be the price, its only …. wait for it….FREE! At least on Ibooks it is. I quickly downloaded it to my phones library (a very green option in my opinion) and I’ve been reading away!

2. The Tools

I must admit, I have been reading this book FOREVER! lol I think I downloaded it in my Ibooks App around….. I don’t even remember. I skipped around it when I began reading Good Self Bad Self by Judy Smith and then just kept getting tied up with scripts and my last semester of undergrad etc. I went on vacation in June and I thought FINALLY, I can read now! That didn’t happen. I have challenged myself to finish it in the next two weeks on my commute to work. I have also received quite a load of required reading from my new acting class so I’ll have to hurry anyway! More about the book: It is a great read about cultivating mental ‘Tools’ to help face and conquer life’s challenges and rough times, it is also about making mental adjustments to aid in living your best and most purpose-filled life. I recommend it! I think part of my dragging through it has to do with an “I know this” feeling because I already understand and practice the

3. An Actor Prepares – Constantine Stanislavsky

Actor stuff! If its not a script or a book about the craft, its kinda both! It is a the fictional memoir of a student being taught principles and skills and the craft. I am delighted with the reality that acting requires a lot of reading! reason #546510651321 I love my chosen profession.

I just finished this as I entered a new Acting Class at The Tom Todoroff Studio and began some of the reading for said class, kicking it off with “Audition” by Michael Shurtleff 

After I finish these I, of course have roughly a dozen books in my “to read” queue. The current queue is as follows!

1. Obsessed – America’s Food addiction and my own – Mika Brzezinski

I love Mika on morning Joe and she had my attention with this book when she was featured in Womens Health magazine (I think it was Womens Health, I read lots of magazines) talking about it. I have my own journey with dieting and finding what is healthiest for me and how to detach from many habits and misconceptions about healthy eating in American Culture and I figured this would be a good read to gather some more knowledge and perspective on the issue of poor nutrition, Obesity and even poorer learning tools about healthy diets in our super sized society.

2. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You – by Kelly Cutrone, Meredith Bryan

One of my Fellow Gladiators brought this book up in a conversation and It caught my interest. That was an understatement, from the moment she stated the title I knew it was right up my Olivia Pope Gladiating alley and I HAD to read it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

3. Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

Don’t quite remember what lead me to this book… I really think I saw it featured in O Magazine.

4. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

I will admit that I did not read the first novel but it is healthy to say that I am obsessed with the film adaptation of Devil Wears Prada. I have a saying about the well read and the lovers of film adaptation “There are two types of ppl in the world; Those who understand Shakespeare made love stories Into tragedies and tragedies into comedies and those that didn’t read the fucking book before it was adapted to film.” I like to stand behind my words and be fair to my own bias but I also like to defend myself for self’s sake so I will justify my not reading the novel by saying that I am the former and I make exceptions lol! I am sure I will enjoy reading this piece.

5. Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection by Debora L. Spar

This item was added to my list only yesterday after running across THIS article on NPR’s FreshAir Tumblr page. If you cant tell by now I am a card carrying nerd- fangirl-feminist fanatic and part of that comes with a healthy amount of love for NPR so there you have it!

This particular list has a theme of women and badassery (some like to call it feminism), what a book club of the month theme right?!  I fall in love with woman hood more and more everyday and I can hardly stop fangirling over one amazing and inspirational woman before my attention is stolen by another! It is a vicious cycle of empowered-woman-sisterhood! If you have read or are reading any of these let me know how they are! Let me know if I should save myself the trouble or absolutely READ IT NOW, let me know if you want to read along with me or chat about these amazing reads! Just let me know! Thanks in advance! Happy reading Lovers!

XOXO

-Zan

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