Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: What Remains + Heads in Beds


I've been on a roll in 2013...I've successfully read two books so far!  And yes, I know it's only February, but if I can average a book per month, then I would consider that a success.  I know I get inspired by recommendations from other bloggers...so perhaps these reviews will inspire you, while also keeping me accountable.  Let's begin...


I've had What Remains by Carole Radziwell on by bookshelf for a while.  In case you're not familiar with who the author is, she's one of the Real Housewives of New York.  And no, that's not why I decided to read this book, though I do like her a lot on the show.  I wasn't sure if it would be a worthwhile read, but I was intrigued by her background with regards to John F. Kennedy Jr and his wife.  I knew {from the show} that they were friends, but I had no idea how close they were.  The opening of the book is haunting...she recalls the night of the plane crash and everything she was thinking...where she was...and what they must have been thinking in their last moments.  Her whole life changed in three minutes...which is no longer than the average news segment--a length of time that otherwise seems so insignificant   Three weeks later, her husband {a prince!} loses his battle to cancer.  It turns out the reality star is a stunning writer and storyteller...and my heart breaks for all that she went through and endured.  I highly recommend this story...she tells it beautifully.


I read a review of Heads in Beds in People magazine and was instantly intrigued.  The author works in the hotel industry and dishes on all the dirty secrets of the business while also passing along hints and tips for hotel guests.  It has forever changed my view of how I'll stay at a hotel...and will maybe even give me an advantage on my next hotel stay!

So, what book should I read next?  Have any recommendations?!

xo natasha

26 comments:

  1. I read "What Remains" when it was released after seeing her on Oprah and I loved it!

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  2. I also read "What Remains" and loved it, totally made me look at her differently on RHW. "Heads in Beads"sounds like a perfect gift for my sister who is studying hospitality! Thanks for the reviews!

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  3. I have been wanting to read "what remains" ! It's hard to find time to read with little ones ! My son is 5 months old and I think I have read mayyybe two books even though I've been meaning to read way more! Definitely check out "gone girl" .. just finished that one and absolutely loved it !

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  4. I love a good book....thanks for sharing. What remains, will be on my book list.

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  5. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin. Easy read! Just wanted to thank you for your post on all things baby, from essentials to milestones to needs/advice. I am 7 weeks from my due date with our first and you have been SO resourceful! I especially like reading Ethan's first few weeks home to prep ourselves for whats to come. Thank you for your transperancy! Ethan is so precious!!

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    1. Oh I love Emily Giffin...will have to check that out. And so glad you've been able to find some helpful posts here. Feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions or need anything! And congrats on the baby on the way! :)

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  6. ive had What Remains downloaded on my tablet for a few months now, im gonna have to start it up again, it's really an amazing story/experience that she had and she is a great writer

    if you havent read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, it's an awesome suspense thriller, total page turner!

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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  7. Gone Girl (If you haven't read it yet), In the Garden of Beasts (If you like history), his other one is really good too Devil in the White City (also historical and definitely creepy, it's a about a serial killer), but it's gripping. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime (it's about an autistic boy, it's really interesting). I'm definitely jotting your recs down too, need some new ones! :)

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  8. Will Heads in Beds make me not want to stay at a hotel? I am intrigued but don't want to stay away from hotels!

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  9. ohhh im interested in the tips from Heads in Beds! Its been so long since I've read a book ( the whole book)!

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  10. Oh wow! I'll have to check out both of these, they both sound fantastic!

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  11. I loved Carole on the show, and I read some of her blog posts and thought she was an excellent and interesting writer even on those. She has so much more depth than most of the other ladies (I mean not to say I'm not entertained by them! hah). I'm definitely putting her book on my list! I agree with others that Gone Girl was excellent.

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  12. I loved the book, What Remains. I'm reading Book of Mormon girl now. Really fascinating take on the Mormon religion.

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  13. I will have to check out both of these!
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  14. Real Housewives is one of my guilty pleasures, and Carole was definitely one of my faves! She seems like such a sweetheart:-) Still need to read her book though! xoxo

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  15. Definitely going to check out "Heads in Beds"...thanks for the recommendation! :)

    Kari
    ryanandkari.com

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  16. how interesting!! both sound really good!! thanks for sharing!!
    xoxo

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  17. how about Jan Karon's books particularly the Father Tim series

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  18. I loved What Remains - she really is such an incredible writer - I was crying so hard at parts of that book!!

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  19. I read "What Remains," what an emotional story, it had me in tears at parts. Bookmarking this other recommendation!

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  20. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed What Remains, I've been wanting to read it for awhile!

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  21. I've recently discovered Jane Green and have enjoyed two of her novels: Another Piece of My Heart and The Beach House! I also read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn that was really good and my all time favorite is probably Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. I have a "Read with Me" album on my blog's Facebook page if you ever need new book ideas!

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    1. I've read Gone Girl and Firefly Lane...both great reads! I'll have to check out the other two you mention! Thanks for the recs!

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  22. These sound like great books! I'll be adding them to my reading list! I just finished Bloom by Kelle Hampton tonight and it was SO EMOTIONALLY good. I think you'd really like it. I'm also in the middle of the black dahlia and so far it's a good one!
    xoxo

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