BELLA Book Club: What To Read Right Now

During these uncertain times, some of you may be busier than ever, while others may find themselves with a lot more time on their hands. If you’re looking to fill that time with something productive and enjoyable, picking up a good book or two will provide you with the escape you need, and give you a rewarding experience. Here’s what the BELLA team recommends:

Ruta Fox, Contributing Editor:
The Cartiers : The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Cartier Brickell

This is one of the best books I’ve read. Period! It’s a fantastically well-written history of the Cartier family. It’s written by a member of the family (her great grandfather was the youngest of the Cartier brothers), she spent 10 years researching people, letters, and all kinds of documents and it’s amazing!!! The jewels, the Maharajas, the Royals, the Romanovs…a fascinating tale of the Cartier family and how they built the business in Paris, London and New York City…the affairs, the divorces, the wars, the struggles. Chanel, Wallis Simpson, Elizabeth Taylor, the stories of how they grew their luxury business with determination, and brilliant marketing, not to mention superb customer service to the world’s wealthiest clients. Great photos, too.

Jessica Cirz, Cover + Features Photographer:
5 Steps to Fabulous: Choices for Living Beautifully, Inside and Out! by Vanessa Coppes

BELLA’s CEO Vanessa wrote this handy guide for looking and feeling your best every day and because of it, I can embrace the awesomeness of the beautiful being, me. It’s a great book to pick up during this time.

Jonathan Calixto, Fashion and Lifestyle Correspondent:
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

I love that this book serves as part memoir, but also inspiration from the first-hand experiences of former and youngest Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Elaine Welteroth. It’s so easy to get lost in the pages that showcase Elaine’s journey coming into her own and finding her voice. Plus, overcoming adversity and stereotypes people had of her due to being a black women in the media industry. I enjoy reading from her experiences professionally and personally that are relatable to everyone in the sense that we are all searching for self-love in all aspect of our lives, and Elaine makes it a point to showcase that we are all “more than enough.”

Jennifer DeCellis, Publisher: 

One of favorite genres of books to read is the nail-biting, edge-of-your-set, Thriller, and I have breezed through some of these books in just a few days. If you love anything that unfolds a great murder mystery or a killer plot twist, like the cult classics “Gone Girl” and “The Girl On The Train,” here are a few similar selections I highly recommend: The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, and The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison.

Vanessa Coppes, CEO + Editor-in-Chief: 
Malcolm Gladwell

I read in series, so if an author I really enjoy has other books, I will typically binge read the series or sequence of books. Currently obsessed with Malcom Gladwell. His book, The Tipping Point, completely changed the way I approached my marketing about 3 years ago. Then I read Outliers and just finished not too long ago, Talking To Strangers. My inner shrink loves human behavior stories; they all in some way connect to the core our humanity and go further in explaining why we do the things we do. In this particular moment in time, Talking To Strangers: What We should Know About The People We Don’t know, is quite the perfect read. Gladwell is a master at hitting you where it matters most.

Mindy Gura, Fashion Stylist:
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a really great read! It will keep you mesmerized by all the twists and turns. It was very interesting reading the juicy novel and getting perspectives from both of the main character’s voices. It gives you an insight and sensitivity to both of them. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and without giving it away the ending will be very satisfying for all readers!

Paula Orlan, Fashion Stylist:
The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty

Lianne Moriarty is one of those authors that captures your attention from page one. This mystery/psychological thriller is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time. Imagine finding out that your husband is not who you think he is! Secrets, lies and mysterious twists will keep you mesmerized until the very end. And then you will want to read every one of Moriarty’s books! Enjoy!

Barbara Bellesi Zito, A Novel Idea contributor:
Atomic Habits by James Clear

I’m reading “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. I’m hoping to come out of this quarantine safely — and hopefully with some new, positive habits.

Lynette Barbieri, Business Development Associate:
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill, was the first book I read when I started my financial business over twenty years ago. It helped me to realize the importance of goals and having a big vision. He talks about having a CCMP, a clear concise mental picture of your goals. “You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith: for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” I highly recommend that every entrepreneur read this book at least once. I reread this and use it whenever I need to make adjustments in my direction.

Amanda Mactas, Food, Travel & Accessories Editor:
4321 by Paul Auster

It’s a very long book, but definitely worth the read, especially if you have extra time on your hands. Masterfully crafted, Auster tells the story of young boy throughout the different stages of his life, but there are four alternate versions of his story. Small changes in his upbringing have drastic effects on the outcome of his life and the ending is incredible. I’ve never read another book like it.


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