fbpx vie magazine subscribe button

Read and Be Happy!

By Samantha Accola

As multifaceted people, we are all transformed by the stories and life experiences of others. One of the best ways to experience them is through a good book! Below, we have included some of our team’s current reads and all-time favorites to return to during this time of social distancing and forced isolation. May escaping into good stories help us get through this strange season together and come out better on the other side!

VIE Staff Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lisa Burwell, Lisa Marie Burwell

Lisa’s pick:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Almost one hundred years later, The Great Gatsby still rouses inspiration and intrigue in its readers. The page-turning plot involves desperate affairs, reckless murder, grandiose ideals, and consistent skepticism to depict the deep condition of the human heart and the great lengths it will go to for love. Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, this novel will incline you to revel in the celebratory attitudes and intense yet playful mannerisms of the Roaring Twenties. The story centers around Jay Gatsby, a mysteriously wealthy young man living on Long Island, who outwardly leads an extravagant lifestyle and throws wildly lavish parties simply as an attempt to impress the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby is a fierce classic and a must-read for all those seeking an escape from the present and a glimpse into the hauntingly complex life of an American dreamer. Start reading, old sport!

SuperLife by Darin Olien, VIE Staff Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Jordan Staggs

Jordan’s pick:

SuperLife by Darin Olien

In this lifestyle guide, Darin Olien, an author and podcast host, emphasizes five forces that will make you “healthy, fit, and eternally awesome.” Traveling cross-culturally to find foods and plants that will benefit your health without resorting to unnecessary medicines, his transformative tips and personal experiences will steer you in a clear and viable direction. You may also recognize Darin’s vibrant personality—he costars in the new Netflix series Down to Earth with Zac Efron. He is full of life and humor, and his book unveils his infectious passion for personal betterment. Enjoy Darin Olien’s fresh perspective on a multitude of topics, including the wildly popular health philosophy Shakeology, this from the coformulator himself. SuperLife provides practical tools for the adventurous spirit who desires to embody change and grow in gratitude toward all that nature offers to humankind.

VIE Staff Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, Tracey Thomas

Tracey’s pick:

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This highly uplifting book inspires both the most disheartened and the most impassioned dreamers. Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, gives readers a refreshing perspective on themselves and their crafts through her infectious love for creativity and teaching aspiring artists (a.k.a. ordinary people) how to speak their truths. The thought-provoking and encouraging leader beckons readers to “bring forth the treasures that are hidden within.” From breakdown to breakthrough, Gilbert walks readers through personal blind spots in their stories and gently wraps them in hope and transformative love. For those drawn to self-help or inspirational books, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear feels more like a conversation over coffee with a friend than a sermon. Offering a permission slip to stop making excuses and downplaying rare abilities, this read will leave you wanting more for your life!

VIE Staff Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst, Abigail Ryan

Abigail’s pick:

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

Big questions don’t scare Lysa TerKeurst. In this favorite, the vulnerable author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries attempts to answer the gray areas of life, which we, as sensitive individuals, have readily swept under large and far-too-thick rugs. Through honest reflection and humbling humor, Lysa invites us to find the wildflowers of life along the long and personal road of disappointment and setbacks. Some of these sought-after revelations begin with her asking, “What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?” It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way allows readers the freedom to consider both the lilies and the roadblocks of their unique journeys and God’s bigger story. Are you up for the challenge—and the inspiration?

VIE Staff Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Hannah Vermillion

Hannah’s pick:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Set in the North Carolina marshlands, the adrenaline-inducing novel Where the Crawdads Sing throws the reader through a series of intrigues as the plot thickens. As a zoologist and lover of wild creatures, debut author Delia Owens compares and contrasts the behavior of animals with the nature of humans, as seen through the eyes of a child. This coming-of-age tale and murder mystery resists monotony as protagonist Kya Clark, an abused and abandoned child, is blamed for killing an attractive young man. To the surrounding town, Kya is known as the “Marsh Girl,” as she lives in a shack alongside the isolated wetland with her alcoholic and violent father. Vividly descriptive from the first chapters, this story will keep readers up late and hungry for what happens next. Where the Crawdads Sing has lived on the New York Times best-seller list for the past seven months, was included in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine book club, and optioned for film by Witherspoon’s production company.

VIE Staff Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Everybody Always by Bob Goff, Samantha Accola

Samantha’s pick:

Everybody, Always by Bob Goff

This book is told through the lens of Bob Goff, a man who, after practicing law for over twenty-five years, quit his law firm to be a “full-time encourager.” Everybody, Always invites the reader along on the thoughtful adventure that is Bob’s life and offers an even greater perspective of a loving and intentional God. Whether piloting between Canadian cliffs, opening a school for witch doctors in Uganda, or celebrating a TSA airport official for an intensely special way of loving others, Bob never ceases to confront the joys of life and the universal call we all have in “becoming love.” Through profound and straightforward lessons, this book aims to reveal the human experience with tested optimism and an anticipation to live in the present moment. After reading this, you will be changed for good, to do good.

Happy reading!

— V —

Read Responsibly

VIE Magazine September 2020 Wanderlust Issue, Fancy Camps, The Idea Boutique
VIE Magazine August 2020 Art & Culture Issue, Nathan Alan Yoakum Art
VIE Magazine - Architecture & Design Issue - July 2020
VIE Magazine - Decor and Home Issue - June 2020
VIE Magazine May 2020 Entertainment Issue, Leslie Odom Jr
VIE Magazine - April 2020 Culinary Issue
VIE Magazine March 2020 The Fashion Edit, VONDOM, Alys Beach Fl, Digital Graffiti, Tres Chic, isidro dunbar Modern Interiors, Digital Graffiti Festival
VIE Magazine February 2020 Health & Beauty Issue
VIE Magazine - Travel Issue - January 2020 - Tanzania Safari Cover
VIE Magazine - Women's Issue - December 2019 - Tina Brown Cover
VIE NOV19 Goodness Issue
VIE Magazine, September 2019 Art & Culture Issue, Paul Hanninen
VIE Magazine - August 2019 - The Architecture and Design Issue
VIE Magazine - July 2019 - The Artist Issue
VIE Magazine - June 2019 - Fashion Edit
VIE Magazine - May 2019 - Culinary Issue
VIE Magazine - April 2019 - The Health & Wellness Issue
VIE Magazine - Special Entertainment Edition - March 2019
VIE Magazine February 2019 Luxury Homes & Technology Issue with Robbie Antonio of Revolution Precrafted
VIE Magazine - January 2019 - Southern Sophisticate Issue Cover
VIE Magazine - Special Anniversary Travel Edition - December 2018
VIE Magazine - The Goodness Issue - November 2018
VIE Magazine - The Art & Culture Issue - October 2018
VIE Magazine - Home & Garden Issue - September 2018
VIE Magazine - August 2018 Animal Issue
VIE Magazine - July 2018 Architecture & Design Issue - Subscribe to the magazine!
VIE Magazine - June 2018 Travel & Tech Issue
VIE Magazine - May 2018 Couture Issue
VIE Magazine - The Culinary Issue - April 2018 Cover - Chef James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst
VIE Magazine - The Entertainers Issue - March 2018
VIE Magazine - February 2018 Destination Travel Issue
VIE Magazine - January 2018 Health & Beauty Issue
VIE Magazine, The Sophisticate Issue, December 2017
VIE Magazine - November 2017 Art & Culture Issue
VIE Magazine - October 2017 Home & Garden Issue
VIE Magazine | September 2017 | The Stories and Storytellers Issue
VIE Magazine - The Adventure Issue - August 2017
VIE Magazine - July 2017 - Art & Artist Issue
VIE Magazine - The Voyager Issue - June 2017
VIE magazine 2017 March-April Cover South Walton Fashion Week
VIE Magazine - January/February 2017 - The Health & Beauty Issue
VIE Magazine - Nov/Dec 2016 The Sophisticate Issue
christian siriano vie magazine september october 2016 vie magazine
the modern minimalist issue
the culinary and couture issue march april 2016 vie magazine
the voyager issue alys beach vie magazine january february 2016
cultural issue vie magazine november december 2015
home and garden issue vie magazine september october 2015
the art and style issue vie magazine july august 2015
the wedding issue 2015 May June vie magazine
the food and fashion issue vie magazine march april 2015
the travel issue vie magazine january february 2015
the music issue vie magazine 2014 november december
The Animal Issue vie magazine september october 2014
the home and garden issue vie magazine july august 2014
the wedding issue vie magazine may june 2014
emeril lagasse food and fashion vie magazine
the men's issue january february 2014
the music issue november december 2013 vie magazine
the home and garden issue 2013 october september
the wedding issue vie magazine july august 2013
the artist issue may june 2013 vie magazine
the food and fashion issue march april 2013
the men's issue january february 2013 vie magazine
The Holiday Issue
the love issue july august 2012
the all american summer may june 2012
the entertainment issue march april 2012
the fashion issue vie magazine winter 2011
the home and garden issue vie magazine fall 2011
the anniversary edition vie magazine summer 2011
the wedding issue vie magazine spring 2011
vie magazine the holiday issue 2010 Dec
vintage swimsuits vie magazine 2010 Fall
judith march designer vie magazine summer 2010
wedding giveaway vie magazine spring 2010
holiday gift guide vie magazine winter 2009
emarketing explosion vie magazine fall 2009
tribute to mother's day vie magazine summer 2009
james and robert redford vie magazine spring 2009
zz top vie magazine fall winter 2008
project dreams vie magazine new york fashion week
Sign-up for VIEmail

Sign up for VIEmail