Kaitlin Carpenter

now reading

It’s not easy to part with your favorite books. But I did it once at an unconventional book club where we were all invited to bring a book to trade. My dog-eared copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day went to a new bookshelf home, and I got to read a book someone else loved enough to share.

Joy is just as much about giving things away as it is finding them.

My 2019 goal is to read at least 40 books. But until I get through those, here are some of my favorites. What are yours?

  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
    From one of my all-time favorite authors, a journey through story, comedy, animals, and absurdity.

  • Tie for favorite professional reads: Under Think It by Adam Pierno and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    One of these is the most concise and realistic approach to strategic planning I’ve seen, and the other is about finding, nurturing, believing and pursuing your creative genius. That duality about sums up the constant teeter-totter between logic and wonder in my brain.

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
    A small story about everyday lives. This novel reminds me how much beauty there is in that.

  • Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
    I don’t have the words for this one. Just...you just have to read it. Every sentence is exquisitely crafted.

  • The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
    I’m certain she’s writing this intriguing detective series just for me. You can read them too, I guess.

  • Least favorite: The Keys by DJ Khaled
    I do commend this ghost writer for thoroughly capturing his voice and providing a peek into his view of music, but save yourself from repeating my mistake.


more things i love

People who are passionate about what they do, loving communities of all shapes and sizes & exploring new places/tastes/ideas—anything that challenges me and fills me with joy. Baking macarons that are almost the right shape. Mastering a new pose in my yoga practice. Sharing an idea with a quick ugly sketch.

Sipping afternoon coffees with friends old and new. Reading a story so good I lose track of the time. Picking the perfect group Halloween costume. Traveling somewhere I've never been. Pretending a donut counts as lunch. Oversharing pictures of my cat Dobby. Putting words on paper. Telling a dad joke and hearing a collective groan. Bringing enormous Post-it notes to meetings to change our group perspective. Throwing a snowball at least once a year. Swapping book recommendations. Eating a baguette and stinky cheese for dinner.