In case you didn’t know, our Saatva team is
fond of books. Scratch that, our team is in LOVE with books. And when you have a mattress as comfortable as ours, it’s easy to see why we tend to spend most of our night time hours getting lost in a good read.
Of course, if you’ve been following us on our Saatva Instagram you would already know that we are obsessed with #FridayReads. Every Friday, we post one of our team’s favorite books. It can be a current bestseller, trending read or a dreamy classic. We don’t discriminate. We just love books and appreciate every team member’s choice.
And since it’s #NationalBookMonth, we thought why not share with the world the books that we can’t live without? Check out our team’s favorites — you might just find your next book to snuggle up with this weekend!
Saatva’s All-Time Favorite Reads
Yes Please — Amy Poehler
Why We Love It: This one is a crowd pleaser and irresistible to put down. And who doesn’t love a good, funny and downright honest read from time to time? Amy Poehler is hilarious and offers up nuggets of advice here and there. We love how down-to-earth Poehler is and that she states it as it is. No hiding behind a bush, here.
“It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there, it’s very hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers and the creators. They are the magic people of the world.” — Amy Poehler, Yes Please
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — Marie Kondo
Why We Love It: Marie Kondo is a organizational-genius! We are all about keeping the bedroom/home tidy and we absolutely love Kondo’s refreshing, unique take on decluttering. Instead of giving you one method, Kondo provides smart tips and ultimately lets you decide the best decluttering method that works for you. Trust us, this book is a MUST read for anyone trying to simplify their life.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.” — Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
When Breath Becomes Air — Paul Kalanithi
Why We Love It: Paul Kalanithi’s memoir is absolutely breathtaking. Kalantithi navigates trying to find himself after being diagnosed with cancer and it’s beautifully tragic. His constant search for “What makes a life worth living?”, is profound and it provokes you to question your own place in life. We couldn’t put this one down, but be warned, it’s a real tear jerker.
“There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.” — Dr. Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
Fates and Furies — Lauren Groff
Why We Love It: Okay, going to be honest here we didn’t love this book at first. But once you power through, you’ll fall in love with Lauren Groff’s beautiful language and multiple points of view. This is a fascinating read about a 24 year marriage and we love how profoundly truthful and powerful the story is. If you love poetry, you need to pick up this book ASAP.
“Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.” — Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
Freedom — Jonathan Franzen
Why We Love It: There are mixed reviews about this one: some love it, some hate it. But we enjoyed this one! Jonathan Franzen takes you on a journey through contemporary love and marriage. It’s deeply moving and you’ll fall in love with the character’s triumphs and mistakes.
“This wasn’t the person he’d thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he’d been free to choose, but there was something comforting and liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones.” — Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
Franny and Zooey — J.D. Salinger
Why We Love It: If you stopped Salinger’s cannon at Catcher in the Rye, you’re missing out. Franny and Zooey has all the thoughtfulness of Salinger’s usual prose, but with a level of self awareness and humor that really takes it up a level. He doesn’t fluff up his work with long-winded poetry or fantasy, but remarks on the issues that we all face as we get older. Am I who I want to be? What do I believe in? It’s honest, pure, and so, so good. Who doesn’t love a good existential crisis every once in awhile?
“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.” — J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
All in Good Taste — Kate Spade New York
Why We Love It: Kate Spade takes on Emily Post with her new guide to all things entertaining and etiquette. Filled with recipes, how-to’s, and quotes from inspirational woman like Audrey Hepburn and Maya Angelou, All in Good Taste has everything you need to be the perfect host for your guests.
“Above all, remember that the secret to a memorable party is putting people in a good mood — everyone dancing, laughing, being witty, flirting and celebrating, and not sweating the small stuff.” — Kate Spade New York, All in Good Taste
The Goldfinch — Donna Tartt
Why We Love It: The Goldfinch got a lot of praise, but we’ve found it to be pretty polarizing. Some of us love it, some of us hate it. But the one common theme is genuine admiration for Tartt’s writing. She can string a sentence together and make you feel. She explores a lot of common themes like beauty, love, and good vs. evil. But it’s long. And while many members of the Saatva team have no problem tackling a long, but beautiful story, this one could have cut out a few pages here and there and still been as impactful.
“And as much as I’d like to believe there’s a truth beyond illusion, I’ve come to believe that there’s no truth beyond illusion. Because, between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there’s a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is the space where all art exists, and all magic.” — Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Me Talk Pretty One Day — David Sedaris
Why We Love It: Witty. Bitter. Laugh out loud hilarious. Like the title eludes, Me Talk Pretty One Day is really a study of language. The collection of essays is semi-autobiographical and deals with Sedaris’ family, childhood, and the author’s move to France and living with a language barrier. Expect lots of laughs.
“If you aren’t cute, you may as well be clever.” — David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
The Outsiders — S.E. Hinton
Why We Love It: Did you know S.E. Hinton started writing The Outsiders when she was only 15? Inspired by her hometown’s class divide and rival gangs, The Outsiders tells the story of a group of kids who struggle to exist in a society that seems designed to dismiss them. You don’t have to be a teenager to relate to that. Pick up a copy for a quick, thrilling read.
“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.” — The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
The Nix — Nathan Hill
Why We Love It: One of the biggest debuts of 2016 so far, The Nix describes the complex relationship between a son- who is a little lost at the beginning of the novel- and the mother who abandoned him. “The Nix” refers to a Norwegian myth Faye passed on to young Samuel about a spirit that enters your life to teach: “Don’t trust things that are too good to be true.” Modern. Political. Powerful. Don’t miss out on this one.
“That, paradoxically, narrowing her concerns had made her more capable of love and generosity and empathy and, yes, even peace and justice. It was the difference between loving something out of duty—because the movement required it of you—and loving something you actually loved. Love—real, genuine, unasked-for love—made room for more of itself, it turned out. Love, when freely given, duplicates and multiplies.” — The Nix, Nathan Hill
Book lovers, what is your all-time favorite read and why? Drop us a line in the comment section. Happy reading!