Reading with The Stripe - Q&A with Grace Atwood

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Grace Atwood is the founder of the lifestyle blog, The Stripe. Grace grew up on Cape Cod and is happiest by the water, though she’s lived in New York for over twelve years! Her personal style is inspired by her background – a feminine mix of coastal meets city chic. Her favorite things include a bottle of red wine, her family, her cat Tyrion, yoga, reading, running and bright lipstick.

Q: How would you encourage others to read at least 15 pages a day?

A: I personally love to read before bed, but you can read anywhere! I always keep a book with me so that I can read if I’m waiting in line, on the subway, waiting for a friend, etc. It’s much nicer than checking your phone!

Q: What summer reads would you suggest for… a beach trip? On a long flight? Or for a staycation?

A: Well I’ve been on a lot of beach trips this summer AND long flights so I’m an expert here? For a beach trip I love something light and fun. A few recent favorites are When Life Gives You Lululemons, The Hating Game, and Matchmaking for Beginners. For a long flight, I like a thriller. It distracts you. Something like Something in the Water or The Last Mrs. Parrish. And for a staycation at home, how about some historical fiction!? Beatriz Williams and Fiona Davis are two of my favs in that space. I just finished up reading The Masterpiece and it was just incredible.

Q: Do you prefer reading on paper or a digital device? Why?

A: Paper, always! I bought a Kindle a long time ago and I ended up giving it away… I just like the way holding a real book feels. It’s a part of the ritual.

Q: Do you read multiple books at the same time? If so, how do you stay on top of different storylines?

A: This is something I’m trying to do less of, but if I am reading a heavy non-fiction book or a business book, I will sometimes break it up by reading something lighter. I’m never really reading different storylines so that helps. If I’m reading fiction I usually get very invested and don’t like to read another book at the same time.

Q: Do you have any tips on how to get over a book hangover (the bittersweet feeling of finishing a really good book)?

A: Look for other books by the same author… or do a book swap with a girlfriend (I love getting recommendations from my friends). Give her your really good book in exchange for her really good book!

Q: How do you decide what to read next?

A: My readers, actually! I do a monthly reading list on my site every month with the latest books I’ve read and always ask them for recommendations!

Q: What are the benefits of reading for you?

A: There are so many! It helps me relax, it’s a nice break from reality, it makes me a better writer, and I love learning. The biggest one probably, is that it slows me down! My life in New York can be pretty fast paced. Reading actually lowers your heart rate.

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