A couple of years ago my friend told me about her new year’s resolution to read one book a month. I thought it was a brilliant idea! I love to read and had fallen out of the habit. In retrospect, I also love that this resolution focuses on our mind and not our body, like so many new year’s goals do.
That I year I think I fell short on reading 12 books but I know I got close. Last year I probably read at least 12, if not more. This year I don’t only want to read 12 books but I want to track my progress and write down my thoughts from each book. Especially because I’m one of those people who re-reads books. (I try to read my favorite book of all time, Heart of the Matter, every November because it’s my birthday month. Besides, fall is so cozy and perfect for your favorite book and a cup of tea #amirite)
I started 2016 with Not THAT Kind of GIRL by Lena Dunham. Mike and I started watching Girls and I was pleasantly surprised that the show did not match my expectations. Hannah (Lena Dunham’s character) is a hot freakin’ weird mess just trying to make in through her 20s. This intrigued me. So I bought Lena’s book.
I plowed through this book! Lena tells different stories of her upbringing, of dating, of how weird The Biz is, and makes you feel like you’re not alone. There were so many things in this book that I should’ve highlighted for future reference (which I used to do in books #nerdalert) but since I mostly read in bed before I go to sleep, I didn’t. Lena acknowledges things that I’ve wondered if only I’ve experienced before. She is unashamed, unapologetic, and someone I undoubtedly want to have lunch with.
After Not That Kind of Girl, I ordered Yes, Please by Amy Poehler because it’s a book I’ve been wanting to read and I was on a girl-high from Lena’s book. Yes, Please was witty, truthful, funny, and gives you behind the scene glances into Amy’s life on SNL and Parks and Recreation. Overall it was a good read. Because I finally took the time to “get to know her” I now like Amy Poehler equally as much as I like her best friend, Tina Fey. As expected, Amy is hilarious! Like a I said, the book was good but (and this is just me being nit picky) I wasn’t really feeling the design of the book. It seemed to be a cross between a novel and a coffee table style book; among her block novel-style text, it was sprinkled with professional and personal pictures and catchy titles and taglines. The entire time I was reading it, I was both enjoying it and thinking, oh, Amy, why didn’t you pick a side, girl? Again, this is a stylistic thing and can very well be just me who feels this way but, since I do, I would recommend this book as a borrow not a buy.