Somehow I managed to get some reading done this summer.
Possible reasons why:
- It stayed lighter, longer
- I largely subbed drinking chardonnay for sparkling water at night, leaving my evening attention span more robust
- Save for the Olympics, there was nothing good on TV for the past three months
- I consciously stopped bringing (as much) work home with me
- I stopped giving a f*ck about some things so that I could spend more time giving a f*ck about other things, such as reading for fun (more on this below)
Here’s what I covered:
- You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein. Ok, I went big right away. This hilarious book by Inside Amy Schumer’s head writer had me choking with laughter in an embarrassing way on a plane, and near the end there are some very honest chapters on infertility (including a near guidebook for doctors on how not to be) that I may recommend to patients to read. However, one of my favorite essays was “Anthropologie,” which describes the compulsive need to buy into the lifestyle the store sells so well. Guilty. (The only thing that let me race through this and not dole it out oh-so-slowly is that I now have Amy Schumer’s own book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, waiting for me on my iPad).
- Carry On, Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. I’m late to the game on this one, but I heard Glennon speak last month and was very, very interested to hear what she had to say. She has a new book, Love Warrior, coming out next month so I can keep my Glennon fix going.
- Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. Plot summary: college grad gets job at high-end restaurant in New York City, does drugs, makes friends and enemies. I heard about this when Terri Gross interviewed the author on “Fresh Air.” The best parts are the behind-the-scenes insights into how a fine dining restaurant is run. Foodies would like this.
- Blackout, by Sarah Hepola. Another “Fresh Air” find. This was a scary memoir about drinking, and then not drinking.
- The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. Plot twist in Aisle 12! I see that there’s now a movie coming out about the book…
- The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware. This is what you read when you finish The Girl on the Train and want to read something similar. This was a decent thriller.
- Maestra, by L.S. Hilton. Ok, this was the thrilliest thriller of them all. I did not see this plot coming. The ending leaves a door open for a sequel, too.
- Everybody Rise, by Stephanie Clifford. This is about social climbing. Meh. I was bored. I’d only recommend it if you can find a free copy of this in paperback at a café or in a free library.
- Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll. See above re: social climbing. Then add a Columbine-like tragedy. See above re: Meh.
One more to share:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, by Sarah Knight. I laughed out loud at the title when my friend D. sent this to me as a gift earlier this year. I thought it was primarily a parody, but in the end, there was some real wisdom in this gem. Here’s an excerpt:
Ask yourself the following question: Am I stressed out, overbooked, and/or underwhelmed by life?
If the answer is yes to any of these, then pause for a moment and ask yourself: Why?
I’m willing to bet the answer is: Because you give too many f*cks. Or, more specifically, because you think you have to give those f*cks …
I’ve developed a program for decluttering and reorganizing you mental space by not giving a f*ck, where not giving a f*ck means not spending time, energy, and/or money on things that neither make you happy not improve your life (annoy), so that you have more time, energy, and/or money to devote to the things that do (bring joy).
How’s that for a philosophy? I highly recommend this read.