Memoirs for Days
I hope all is well in your world! I've recommitted to taking 10,000 steps a day while staying on track with my reading goal. So far, so good (but it has only been a couple of weeks). Here's what I've finished up in the last couple of weeks:
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman
This sat on my “To Be Read” list for years. I’m trying to work in both directions – exciting new releases and books that have languished on my list, and finally ordered this for my Kindle. What I thought would be a sexy travel memoir was actually an account of a round-the-world trip gone haywire thanks to the declining mental health of the author’s traveling companion. Quite the page-turner, although I would’ve made much more selfish (and smarter) decisions along the way.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
I literally only picked this one up because the cover was awesome and it seemed to be getting a lot of hype. I knew nothing about the author or what it was about. Wow! I finished this a week or so back and I’m still at a loss for how to describe how I felt about it. This was a memoir from a gal who likes to write memoirs and reflect on all the feelings. I disliked how she contradicts herself throughout her life and even throughout her book (personal growth is one thing, but does Doyle just roll with whatever, whenever? Read it and let’s discuss) but I *did* like some of the life advice she provides and actually found it to be incredibly inspiring and change how I’m thinking about some aspects of my life. So that’s huge! But, naturally, I *didn’t* like how this life advice was billed as being so “women-centric”. It all seemed pretty universal to me.
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
I saw this for sale for my Kindle and I flew right through it. It was an excellent book to read simultaneously with a much darker book that I will be reviewing next round. I hadn’t yet discovered the books of Nora Ephron, just the wonderful movies she wrote. So now I’m going to be sure to read everything she’s written. This was just a great, laugh-out-loud collection of essays – and you know I’m a fan of those!! Plus it was a great reminder to start taking care of my neck.
Next up: I’m almost done with a book so heavy I don’t usually look forward to picking it up, but it’s helping me to better understand the world, so that’s a good thing!
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Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.