Confession time: I have FAILED at my self-imposed Chapters ban but I have been succeeding in reading more books so I guess it evens itself out right? Let’s chat about some books I read over the last month and a bit. Other than the fact that they all start with the word the, there’s not much to link these books together. This could be a secret way to find a book for everyone on your list this Christmas season (lol…do I sound like a Christmas ad?)
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer
Rating: 4 out of 5
Amy Schumer is one of my personal heroes. I preordered the Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo the day it was available with high expectations for full belly laughter while reading. The day that my book arrived I put off all my plans in order to curl up on my couch and see what my girl Amy had to share with me. Although parts of the book were funny, I was surprised to find that there was more than one chapter that hurt my heart. Amy covers tales of shootings, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Due to working in a school setting and luckily being exposed to conversations of this nature, I found the content interesting to hear through the lens of a famous comedian. But still, there were times I questioned why she meshed it with lists of things that make her happy and journal entries from the past with footnotes from the present (my personal favourite parts of the book). Reflecting on the story now, I am glad Amy used her voice to share stories that many women face regularly and are not always welcome to admit. The book will certainly take you on a rollercoaster but you can count on Amy to make you feel.
Recommend to: Your strong girlfriend who can balance hard topics and a good laugh.
The Defining Decade – Meg Jay, PhD
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Living a life of planes, trains and automobiles at the beginning of October gave me a great opportunity to get some serious reading in. My bestie, Krista, recommended this book to me for my trip and boy am I glad she did. This book challenges the idea that thirty is the new twenty. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, uses cases from her past of twentysomethings to help show how work, relationships, personality and more, can change during this decade more than any other! This is a great read whether you feel like you need to get your life on the right track or you feel like you just aren’t in the same space as your friends.
Recommend to: The travelling soul or your friend who doesn’t know what their next step should be
The Book of Veganish – Kathy Freston
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The Book of Veganish is “the ultimate guide to easing into a plant-based, cruelty-free, awesomely delicious way to eat”. It examines vegan in a way that is more approachable than most books. What I loved about it is that Kathy allows people to be veganish. What does veganish mean exactly? Well it means that you don’t have to give things up cold turkey (excuse the pun). Veganish is about understanding the idea of veganism and getting to it on your own terms in a way that makes sense to you. The book also holds 70 recipes anyone can make and good resources to explain choices to your loved ones.
Recommend to: People in the beginning stages of an interest in veganism.
The Snowden Files – Luke Harding
Rating: TBD – currently reading
Well, well, well – here I am again reading a book that was made into a movie – starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, no less. Luke Harding, an award-winning Guardian reporter, tells the story of Edward Snowden – a computer genius working for the NSA who shocked the world by exposing the mass-surveillance programs of the US government. I am currently reading this book and to be quite honest struggling through it a bit. I am about half way through and it seems to go in waves of peaking my interest but the story is interesting so I’m willing to give it a go to the end. I’ll tell you next time whether it’s worth just seeing the movie.
Recommend to: Fans of thrillers and politics