Alright, two things.
1) December ended a longgg time ago, and most of these books were read near the beginning of the month. So I apologize for my tardiness and I will do my best to recall my thoughts on these books.
2) I didn’t read many books, nor did I read any difficult ones (why does Christmas seem to consume everything?). However, they were all awesome.
So here we go!
Author: Carrie Fisher
First of all, rest in peace Carrie Fisher. Words cannot even describe how heartbroken I was over this. Not only am I a huge Star Wars fan, but I am also a HUGE Carrie Fisher fan (the first time I saw Star Wars I said, “Hey! It’s that girl from When Harry Met Sally”). I think she was an amazing actress, writer, and human. She didn’t gloss over all the messy parts of her life, and that is the reason that I loved this book. It was less funny and witty than her other books, but in the best possible way. It was so real and raw. If you love Carrie Fisher, Star Wars, or even just really well written memoirs, read this.
You’ll Grow Out of It
Author: Jessi Klein
Me and this book got off to such a rough start. In the first few chapters, the author seemed to be putting down women behaving like stereotypical women (which is me, so I was a little offended). However, it was all uphill from there. Jessi’s essays cover a broad range of scenarios that I guarantee most women have encountered. If this book doesn’t make you say “oh my gosh that’s me” at least once, I will be VERY surprised.
Where’d You Go Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
It took me a little while to get into this book, only because of the writing style. The book is written as a series of emails and letters from various characters, following the ever quirky Bernadette. It was a very enjoyable read that kept me turning the pages until the end.
In The Country We Love
Author: Diane Guerrero
A memoir by Orange is the New Black actress, Diane Guerrero. Diane was born a US citizen, but her parents had illegally emigrated from Colombia. When she was only 14, her parents were deported and she was left to fend for herself. Her story is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It made me realize how lucky I am to (legally) live in a country like Canada. I highly recommend listening to this book in audiobook format, as Diane reads it herself and she does a truly amazing job.