Every day, I spend 120 minutes sitting my butt hooked up to my annoying, but awesome, pump.
What’s a girl gonna do in that time?
Okay, I have done plenty of screwing around on my phone scrolling through Instagram or watching TV via Hulu, but my favorite way to burn through those 20 minutes is to read.
I really enjoy autobiographies. I love ones by really funny people, but I also really like ones that describe struggles that people have overcome. I’ve focused this part of the year on the auto’s but I’m switching it up for the rest of the year so please send me some suggestions of books you’ve enjoyed recently! Pretty please!!
And I’ve read these bad boys…
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I want to plan a trip to Asia now. The (fictitious) lives showcased in the book are so insane. The drama, culture, traditions, and opulence is fun. Sure if I ever went there I would never get to enjoy their chauffeured cars, helicopters, yacht, insane wardrobes, but at least I would get to experience the smells, tastes, and sights described in the book. Aside from that, I loved all the drama, good and bad, that weaved everyone together.
I did feel that it could have used a family tree to better follow along with the drama of who is related/married to who. Those things always trip me up.
I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People by Jenny Mollen
I want to be Jenny. At the very least I want to hang out with her. She is hilarious in a ‘shit I think the same way she does!’ sort of way. Her various stories tell the insane tales of her adolescence growing up with detached parents and how that has fed into her craziness today. You feel bad for her but ultimately you don’t because if her mom didn’t make her get fake ID’s so she could go along with her to bars she wouldn’t have that story to write about. As well, she has a fairly decent obsession with her husband’s (Jason Bigg’s) ex- girlfriend, which is creepy/funny in the best sorts of way.
Plus, she is a fucking cool mom. Follow her Instagram for pics of her adorable son, Sid. There will be breastfeeding and pumping pics in the mix, which my be off-putting for some, but makes me love her even more.
Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford
Twitter phenom, Kelly Oxford, has attracted a huge following with just 140 characters full of wit, humor, and sarcasm. She is great at 140 characters so just imagine the magic she has done with a whole book! She has fantastic stories related to her homeland of Canada and such adventures, like ‘meeting’ David Copperfield through Twitter and then becoming a special guest of his in Las Vegas. That friendship has grown ‘deeper’, okay, that sounds weird, but that’s cool because now her family now travels to his private island of Musha Cay, and you get a fun peak at the island through her Instagram as well.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Oh Mindy, I love you. I never watched The Office but I can’t get enough of “The Mindy Project”. I’ve watched every episode multiple times. (Thanks HULU!)
But the answer is Yes. Or no? Or maybe. It all depends. But I have felt similar to her at various stages of my life. Why wasn’t I invited to that birthday party? What are my friends all doing while I babysit? Ultimately, what does it matter. Just have your own sort of fun.
I didn’t know much about Mindy, aside from her going up near Boston (she gets plastered on a lot of magazines around here), so this was refreshing as I got to hear funny stories from her youth, which ultimately framed her into becoming the hilarious person that she is.
Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary
I love a good ‘parenting’ book by a man. It’s always interesting, fun to read about parenting through a man’s point of view. He shares great stories about complications at birth, vacations, discipline, and visits to the amusement park. I absolutely love his honesty because it makes him real and perfectly vulnerable and relatable. It’s a great read about loving your little cute screaming adorable monsters. < I’m saying monsters because, let’s be honest- you’re a monster if you like to wake others up in the middle of a night by screaming just so they can change a pile of crap in a teeny tiny diaper in the dark. Truth.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill (with Lisa Pulitzer)
I have a thing with autobiographies when the author has escaped/survived a harrowing ordeal, especially when it comes to religion. I don’t believe in God, but I’ve read and studied (college elective!) the origin and traditions of different religions to try to understand why so many people believe in something that they can’t see. Because I find it courageous that people leave an organiztion that they have known their whole lives, and often their family, I love to read books about it.
This book fits my interest to a T. Jenna was born into Scientology and underwent a lot of unbelievable things and made the best of horrible situations. This book details her experiences with these events, like being dropped off at a ranch at the age of 4 to go to ‘school’ and do endless hours of manual labor. Or being separated from her siblings and living on her ‘own’ as a young teenager. Ultimately, she left and her life is much better for it as she now has a happy marriage and 2 young kids.
My Story by Elizabeth Smart
Oh man, I really admire Elizabeth for being such a strong woman. She was just so young when she was kidnapped but not only did she survive that she has thrived since then. Her story is really quite sad but I still find it uplifting. If she can get through being kidnapped and being mentally and physically abused daily, and get out of that alive then I feel that when I have a rough day I just need to suck it up and move on. It really puts things in perspective and makes you appreciate your life while admiring her.
Please send me some suggestions! xox
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