Now that the first month of 2018 is coming to a close, here are the books I’ve read over the course of the month.
1 // We’re Gonna Need More Wine: Stores that are Funny, Complicated, and True: by Gabrielle Union | My Rating: Rating: 5/5 Gabrielle Union is a veteran actress who somehow manages to be relatable, funny ,and wise through triumphs and tragedy in her book of essays. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about her journey. Being a black woman in Hollywood can’t be easy and she covers that in her essays, she also talks about the challenges of assimilating into the predominately white spaces during childhood and adulthood, being in a blended family/being a step-parent, relationship mistakes, among other relatable topics. This book is a quick read if you read it straight through but I read it slowly to savor it more and was bummed when I finished her last essay. I look forward to reading more by Union in the future.
2// Difficult Women by Roxane Gay | My Rating: 4/5 This was a solid book of short stories but I wish they had been organized more thematically. There were a few magical realism stories in the book that just seemed like they belonged in another book in itself (which btw, I’d love to read an entire book of stories by Roxane Gay in that genre). There were also a few stories that just didn’t resonate with me content-wise, but overall, I liked the book and Gay’s writing in general.
3// Fitness Junkie by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes| My Rating: 3.5/5 This was the first book I read of the year when I needed the book equivalent of junk food before life and work went full steam ahead after the holidays. This tongue in cheek satire took many of the wellness tropes that are in the mainstream media like Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP and exaggerated them. When the protagonist of the book, Janey Sweet CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin (a trendy combo of a brioche and a muffin)—her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. This ultimatum takes Janey on a sometimes humorous (sometimes rather alarming) journey that illustrates just how ridiculous the mainstream fitness/wellness industry can be. It’s a quick light read if you need a break from reality.