I’m pressing on with my goal to read 52 books this year. Here’s what I’ve read and what I am reading in the month of February:
Thank You Notes (Jimmy Fallon) – This one almost doesn’t count because it’s short enough to read in one sitting. It’s a quick and funny read, and if you’re a fan of Fallon, you’ll love it.
VJ: An Unplugged Adventure of MTV’s First Wave (Nina Blackwood, et al) – Another book about MTV (I read this one last month). This book focuses exclusively on the experience of the original VJs. This era of MTV was a bit before my time, but my older brother was a teenager when MTV came into being, so I’m familiar with a lot of the music of the era. Pop culture lovers will enjoy this story; I really enjoyed learning about what MTV was like in the very beginning.
Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday? (Laura Bennett) – I’m a huge Project Runway fan, so I was looking forward to reading this book. It’s not so much a book offering parenting advice as it is a humorous look at Bennett’s adventures raising six kids in New York City. If you get her sarcastic style, you’ll enjoy the book. Her lifestyle and parenting style are very different than my own, but I appreciate her philosophy of taking care of herself first, so she can care for her family without losing her mind. Something I need to put into practice more often.
Carry On, Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton) – I know lots of wonderful people who found this book to be revolutionary and life-changing. I am not one of those people. This was just not the book for me. I usually read through a book in a few days, this one took me weeks because I just didn’t enjoy it that much. Parts of it were funny or touching, but overall I felt like Melton was trying too hard to make every essay say something profound about parenting, marriage, God, or whatever. I found her and the book exhausting.
Chaplin: A Life (Stephen Weissman) – This is the book I’m currently in the middle of, and it’s very interesting. I picked it up after I saw some Chaplin memorabilia on an episode of Pawn Stars and realized I didn’ t know much about the famous actor. Weissman is a psychiatrist, so he often draws parallels between things that happened in Chaplin’s childhood and how they may have affected his work as an adult. Weissman’s attention to detail is meticulous, and you really get a full picture of Chaplin’s life. There are several Chaplin biographies out there, but if you’re looking for detail and depth, this is the way to go.
What are you reading?