Since I committed to a BIG Goodreads Challenge for 2015, I dove head first into reading this year. Here’s what’s on my plate for January.

What I'm Reading

 As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes) – Like many people my age, I have a special place in my heart for The Princess Bride. Like many women my age, I have a very special place in my heart for Cary Elwes, who played the dashing Westley. If you love this movie, you will love this book. If you don’t love this movie…wait, is that possible? Also, I never thought Andre the Giant would make me cry, but here we are.

Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness (Danielle Fishel) – I really wanted to like this book. I mean, who doesn’t love Topanga? However, I found this to be a boring and poorly written memoir. Fishel is trying to come off as just a regular gal, but many times she seems spoiled and entitled. Lots of not-very-interesting personal stories, and not nearly enough Boy Meets World dish. If I had paid the list price for this book, I would have been very disappointed (thanks, library!).

Yes, Chef: A Memoir (Marcus Samuelsson) – I am currently reading this one for the Solid Gold Eats book club. It’s the memoir of Marcus Samuelsson, a well-known chef whom you may have seen on Top Chef or Chopped. Samuelsson is Ethiopian-born, and was adopted by a Swedish family after his mother died. Many of the reviews of this book were pretty harsh, but they seemed to reflect a dislike of Samuelsson more than the book itself. So far, I find it to be an engaging story, with much to teach about race and international adoption.

Yes, Please (Amy Poehler) – Apparently “yes” books are my thing. This was actually a December read, but I loved it. Amy is funny and real, and very open about her successes and failures. Again, this is one of those, “if you love her, you will love this book,” kind of things. I read this book expecting to laugh, and I came away from it both laughing and inspired, which is a great combination.

What are you reading this month?