I feel like my reading pace has slowed lately because, you know, life. One my intentions this month was to read 30 minutes a day, and I’ve stuck to it — but I just don’t feel like I am finishing books as quickly as I usually do. My mind has been elsewhere. But school is over, summer is here, and for us indoor girls, summer is reading season.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this month…
Girl Walks Into a Bar (Rachel Dratch) – This SNL-actress memoir doesn’t get as much attention as Bossypants or Yes, Please!, but I really, really loved it. Rachel is super honest and open about her life, becoming a mom at 43, and her unique relationship with her son’s father. If you liked the books by other SNL ladies, then I think this is a must-read.
Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) – Once again, Rainbow Rowell steals away the better part of 48 hours because I can’t put her book down. Just read it, ok?
The Wordy Shipmates (Sarah Vowell) – Vowell’s books are some of my favorites (particularly Take the Cannoli and The Partly Cloudy Patriot), but this one hasn’t drawn me in quite yet. There’s more history and less Sarah than in some of her previous books. Still, I love her style and I am sticking with this one.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (Issa Rae) – Even if you’re not familiar with Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series, I think you’ll enjoy this memoir. She’s had a very unique life, yet so much of her story was easy for me to relate to. If you enjoy memoirs, this is a quick and fun read.
How to be a Heroine: or What I Learned From Reading Too Much (Samantha Ellis) – For those of us who have used books to navigate the most awkward and difficult times of our lives, this book is like a conversation with a like-minded friend. It’s part memoir, part exploration of the greatest heroines of literary history. If names like Lizzy Bennett and Anne Shirley bring to mind not just characters but kindred spirits, you’ll want to read this book.
Also, did you know I wrote a book? You can pick up your copy of 50 Shades of Frayed: Three Moms Talk About What Happens When ‘I Do’ Becomes ‘Not Tonight’ on Amazon!