Hi my lovelies, and happy holidays! I’m really getting into it this year—I bought Christmas cards to send out, I started listening to Christmas music BEFORE Thanksgiving, and I’m almost finished with my gifts-to-buy list. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately, if you’d like to know…
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. My friend Nicole and I went to see her speak in November and got free copies of her book with our tickets! Um, hello—she is such a badass and I am obviously obsessed with her (and Scandal, and Grey’s, and *esp* How to Get Away with Murder). All TGIT fans will enjoy this book because she talks a lot about her shows, but there really is so much more to it. She touches on everything from her unconventional views on marriage to motherhood to why it’s ok to be friends with a fictional character. Her voice lingered with me for a while after I read it—so empowering and fierce.
One of my favorite quotes: “There is no list of rules. There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be. Being traditional is not traditional anymore. It’s funny that we still think of it that way. Normalize your lives, people. You don’t want a baby? Don’t have one. I don’t want to get married? I won’t. You want to live alone? Enjoy it. You want to love someone? Love someone. Don’t apologize. Don’t explain. Don’t ever feel less than. When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean. And rewrite it. No fairy tales. Be your own narrator.”
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I’m about halfway through this one right now and really loving it. I knew I had to read it after I finished I’ll Give You the Sun (probably the #1 book I read this year—a perfect gift for anyone). It’s about a girl named Lennon whose sister dies suddenly at 19, leaving her to navigate the aisles of grief with her grandmother and uncle. Lennon, who has never particularly been interested in boys, finds solace in her sister’s boyfriend’s arms, but the new kid at school has also caught her eye. The writing is so special, and the characters really come alive on the page. A bit sad, but worth the read.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I have a CRAZY girl crush on Mindy (pretty late to the party, as usual). Her latest book is just more comedic goodness, but a little more mature than her first (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?). My ebook version was totally whack for some reason, so I was only able to get through half of it (just another reason to read real books). So I have to finish this at some point. Luckily, The Mindy Project supplied me with my daily dose of Mindy, but now I finished that, so I’m def in withdrawal guys. IS ANYONE ELSE IN PANIC after watching the midseason finale? Can we please talk about it ASAP because I’m still incredibly upset about it.
On my to-read list this winter:
- First & Then by Emma Mills.
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Just got the audiobook through the library, so everyone can stop telling me to read this now k thx love ya.
- Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian. You guys know the Kardashians are my guilty pleasure. Not at all sorry bout it.
- Days of Awe by Lauren Fox.
A list of my favorite gifts coming soon! xoxox