This weekend was perfection. I only got in my car one time to go to the grocery store, and that was it. Other than a Saturday afternoon walk to the park, that was as far as I ventured from the house. I finished two books, I finished ALL of my laundry, realized that I don’t have nearly enough hangers for all of my clothes, took two naps, and ate chocolate cake delivered by my mother-in-law who provided several hours of child entertainment on Sunday afternoon.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I don’t have time to do anything for me. This isn’t true at all, but it feels that way. Fortunately, I think I’ve kicked that feeling to the curb after finishing both seasons of Downton Abbey in eight days, then powering through an entire book on Saturday afternoon, after having made quick work of another book during the last half of the week.
So, I’ve read a few good things lately and here they are.
Bossypants – I realize that I’m probably the last person on the internet to read this book, but I did finally get around to it. I read the entire book on Saturday and I can’t remember the last time I finished an entire adult book in the span of one day. There’s not much I can say here that hasn’t been said a million times over. Tina Fey is hilarious and and adorable. I won’t tell you that you’re going to laugh out loud throughout the entire book, like many, many people told me, because that sets up an unrealistic expectation. BUT! The book is enjoyable and humorous, and I would highly recommend it.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends – It seems unfair to list this after Tina Fey’s book, because if you’re going to read only one celebrity memoir, then pick Tina’s PLEASE. However, I did enjoy this book, although – like Swistle – I did a LOT of eye-rolling. Reading this did make me think that he was a tad full of himself, although – again, like Swistle –I couldn’t help but think that maybe he’s right. I did enjoy his high school years, and his friendships with the Sheen brothers and the Penn brothers. I also really enjoyed his discussion of The Outsiders, the movie that did not at all live up to the book, but nevertheless launched the careers of many eighties heartthrobs.
The Department of Lost and Found – Yes, this book is about someone in her early thirties with breast cancer, but it is surprisingly not depressing. I would say that this is chick lit, without being silly. I finished this book in three evenings and felt perfectly satisfied when I was finished reading. There were enough loose ends tied up so I didn’t feel let down by the author (it isn’t my job to GUESS how to the book is to end, it is your job to TELL me.) and enough to think about that I didn’t even feel sorry that I was done reading, as often happens because I’m not ready for a story to be finished.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I first discussed this here, but it bears repeating on a list of books I’ve read recently. Highly enjoyed, highly recommend.
The Paris Wife – This was January’s book club pick and I enjoyed this far more than I expected to. If you read this book, don’t skip the introduction. I was left wanting to read Hemingway, particularly as the book includes many of the people he wrote about.