What I Read in September | READING WRAP-UP

September was not a great reading month for me.

For starters, I really only read two books. But I enjoyed three if that makes much sense…

 

 

I do not generally read the hyped books. I feel they get too much hype and they never live up to my expectations. I keep trying to prove myself wrong and I have yet to do so. This is how I felt with The Kiss Quotient. I probably should I read what it was about, but I didn’t. The title was cute, the cover was cute. Image result for eye roll emoji transparent“Everyone” on Instgram raved about its cuteness and it got a good star rating on Goodreads. I didn’t hate it, but it definitely did not live up whatever expectations I had in my head. And if you are thinking about reading this and like me you know nothing about it… know this, it is softcore porn. Not that it bothers me in the slightest, but it would have been nice to know that so I was not reading this at work.

I attempted to read How To Be a Happier Parent. I lie. I read it but I only got about three chapters in before I realized it was not a book for me. Parenting is really hard. And despite the endless about of parenting books out there, there is no manual. It can be physically and emotionally draining. And despite the photos of happy parents and kids we all post online, it can be a downright unhappy experience. I do not know if that is the case for all parents but for myself, for a lot of years I have felt unhappy in my parenting. I never understood why it all had to be so hard. Why everyone else made it look so easy. I was trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. This book covered all the things that can be draining as a parent. The rough mornings just trying to get everyone out the door on time. Homework battles. Sibling rivalries. Chores. Name anything you’re tackling as a parent in your household and this book I can guarantee you will cover it. I stopped at the chapter in siblings. Luckily, my kids do not fight too much. But after reading the chapters on morning and homework I realized I was already on the right path. I was already doing the things that the book suggests but I needed to implement it on a regular basis. And I can promise you, the things the author suggests will actually lead to you being a happier parent. The things that are suggested I know are not easy for some people (I have actually seen other parents struggle with these things) but they will get you onto the path of happiness. I would suggest this one to any parent who is looking for real parenting advice. 

And thanks to the internet, I discovered She Begat This. I had no idea what this one was about but it had me at The Miseducation of Lauryn Hillwhich is a classic. For years I have wondered why Lauryn Hill never came out with another album and this book explained beautifully what most likely happened with Ms Hill. The book also covered a lot of what was happening with Hip Hop in the 90s. I was a young teenager in the 90s so a lot of the things that happened I did not realize was happening  – I had a different frame of reference. I was unable to connect the dots as far as what was happening. Looking back now, as an adult… it is pretty amazing what happened in music. For any fan of Hip Hop, this is a must read…

Did you hit your reading marks in September? What was your favorite book that you read? Even more interesting, what was your least favorite book, and why?

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