May Reading Recap

No complaints for May. Mostly audiobooks because… we were still in the midst of global pandemic (just before the civil unrest started) and…. SQUIRREL. According to my handy dandy spreadsheet I read five books… which broke down to 688 pages read (which I don’t really understand because I only read half a physical book; I listened to the rest on audio – I think I cheated the system somehow). And 32 hours listened with an average rating of 4.2. Apparently I acquired six books too….


Samantha Irby is my idol.

I love her essays, I love her IG. I love that her blog is still on blogspot. I just love her. Like all her other books, WOW NO THANK YOU is a collection of essays she has written on her life. These essays are more reflective on her current life as a wife and step-mother.


“Sure, sex is fun, but have you ever actually finished the book your book club was reading?”


“We need to own our weakness, our hurt, our pain, and say it out loud so that we can name what is coming up and why. You deserve it. You deserve to feel the heartbreak and the pain so that once and for all you stop holding yourself back from feeling whatever it is you’ve tried to mask. No, it’s not easy but you are worth the work. And if you do not have a stable presence in your life, take the time you need to become that stable presence for yourself. To find that stillness within you, no matter what storm you are in.”

OPEN BOOK really humanized Jessica Simpson. Like many people I had my own perceived notions about her and most of them were proved wrong. She is really down to earth and pretty normal. (Full Review)


“You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to become at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future.”


Dannie seems to have it all. She just landed her dream job, and got engaged to the love of her life. Until she wakes up five years later in a different apartment with a different man. After a major freak-out Dannie seems to wake up again back in her apartment very confused. Life goes on for five years until she realizes it has been five years and she is still engaged. And her girlfriend’s boyfriend is the man she woke up in a strange apartment with five years earlier.


“But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.

Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn’t really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn’t about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”


I CRUSHED the series on Hulu and decided to give the book another chance but this time in audiobook. I rarely do that, watch the movie/show and then read the book…


For anyone with a sense of humor is looking for a self-help book… this is the one.

The lessons (or golden nuggets as Kevin Hart says, 24K GOLDEN NUGGETS) are nothing new to the self-help genre but the way he talks to the listener is hilarious. There are a lot of duh, of course moments for the reader… things I think we all know. But Kevin Hart makes it all so relatable. If you’re a Kevin Hart fan, you’ll definitely love this one. (FULL REVIEW)


I enjoyed everything I read this month and would recommend all of them to the right person.

JS.

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