I haven’t actually recapped the last few books I’ve read. So I’m going to do a quick one here. [note: I hate it when people say, "Give me the Readers Digest version." Yes, you are dating yourself by saying that and no, I've never subscribed to Reader's Digest so I don't actually know what that means. I infer you mean the quick version? Is Reader's Digest full of summaries of stories? What's the fun in that? It's like someone telling you a big boat hits an iceberg and calling it Titanic. You miss all the good stuff.]
So, I read Skinny Bitch, Twenties Girl and Bitter is the New Black. I liked them all enough and they all read pretty quickly which was pretty much the point of choosing those books. I also started The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance and 2/3rds of the way into it, I really like it.
I did also realize that I have a thing for memoirs. I think I actually like them better than novels. Bitter is the New Black is a memoir of unemployment, TNYRMSHD is a memoir of being a young morman 20-something in NYC which is a little challenging when it comes to dating. I loved the James Frey novels, I loved The Happiness Project, I loved Straight Up and Dirty.
Twenties Girl was…. good, I guess… but I think I’ve outgrown Sophie Kinsella. I don’t think I’ll buy her next book any time soon. It just felt a little banal. I think if I had read it when I was 25, I would have appreciated it more. Oh well.
Bitter is the New Black was loud, obnoxious and heartwarming. I love Jen Lancaster and in order to appreciate her work, you have to know that most of her over-the-top abhorrent behavior is tongue in cheek. I read so many reviews on GoodReads that made her out to be so self-absorbed and untolerable… I just think they missed her point.
Skinny Bitch was super hot in 2005 because Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) swore by it. I have to say, it had a bunch of good healthy eating tips but nothing I haven’t heard before. Eat cleanly, avoid junk, be kind to the earth. Pretty straightforward. I think the whole “bitch” part was just to get your attention. Sure got mine in the $1 bin at Goodwill.
So I’m down to my last actual book that has to be selected. #30. Still haven’t decided what kind of book this should be, but I’m working on finishing those others that I had put aside over the year… I think there are 4 of them…?
For now, I’m headed out for a run.