As I read my way through each year, whether through a stack of unread books in my old room in my mother’s house one summer or elsewhere, I’ll post here about the books I’ve finished and what I thought of them. Looking for a book to read? Check here!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I picked up a copy of this book at a store in Seattle, Washington, figuring it would be a great re-read. As I began to work my way through it, I discovered that I hadn’t actually read the book before – I’d just seen the movie. I’m glad I snagged a copy of the book, though, and that I took the time to read it. Alcott’s story about four sisters and their formative years is an excellent read – whether you’re a young women yourself, or you have young women in your life. I recommend that everyone read this book – I think you’ll be able to find yourself in at least one of the little women.
Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30 by the editors of Glamour and Pamela Redmond Satran
This book was a gift from my mother before I moved to North Carolina, and though I’ve started and stopped it several times since 2012. I’ve just finally finished it. I wish I finished it sooner, as it’s full of great advice from great women, and I’m so glad I read it. The “Thirty Things” list was originally written for Glamour in 1997, but this version has essays from women like Lauren Conrad, Katie Couric, Suze Orman, Portia de Rossi, Angie Harmon, Bobbi Brown, Maya Angelou, and a host of other amazing ladies. It’s a really great, easy read, and I recommend any woman approaching thirty, newly thirty, or starting to leave thirty behind pick up a copy.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
I absolutely loved this book. I’ve been meaning to pick it up for a while now, and I finally was able to with some gift certificates from Christmas, and I am so, so glad that I did. As a writer, Lamott provided me with some really great advice on being a writer, but she also gave me some advice about life that I really needed right now. It’s a great book to read if you’re a writer, but even if you’re not she has some excellent advice about living life in general. I’d say it’s a must-read.
This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl
Esther was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 12 years old, and died just after her 16th birthday. These are not the events that defined Esther. She was a caring, lovely young woman who impacted the lives of many people. Reading her book was a peek into her life before she left us, and she taught me things through the pages that I needed to learn (or being reminded of). I would highly recommend this book. If you’re interested in reading my blog post about it, go HERE.
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
This wonderful book was a Christmas gift, and the woman that gave it to me knows me well. She saw the book and thought that it would be something that I would like, and it definitely was. Brown does an excellent job going through some of the basic pointers that people need as they transition into adulthood, and her humor and occasional drawings are an excellent addition. This book helped me make some changes in my life that were necessary, and I’d recommend this book to anyone, 20 or 52, that needs a little help figuring out adulthood.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This book, this amazing book, is about a young woman named Cath who is a writer of fanfiction starting her first semester of college. With the exception of the fact that she has a twin and has relationship drama, this is very close to the story about my first year of college. That’s part of why I loved it so much and why I read it so quickly. I went through a lot of the same events and feelings that Cath did, and I think anyone in their freshman year of college will relate to what Cath and/or her sister Wren are going through.
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
This story, about two people struggling with mental illness, is a well-written look into what it’s like to suffer from addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, and any number of other things. Pat and Tiffany are two broken people who find a way to heal together, and Pat’s constant belief in silver linings is beautiful, I think. I really liked this book, and would recommend reading it – either before or after seeing the movie.
Books Read: 7/52