I guess the holidays really did me in because I cannot seem to get through one book, let alone four. Nonetheless, here are the books I read or am reading now.
The Book to Teach Me Something: Girl, Stop Apologizing By Rachel Hollis.
” … a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.”
Just like her other book, Girl, Wash Your Face, there were parts I tolerated, parts I loved, and parts I could have done without.
I could have done without some of her personal stories, although, they did tie in well. What she considered “an excuse” isn’t always that.. sometimes they are actual REASONS why we cant do something at that particular moment, that doesn’t mean we are done with it for good – just delayed – and there were a few times I thought her logic was a bit skewed. HOWEVER, for the most part, I think it’s something I would encourage my own daughter to read. And I did find myself highlighting a few key parts. My favorite quote was this one:
“I’m grateful for the small spaces I’ve inhabited; they taught me how to grow.
I’m grateful for every misstep along the way; they taught me how to run.
I’m grateful for every moment of insecurity; they propelled me to gain a lifetime of confidence earned through practice and study. “Rachel Hollis, Girl Stop Apologizing. Pg 58
In a nutshell, dont be afraid to screw up royally – there isn’t anything you do that can ruin your life FOREVER.
The Book to Take Me Away and the Book that’s Good For Me: Unfortunately, I STILL cannot get through Jodi Piccoult’s Small Great Things. I, honestly, can’t explain why, I just can’t. But I will.. eventually.
The Book That Is Just For Fun is just about to start. Elin Hildebrand’s Winter Solstice. I haven’t even cracked the cover yet but plan to start on a plane ride to Vegas tomorrow. I’ll keep ya posted!