Now back to my personal little book club…
I finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette? quickly. It was a good, fun read without being too frivolous and was the perfect antidote to Sharp Objects. There were a few times I was sitting there thinking “huh, what the heck is she talking about?” but once you embrace the zaniness and dive in, it’s worth it for the entertainment factor alone.
Then I squeezed in Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. I wanted to love this book because I love Leandra Medine’s fearless style and natural beauty. I wanted to love it because she’s a fellow blogger and I love that bloggers are writing books now and I hope to write one some day. But I still couldn’t bring myself to love it. The writing is fine and the topics are humorous enough but I felt old reading it. I think it is a book for a 23 to 27 year old. I am 35.
Next up was Wild.
Oh, Wild. Queen of the 2013 book clubs. Modern-day guide to kickass womanhood. So good that Reese Witherspoon is shooting the movie now book.
Here is the only mistake I made with Wild: I kept putting it down. Kids and life and sleep kept getting in the way and when I would find my way back to it, it would take me a few pages to remember where I was, get back in Cheryl mode and really immerse. Wild is best read in one solid weekend with little distractions around, a big old glass of wine, maybe a fire going in the fireplace. You need to really lose yourself in this book to appreciate its brilliance. And brilliant it is. The writing is fantastic, in my humble opinion. Real, raw, relatable. You feel everything with her – emotions, physical pain, fears. The fear got me the most. With every man she encountered I kept silently screaming at her “you’re going to get attacked!” It made me realize how fearful I am and her fearlessness (or moreso the control she had over her own fears) was the best take away I got from the book. That and the love she had for her mother. As a mother and a daughter, the way she describes that relationship – good and bad – was humbling and enlightening all at once. Love her or hate her, the Oprah Book Club version was good, too. Her notes at the end were thoughtful and a nice way to reflect on some of the book’s best passages. And finally, Reese is shooting the movie now and sharing some fun shots from set on her Instagram (@reesewitherspoon) so if you decide to read it and want a visual, there you have it.
Read Wild. It’s worth it.
I think my next pick is Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. I need a little Ephron-like thinking in my life right now. After that, I might dive into self-help mode with The Secrets of Happy Families. I consider us a pretty happy bunch, but I always love a good secret or two… 😉
Reading anything good right now that I should add to my list? Share in the comments!
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