A few weeks ago I got a wild hair and ended up at Barnes & Noble. After spending about 2 hours reading the back or inside cover of every book I saw, I finally landed on two books. The goal? To start reading!
Okay, I know that sounds funny, but after college, something inside me said there's so much more to do than read. And as bad as it sounds, I don't regret it. Life is happening every minute of every day and I don't really want to pass it up with my nose stuck in a book!
Don't get me wrong, I read, just not a ton. It may take me months to go through a book. But when we moved to Virginia, I have a bit more free time (it is nice!) and I figure it's not going to hurt my intelligence to read, so why not? It may even help with with the whole slow-down-and-be-still thing. I'm a bit rusty on that as well.
The first book I chose to read was 'Thin is the New Happy' by Valerie Frankel. It's her memoir related to body image issues she's had since a kid.
I was always that kid- not overly fat or anything, but always seeing a distorted body image. And honestly, I still struggle with it today. So that's why I picked this book up.
In short, she's a chronic dieter and it's her journey to being happy with herself. I was pleasantly surprised that the things she did to overcome her body image issues were out of the norm. It's a breath of fresh air from the "I talked to my counselor and started writing my feelings down." No, it's way deeper than that.
She's a very imaginative writer, but doesn't lose you in her creative add-in stories. Humorous. And she uses a lot of big words. Like, BIG words. As in, I was a professional writing major and I didn't even know these words existed. But it doesn't get in the way of the flow of the book, and you won't be running to your dictionary for the definition because you'll just want to keep on reading.
Bonus: She has lived a pretty cool life- cool jobs (for the wanna-be writer in me) and a dynamic home life, to say the least.
Overall, I'd give it an A. I read through it quickly, loved her intelligence level, and was able to relate to her even though our stories aren't identical. It was a good read.
And now here's your chance to read it! Leave a comment on this post (make sure there's a way I can get in touch with you- whether it links up to your blog or however you want to handle that). On Friday, February 4th I'll pick a winner at random and mail it out to you! Good luck!