I have definitely started to get through a lot of nonfiction, especially memoir type books, this year. The three that will be listed in this mini review post are all from strong women with very different paths. But I overall enjoyed all three.
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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”
It’s been a while since I’ve listened to this book, but I do remember enjoying the stories and what was learned from them. A friend recommended this one to me and I’m glad I was finally able to get to it. While I enjoyed Rhimes journey about being more open to things that come to her, it wasn’t revolutionary. And that’s okay. Sometimes you need a reminder that having the courage to say yes to something is just as important as actually doing the thing. I would agree with some reviewers that Rhimes had a tendency to meander around to the point too much in this book. Overall, I would still recommend this to others.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
Tina Fey is awesome and I enjoyed hearing her journey to realizing her dream of being a comedian. It gives brief looks into her childhood and teenage years though mostly focuses on her early adulthood and her journey into comedy. Her stories of course has humor laced throughout but does not blot out some of the key lessons learned. I personally remember from this memoir that if you have a dream and you really want it, the only way you’re going to get it is to keep working towards it. It is also important to not care what people think of this dream or how you’re living your life.
Educated by Tara Westover
“An education is not so much about making a living as making a person.”
Educated is an entirely different story of a someone’s journey. It was completely engrossing to listen to; to listen to Westover’s journey to learning that there was more to the world than just her family’s home on the hill in Idaho. There was more than the thoughts and teachings of her father; that a family should always love and support you. What I really loved about this book is that it shows just how important an education is and that education happens constantly all around us, in and outside of a traditional classroom. Becoming educated is a lifelong journey if you allow it and it is a wonderful journey to have.
Overall, I highly enjoyed all three of these books, though I will admit that I think Educated is my favorite out of the three. However, all three reinforced the importance of doing what is best for yourself and not somebody else; and being strong can have different looks. At the end of the day, we should go for what we want and not worry about what others think without bringing others down.