January Reads

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This year, I have resolved to read more. Being a Communications grad with a specialized focus in English literature meant I was reading a book a day on average for 4 years straight. Needless to say, by the end of my undergrad studies, I was just about ready to retire from reading and writing. Yes, I know this is impossible, but a sista was burnt out!

The trouble with studying English (other than accidentally ending up in the Corporate world) is that I don’t really know what I like to read anymore. I’ve spent years reading books selected for me on course reading lists, so now that I have this literary freedom, I have no clue what to do with it!

So I’m starting light. I started with Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me and I think I’m on the right track. I don’t want something heavy (because, hello, I just relocated to Edmonton from Toronto and heavy reads will likely trigger homesickness/depression) and so here are the reads I selected:

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Kinsella, Sophie. Shopaholic to the Rescue. $33 CAD

Becky is on a major rescue mission through the American West to Las Vegas! Her father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with the husband of Becky’s best friend, Suze. Becky’s mum is hysterical; Suze is flat-out desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she’s convinced is up to no good.

Determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has disappeared, help Suze, contain the dreaded Alicia, and reunite her fractured family, Becky knows that she must marshal all her trademark ingenuity. The result: her most outrageous and daring plan yet!
 
But just when her family needs her more than ever, can Becky pull it off?

I kid you not when I say that reading Confessions of a Shopaholic in high school changed the way I saw the world. It was witty and hilariously written, and I aspired to write as simplistically and astute as Sophie Kinsella. I also started reading everything with a British accent in mind.

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Miller, Kelsey. Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got a Life. $18 CAD

A hilarious and inspiring memoir about one young woman’s journey to find a better path to both physical and mental health.
At twenty-nine, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed “eating plans,” which are diets that you pay more money for. She’d been fighting her un-thin body since early childhood, and after a lifetime of failure, finally hit bottom. No diet could transform her body or her life. There was no shortcut to skinny salvation. She’d dug herself into this hole, and now it was time to climb out of it.

Picking this book up was a no-brainer; “How I gave up dieting and got a life” DEFINES ME. Or at least it’s about to. I was even more pleased to learn she is a senior writer for Refinery29, one of my fave places to go to kill time (at work shh). I can’t wait to read this!

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Rhimes, Shonda. Year of Yes. $33 CAD

In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murderreveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.

I mean, this was written by the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Need I say more?

I can’t wait to get reading! What say you, blogosphere? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any reading recommendations for me? I’d love to hear in the comments below! xo

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