One thing I always promise myself is to read more. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. Over lunch I grab my library card, skip through the park, past stores lined with scarily expensive shoes and sushi that is beautiful but kinda makes me gag. In the aisles of a tiny city library, in a building where people get married and they do weekly reading and writing clubs, I trace my fingers down the spines and feel the words within humming with the desire to be read.
Reading is magic. It takes you on adventures, it lets you feel, and it teaches you in endless and inspiring ways. Life feels better when I have a couple of books waiting for me to just spend a minute with them. Here’s what I’ve been spending some time with lately.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
The Short: Troubled child star finds her happy
The Long: Total goddess, Drew, talks us through some stories of her life, shedding some light on her past and present but mostly showing you that you can be whatever you want to be. Wildflower is basically a look into lifestyle creation in it’s finest way. Drew built her own family, her own way of living, and her own happiness. If you’re in need of a massive dose of lovely, and are partial to a bit of Drew appreciation, get your nose stuck in. It’s defo one of my new favies.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
The Short: But why didn’t they text me back, tho?
The Long: Aziz goes in with this. It’s definitely not just another Comedian Humor Lifestyle Stuff book (although that happens to be my all-time favourite genre), Modern Romance is a full-on in-depth analysis of the current climate for relationships. It’s all kinds of hilarious but also very smart and it’s two cover designs rocked my world.
Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
The Short: 90s band girl figuring it out
The Long: Carrie is my unbeknownst BFF for a few reasons (mostly this) so it was great to read a really nice memoir that didn’t make me cringe. It’s pretty heavy on the concept of self-creation and reinvention which always resonates hard.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
The Short: Social media and internships and secret name-dropping
The Long: I ended up flipping through most pages and skimming to the bits that seemed more relevant. To be honest, it’s not that relevant for me but I appreciate Aliza’s straight-talking prose.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Short: Perfect book for laughing in public places
The Long: Literally cannot count the number of times I laughed (audibly) on public transport reading this. I think that means that Mindy wants to be my best friend and, ok, I’ll accept, I’ll do it, Minds. For rizzle though, Mindy is an angel and I hope she continues to fill screens and books with intelligent, hilarz, kind, and mean creations for always and all eternity.
Radical Self Love by Gala Darling
The Short: Just be fucking nice to yourself.
The Long: This babe gets me. I’ve long been gobbling up everything Gala writes and after feeling royally shitty for a few weeks I picked this bad boy up again, took a bubble bath and read some highlighted passages out loud. It’s a quick, easy to digest, and can be a pretty instantanious cure.
If there are any reads you’ve been digging that you’d totally dig to see if I dug, then holla at your girl.