I’ve always been a voracious reader. In fact, my love of reading is what eventually lead to my love of writing. I enjoy all types of literature- fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, you name it! If reading was a sport, I’d win every time. Since my major requires me to take several english classes, I often have to read extensively for school work, but I also make a conscious effort to read for pleasure, no matter how busy life gets! Recently, I’ve read three books I thoroughly enjoyed, and I thought I’d share them with you today.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler has been one of my idols ever since I started watching the TV series Parks and Recreation. In her hilarious and whip-smart memoir, she recounts her childhood in Massachusetts, her love affair with comedy, and her career in the public eye. I loved reading about her long time friendship with fellow improv comedian and actress Tina Fey, as well as her thoughts on working for SNL and the screenwriting profession as a whole. Amy emphasizes the themes of female empowerment, not comparing yourself to others, and putting in the hard work to get where you want to go. This book is a must read- plus it includes pictures!
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey also recently released her memoir Bossypants. In this funny and insightful account of her life and career thus far, she shares about her experiences in the male dominated world of comedy and screenwriting, her thoughts on current culture, and her struggles as a new mother. Fey’s fast paced style and masterful story telling skills make for a quick and enjoyable read. This book also include photos- always a bonus!
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I literally could not put this book down. It was glued to my hand. I’m pretty sure I read this 400+ page book in less than a week. It is the story of princess Kelsea’s rise to the thrown amidst the chaos of the dystopian world called The Tearling. It is set in the future, but The Tearling is technologically undeveloped, so it seems more like the primitive middle ages. The character development in this book is extremely well done- Kelsea is both likable and deeply flawed. It leaves the reader on a major cliff hanger, so be prepared to run out and buy the sequel!
And there you have it friends, a few of my recent reads! Will you read them too? What are you reading purely for fun these days? I’d love to know, I need recommendations.