Thursday, April 19, 2012

Whatever Happened to that Challenge?!

Well.... end of last year I challenged myself to read 30 autobiographies/biographies/memoirs before I turned 30 (a year time frame). I even created a separate blog for it. Well... I'm happy to say I'm still reading! I'm still crossing books off my list.

Today I finished Book 7 (Bossypants by Tina Fey). I've been enjoying most of the books but I've just stopped blogging about them. It felt way too book reportish. The pressure of reading it and then HAVING to write about it just made the whole experience suck. I should have stuck with... This is what I'm doing.... and I'll update you as I feel like it. Instead... I have a severely dieing blog!

I don't plan on jumping on the blog and bringing it back to life.... but I do plan on blogging about it from time to time here. So.... where am I in this journey.... how has it gone?

I stopped blogging part of the way through The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. I actually have a draft from 2/3/12 waiting to be reviewed and published. I really think that was the book that broke my blogs back. I wasn't enjoying reading it. It bored me. I was learning BUT I sure as hell didn't want to write about it after reading it. I had 200 pages left and found myself HATING the thought of reading sooooooo I decided to stop. I'll tack on an extra book on the end if I feel guilty.

From there I read A Stolen Life, By Jaycee Dugard. I read it in a day and a half. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. It was intense and sad and overwhelming in some parts. BUT her growth and strength was so so so inspiring. She is a miracle and sets an amazing example for moving forward and not clinging to the past or letting the past identify who you are.

NEXT I read Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch. AWESOME woman and AWESOME book. I probably would have read it in two days but there is something called being a mom, work, cleaning..... you know... all the other important stuff that gets in the way of reading awesome books. What was so awesome about it? Well I just loved the way it was written. I had no real knowledge of her besides I love the characters that she acts. She is a very down to earth person. I felt like she was letting me become her BFF by reading her words. What was inspiring? I guess... Reading about being true to yourself and going for what you want even when you don't know who you are or what you want.

I JUST wrapped up Bossypants by Tina Fey today. It took me 3 weeks or so to finish. I could have wrapped it up sooner but the last few week evenings have been exhausting or busy. I enjoyed it but not as much as the books following The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I enjoyed her thoughts and beliefs on being a working mother and the importance of women being strong in the work world. BUT....... that's about it. She's funny on screen and I love her work but the book left me a little disappointed.

So now I'm moving on to Thinking in Pictures My Life with Autism, By Temple Grandin just in time for the end of Autism Awareness month. Wish me luck!


  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed Jane Lynch's biography. My partner gave it to me for Christmas and I'm yet to read it.
    Do you think you will read many more business person/political leader biographies?
    Cheers, Caylie

    1. I'll probably read a few more business people biographies. I'm not sure about political ones. I've tackled two so far and really didn't enjoy either of them. I do have some middle eastern books lined up and some other people that aren't celebrities. Enjoy Happy Accidents!