Tag Archives: Memoir

Quick Take: Born A Crime

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
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This was absolutely delightful! I find Trevor Noah incredibly funny and so, I had to born a crimelisten to this via audiobook on a road trip that my boyfriend and I took this past weekend.

This was a very different memoir in that this focused on his childhood in South Africa, which was a huge part of why I loved this book so much! It was so interesting to hear about his experiences growing up as a bi-racial child in South Africa after the apartheid. It was both heartbreaking and really empowering. My biggest take away from this book was definitely that his mother is an actual BADASS!! She is fierce and doesn’t put up with anyone’s nonsense, which you can tell is where he gets his drive from.

This was a poignant memoir that confronts racism and classism in some real ways. It was empowering to read, as a person of color myself, and it is a much needed statement during this time of too much hate in the world. I highly recommend this book and I actually recommend listening to the audiobook version.

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Quick Take: Wild

Wild by Cheryl Strayd
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Whew! I have been in quite the reading and blogging slump, my friends -_- Le sigh… I wildfinished “Wild” by Cheryl Strayd at the beginning of April and totally put off my review and even picking up another book. But…I’m back! 🙂 I am posting a “quick take” review of this AND you’ll be seeing another review from me in the next few days here of another book I just finished. Your girl’s got her reading/blogging groove back! 😉

Like I said, I read “Wild” towards the beginning of April. A colleague/friend of mine lent it to me and it was one of my 2017 Pop-Sugar Reading Challenge reads. I was excited to pick this one up! I had heard quite a bit about it and had heard some great reviews. Overall, I did enjoy it. I think Cheryls’ writing style is captivating and incredibly expressive. Her writing somehow evokes the same feelings in you, as you read her words on the page. Her story is heartbreaking and empowering, all at the same time…and I fully appreciate Cheryl putting herself out there for the world to see. Continue reading

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Quick Take: Stitches

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott
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518ddif1ddl-_sx280_bo1204203200_Years ago, I saw Anne Lamott speak at a conference and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Her explanations of writing and love and grace were unlike anything I had experienced up to that point. I then read Bird by Bird, and got about 300 pages of the same thing. I loved it.

I recently saw Anne Lamott speak again last week at church, and felt more of the same. Afterwards, I got to snag two books and get them signed–this one, and a free copy of her new one, Hallelujah Anyway. Just like a few years back, Stitches was just what I needed.

“Some people have a thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world.”

This is a good book when you’re tired of how f–ked up the world is, which feels like a daily occurrence nowadays (or is that just me?). She makes some great, poetic points interwoven into her beautifully told stories. It’s a super quick read, so you can set aside an afternoon to knock it out. I knocked off a star because the narrative felt a little disorganized at parts.

Side note: I really liked the design of this book, especially the dark green ink for the print. Hallelujah Anyway is printed in dark purple, which I am all about! Why don’t more books do this?!

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Quick Takes: Blue Highways

Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
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51rupujsryl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Quick Takes: In an effort to finally review some books I’ve read in the past year, I’m gonna throw these posts up on the blog in a shorter form. 

Blue Highways is what I wanted On the Road to be, but didn’t even know it. Heat-Moon travels around the continental US, choosing to only use the small highways, avoiding major cities and coming across unique characters in all these small towns. It’ll make you dream of the 80s, complete with your own beat up van to live out of for the next year or so.

Although his writing is quite different than Kerouac’s it was still wonderful–both simple and lyrical. There was a sense of the spiritual throughout, but without being too pushy or critical of any faith. I think the tone of this narration is exactly what the story needed, and was the perfect embodiment of Americana, or what Americana should be. If you long to dive into a (not ideal, but) true picture of what once was, maybe still is, give this a go.

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hartfive-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi

bufferingI got my hands on the Kindle version of this book recently at a pretty good deal via Amazon, and I had been really wanting to check this one out!

I have loved Hannah Harts’ videos for a couple of years now. Not only is she wildly funny and incredibly intelligent, Hannah is authentic, vulnerable and a genuine person for others. I have always appreciated her advocacy for the LGBTQIA++ population and mental health awareness. I dig that she uses her platform to do good 🙂

As I am a consumer of Hannahs’ content, I have definitely heard her journey about this book, so I was all ready for an emotional roller coaster of a book and LET. ME. TELL. YOU. This book hits you in all the feels!! I very much appreciate Hannahs’ willingness to be so open and vulnerable with her readers and her viewers, that this book truly felt like a gift. Reading more about her experience grappling with her mothers’ schizophrenia, her familial relationships, her coming-out experience, her musings on friendship and her view of the entertainment industry – was an incredible reading experience. Continue reading

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Defense Mechanisms 101

Words that describe this book: nonfiction, self-help, memoir, Christian. If any of those words give you indigestion, keep scrolling 🙂

Although I have never met Donald Miller, after reading yet another one of his books, I feel as if our “friendship” has grown. His storytelling and vulnerability keep his books from feeling like another nonfiction spiritual book on fill-in-the-blank, and Scary Close is no exception.

Scary Close – 5/5

All his books have had an impact on me, but man, Scary Close left me reeling. Much like Blue Like Jazz, it was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. I could have finished this book in a day, but had to stop myself. I wanted to soak it all in. I wanted to spend some time mulling over the truths in each chapter. Even though I finished it a few days ago, I’m still going back to the last few chapters and adding a bit more to the pages of notes and reflections and little activities I jotted down. Continue reading

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