I’ve been a stressed little bean these last couple couple weeks. 2017 is giving me a run for my money right from the get go. I’m taking everything in stride and making the best of it for sure, but sometimes you need to a break. One of the ways I’m staying sane is by escaping into a book. There’s something so relaxing and even refreshing about taking a break from your own reality by reading about someone else’s, fiction or non-fiction. I love reading other people’s book recommendations and I thought I’d put my own spin on it by sharing what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I’ll be reading next.
Because I’m obsessed with The Office, I’m a slave to the autobiographies written by any actors that may have been even remotely involved with the show. Seriously, if you love The Office as much as I do, you need to read Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and both of Mindy Kaling’s books (1, 2) ASAP for some behind the scenes details you may not have heard of before.
My latest read was Rainn Wilson’s The Bassoon King and it did not disappoint. I think everyone can see a part of themselves in Rainn Wilson. He’s unabashedly honest about his struggle to find clarity and strength in his religious beliefs in his youth, his mega nerdy music and theater background, and of course, some details on The Office (and a Foreword by Dwight Schrute!). That’s just a small sampling of what makes this one of the most immersive autobiographies I’ve read in a while. He peeled back his layers and let us into his mind and his heart. Plus, he’s just hilarious.
In The Middle Of
I’m almost aways reading a Chuck Palahniuk book. He’s been my number one since high school and every book of his I read reminds me of just why I love him. His books are definitely not for the easily offended or light hearted. I’m in the middle of Damned, a satire written from the perspective of a teen girl in hell. It has the jagged edges of all the Chuck Palahniuk books I love with added sass and teen angst. So far, way good.
B and I have a special connection to the story of the women in Hidden Figures. If you’re new around here, you might not know that this time last year, we moved to Virginia because B began an internship at NASA Langley. What was supposed to be a few months at NASA became a full year and it was so incredible to see the experience fulfill and challenge him. Hidden Figures is the story of black, female mathematicians at Langley who worked as human computers to not only advance America’s standing in the space race, but to pave the way for women working in STEM sciences. We watched the movie in the beginning of January (It was amazing. We cried our little eyes out the entire time.) and I can’t wait to dive into the book to flesh out their story.