Review: Girl, Stop Apologizing

Title: Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

Author: Rachel Hollis

Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership

Length: 240 pages

Genre: self-help

Rachel Hollis has built her platform on the idea that women are powerful and should embrace their dreams. In a companion to Girl, Wash Your Face, Hollis explores excuses women need to stop using, behaviors to adopt, and skills to acquire. Peppering her advice with personal anecdotes, Hollis explores the idea that you should go after your dreams with a solid plan and without shame.

I really liked this book, as should be evidenced by the fact that I read it twice in about two months. The first time, I listened to it on audio. Hollis narrates with gusto and enthusiasm that makes it really fun to listen to. It’s easy to get caught up with her outlook and her belief that if you work hard enough, you too can achieve your goal, whatever that goal is. My hard copy is highlighted all over the place and I may even go back and take notes so I can refer to them in the future.

Things I like about the book:

  1. Hollis’s positive outlook.
  2. Her advice on the excuses, behaviors, and skills.
  3. Her 10-10-1 guide to narrowing down your future dream life to 10 dreams to 1 goal to work for.
  4. Her disdain for the term “girl-boss” (a term that, I too, am not fond of).
  5. Her personal stories.

Things I didn’t like:

Not much. I mean, I felt like her story about her boob job was just in there because she wanted to tell a funny story about getting a boob job, but it’s her book. She can do that if she wants. And it was funny. Her story about Amsterdam stressed me out because I’m a planner, but I didn’t dislike it. Yeah, there wasn’t really anything about the book I wouldn’t like.

I would definitely recommend this book. If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted, but serious self-help book that will help you organize your dreams into goals, this is a great book for you!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are invited to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

I think I’m overextending myself a bit this week. I’m reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, which I love, Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin, which is interesting, Rage by Jonathan Maberry, which is super intense,and I’m listening to 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin, which is good. I’m enjoying everything I’m reading, I’m just reading a lot.

Recently Finished

Even though I listened to Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis a month or so ago, I bought the book and reread it in my spare time (I’m not even being sarcastic; I read during recess). I quite enjoyed the reread and got a lot out it.

Reading next: I have no idea what I’m reading next. Either something off the huge pile of books in my room, or I’ll get something I don’t need from the library. I can’t focus enough to decide.

What are you reading this week?

Top 5 Audiobooks

It’s Top 5 Tuesday time! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic is top 5 audiobooks.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a funny book on its own. Add in the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, and it’s laugh out loud, roll on the floor hilarious. This book was so much fun to listen to. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Every character, every part, every nuance was so well done. Kellgren has such a sly style. You could hear the wink and the nudge at the shenanigans, but she never went overboard and made it a parody. It was just perfect, and I loved every moment of this book.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston was the first audiobook I listened to. I didn’t know what to expect going in and was unsure if it was the medium for me, but this book quickly won me over. It has duel narrators, and both Elle and Dairen’s voices were really well done. While not as hilarious as My Lady Jane, this book was solid and entertaining.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is a non-fiction book. Part memoir, part self-help, Hollis herself reads it. She does it with an upbeat enthusiasm that really got my charged. I listened to the last bit after going through a terrible moment at work, and it absolutely washed that terribleness away in a fit of rah-rah-rah. I think she’s an interesting writing and an excellent narrator and found the book engaging.

I read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett about ten years ago and really enjoyed it. I loved both Aziraphale and Crowley, probably a little too much, but that’s fine. I liked the idea of the Antichrist being misplaced and all the hullabullo that went along with it. I thought the narrator of this did an excellent job. There were a few things I didn’t like–Adam being the main one–but, overall, I thought he was great.

I went back and forth on whether to include Star Trek: Q-in-Law by Peter David on the list, but ultimately decided I had to. The problem with it is, despite the fact it says it’s unabridged, it’s totally abridged. An entire subplot is dropped! I only know that because I’ve read the book 53 million times. However, it’s narrated by John Delancie, who played Q, and Majel Barret, who played Lwaxana Troi, and it’s just so well done. They are perfect together, and it’s a real shame that the characters never interacted on the show. I would have loved for this book to be adapted into the show; it would have been comedy gold. At last I have the audiobook. And, really, who needs a Wesley subplot?

What are some of your favorite audiobooks?

Autumn Tag

I saw this tag on Victorious Pages and thought it looked like fun. Since I’m currently juggling fifteen million books and finishing none, I thought I’d do this instead of my usual Monday review.

Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I’m sure it will come as no surprise if you’ve been around awhile that my comfort read is Beauty by Robin McKinley. It’s my favorite book and whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always return to it.

Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

I love writing, but I also love singing and making costumes. If I had to choose one, I’d say singing, because it’s the easiest to do at the spur of the moment.

Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I actually kind of like it when the time changes. Not in the long run, because I get depressed when it’s dark, but the first few days of waking up to light and getting home when the sun is setting gives me a cozy feeling.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Hmmm, I’m not sure. I love getting up early, but the trade-off is I have to go to bed early, and I think people judge that. Adults go to bed after a certain time, and I go to bed before that accepted time. Even my mom is like, “You go to bed that early? Why?” Well, I wake up around five. Sometimes four thirty. I need my sleep.

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Going to Disneyland or the beach. I love both those places. In an ideal world, Disneyland would be on the beach.

Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

Is Interview with the Vampire scary? Because that book and probably 28 Days Later for film.

Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

Anything chocolate.

Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

Gloves. My hands get cold so easily. Of course, the gloves don’t really do anything, but I dare to dream.

Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. OMG, I love that book so much. All the characters are wonderful, the plot is great, and it just makes me so happy.

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I can’t really think of anything.

I’ve had quite a few new followers in the last few weeks, so if you just started following my blog, consider yourself tagged. I also tag anyone who wants to do this.

Weekly Wrap-up

It’s been a busy week! Most of my week was taken up with drama with my phone. To save money, I decided to switch carriers, then went about it all wrong and lost phone service for two days. I spent most of Wednesday and Thursday night trying to get it all resolved. I didn’t get much writing or reading done, but I did manage to do some.

The best part of the week was Thursday, when I got home to find a package in my mailbox. I was confused because I didn’t remember ordering anything. Then, I saw it was from a publisher. I tore it open and found that I’d won Rage by Jonathan Maberry in a Goodreads giveaway. Y’all, I was so excited I began jumping up and down. I love Jonathan Maberry’s books and have been so looking forward to reading this one. I’m so thrilled I won.

In other news, I’ve decided to try and submit some non-fiction, personal essays to various locations. I’m always on the lookout for beta readers, so if you’re interested in reading some short essays about my life, let me know. I’m confident in my fiction writing, but have no idea if my non-fiction writing is any good, so I need more help.

This week looks to be shaping up well. On Monday, I’m taking my class to the symphony, which I hope will be fun for them. I’m excited. Tuesday, I get to give a presentation at a staff meeting. In between all that, I’m trying to get back to the gym more consistently and am toying with the idea of running a 5K, which means I need to start running.

Reading wise, I’m currently reading about four books. How do you tackle reading multiple books at once? I read a chapter or two from one, then switch and read the next, but maybe there’s a better system. Any ideas?

Monday: The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Under represented Tropes or Characters

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Autumn Tag

Tuesday: Top 5 Audiobooks

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis (review)

Friday: Are TBRs necessary to be a book blogger or reader?

How was your week?

Let’s Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky at Eternity Books. This week’s discussion question is, “What are some tropes/characters that you think are poorly or under represented in books? “

So this is going to seem weird after my passionate defense of sexual content in YA last week, but I think that asexuality and teenage characters who aren’t ready to have sex are under represented in books. And, of course, those are two totally separate situations.

The way I define asexuality is a lack of sexual desire. I know there are many degrees of asexuality and asexual people who have sex, but my basic definition is someone who doesn’t have the desire to have sex. I like the way it was defined in Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, where the main character said something to the effect of, “You know how some people don’t care about running? Well, that’s me. I don’t care about sex.” While that’s not how I personally define asexuality for me, it’s pretty damn close.

There are some books out there about people who are asexual. I’ve read three: Let’s Talk About Love, The Girls Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, and All the Wrong Places by Anne Gallagher. I also know there are more books coming out or that are out. But it’s not a widespread thing and I would like to see it more normalized.

The second under represented trope is teenagers who aren’t ready to have sex. It seems like any romance with teenagers ends up, at some point, with the teenagers choosing to have sex. And, like I said last week, having sex and exploring sexuality is perfectly natural and many teenagers do it, there are also many teenagers who choose not to have sex for a whole host of reasons. I’d like to see more books where someone tries and realizes, no, it’s not for them. Not yet, not now. Or doesn’t try and just knows that they’re not ready. Where are all the books about late bloomers? I’d like to see more.

What are some tropes or characters you think need better representation? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday October 16

Oh, boy, has it been a week. Especially last night when ALL THE THINGS went wrong. But I’m not here to talk about all the things. I’m here to talk about books. It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently listening to 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin, which is a companion to her book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, which I read earlier this year. I find myself relating to a lot of the things she says and recognize myself in a lot of the “Do any of these sound like you?” section. I hope that changes.

I’m reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. I read her The Happiness Project a few years ago, and this is a companion where she concentrates on how she can be happier at home (duh). It’s a nice, easy read.

I also started Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, and I’m already hooked. I was so sad last night when my exhausted brain stopped understanding what was going on and I had to put it down.

I’m also sort of rereading Girl, Stop Apologizing, which I had listened to earlier this year. I’m just going through my copy and making notes.

What did you just finish?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have no idea. I have a huge stack of books and I’m barely remembering to pull from it. Instead, I keep checking out books from the library. I might read My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, since that’s on top of the pile.

What are you reading this week?