• Anastasia Hamurari

August and September in books

I will not hide the fact that the past two months have been a rough ride for me both professionally and mentally. The good thing is that books (along with physical activities) were my getaway that kept me sane. One of those little helpers was the “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler. The time I picked it up (or, should I say, opened it on my Kindle) was just perfect – I was in need of an easy read.

Have you heard of “Mean Girls”? Yeah, Amy was a part of this movie. This book is just as witty and hilarious. Do not expect to find long sophisticated sentences Dreiser had written in his books. You will also not find thought-provoking quests Brown puts you in when reading his novel. What you will find is some relatable twenty first century approved type of a talk that gives you an insight into a comedian/actress’s life.

I like various book genres for various reasons. Some keep you glued at night, while others leave you sobbing and unwillingly wetting paper pages. This genre in particular is neither one of them. It is the type that makes you laugh at times, makes you nod to certain sentences and makes you realize that we all stumble upon the same issues in our lifetimes regardless of social status and/or occupation.

This memoir stays true to its name till the very end. When reading it, you get a felling that you are having a conversation with a good friend discussing all the burning topics one could think of. Amy covers a wide range of life stories, starting with her job as a waitress in suburbs and ending with her unconditional love for her kids. She talks in details about her childhood, career path, friends, family and the combination of it all while living in three different cities – Boston, Chicago and New York. The memoir is filled with Amy’s sharp sense of humor and passion for what she is doing. It is a refreshing read in the middle of today’s chaotic world.

The second book I read took the nominee of the greatest self-help book I have ever read. It is the well-known “You are a badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life” by Jen Sincero. I am convinced that it is the perfect combination of everything one needs to hear in order to succeed in life: from subconscious decisions we make to the art of surrender.

There could not possibly be one person who would not consider his time well spent after finishing this book. It is that good. It is that resourceful and that badass-y. It made me write down three pages full of notes. I would write some more if I was not so caught up in it.

There is really not much to review since everything you need to know is right inside the book. Concepts of self-perception, power of the universe and the ability to kick ass are well known to everyone, yet only a few bother to incorporate them into their lives in one way or another. For those willing to do so, Jen, as a success coach, outlined all the not-so-evident at first points compactly organized in one source.

She talks not only about the reasons as to why you perceive the reality the way you do, but also about the ways to change that and start living the life you have always dreamt of. It is full of questions you need to ask yourself and actions you need to undertake to reach your goals. You can literally create your own set of actions and start acting while reading it. Or you can set it aside and continue living in your comfort zone. The choice is ultimately yours.

I know for myself that this kick in my butt to get up and start achieving instead of pointlessly dreaming and wasting my precious time was much needed.

A step outside of your earthy everyday life is what “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams offers. It is a look into an infinite galaxy with all its odd yet smart galactic creatures. A fiction I never thought I would pick up – but here I am reading it and kind of enjoying it. The reason I am using the phrase “kind of” is because I am new to this genre, thus am struggling to not put it down and switch to something else every time I encounter the not-so-comprehensive paragraph. That is probably why it took me a while to get though the one hundred and forty pages I would usually get through in a few hours.

The story takes you on a journey through space with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, where the former was saved by the latter just before the planet earth was demolished. Was it a blessing in disguise for Arthur? Most likely. However, keeping in mind that his life on earth full of absurd scenarios such as knock down of his house by a bulldozer to build a bypass, this blessing comes with no surprise.

Arthur finds himself on another planet in a span of a second after the earth is destroyed and is instantly met by the various galactic habitants who seem to change from one planet to another. By the lucky chance of the yet another travel with a speed faster than of a light, he “wins” at a probability theory coming to the newly made planet. This adventure of his takes different turns which are accompanied by some ridiculous conversations made up by the author.

Since I do have three (or four) more stories to read in order to complete the whole picture of this galaxy guide, some points still remain unclear to me (which is probably the way fiction works anyway). It was a nice experience getting acquainted with the totally new to me genre of books. Will I gravitate towards them in the future? I do not exclude this possibility, but for now I will stick to the hundreds of those I already have on my reading list.

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