Okay, here it is, I’m doing it. I’m putting the nerd back in Makeup Nerdery and adding some book lovin’ to this place. I feel like society often tells us that books/brains and beauty don’t go together and I’m just another woman here to tell you that’s a crock of shit. You can be smart and still rock a badass red lip or fierce wing or whatever else you’re into. (You can also not wear makeup at all, but that is definitely not me.)
So, book reviews. For all my years of endless internet rambling, this is a new one for me. Last summer a friend recommended a book to me which I will write about at a later date, but it was already on my list and she told me to read it and I absolutely fell back in love with fiction and reading in general after we had taken a lot of time apart during/after the Hell on Earth that was grad school. Anyway, I read a lot now. Well, not like Elissa level of a lot, but a lot for me.
For 2019 I set two goals:
- Read 20 books (with a bonus of getting to 25 if possible)
- Read only women (I can get into this more if anybody wants to talk about it, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about right now).
As with everything else I throw myself into, I now cannot shut up about my books. Right now I want to talk about I Hate Everyone But You, the first little fiction from Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, whose names you might recognize from their former jobs being awesome Jewesses on BuzzFeed. They now also do a podcast together called Just Between Us, but I have the aural attention span of a toddler so I haven’t listened to it yet. (Look, I’m trying really hard to get into podcasts okay, I even listened to an entire episode of Sammi Jefcoate’s As You Are today, but it’s a slow process.) I digress. I say little fiction because it was a short and easy read, but by no means is the story little. I chose it thinking it would be a quick and funny fluff story that I could plow through in a few days as a much needed break for my brain as I make my way through a pretty intense WWII-historical-fiction-badass-lady-spy series (Maggie Hope Mysteries by Susan Elia MacNeal, highly recommend; I am starting book four tonight after I finish writing this and take a shower and do all my skincare – yes I will eventually do an updated skincare routine Tara thank you for asking).
So I went into this thinking it would be short and sweet and it was more like short, very funny, but also an emotional roller coaster that nearly made me cry and also made me feel very seen by both main characters. I want everyone to read this. My mom would probably hate it, but I think she’d gain some new understanding about my sister and me and our friends too.