“The Happiness Project”

A woman at work recommended this book to me.  It outlines a year long pursuit of happiness by the author.  Although everyone’s “happiness project” would be different, there were a couple key themes that I really took out of the book and have tried to incorporate into my daily life.

1.  Enjoy Now – The idea behind that one is that we all plan to be happy when we write the big novel, get the big promotion, move to the big house…and we forget to take pleasure in the “now.”

2. Lighten Up when it comes to parenthood – One of my goals for 2015 is to increase my patience (which is difficult with a 2 year old)

3.  Make Time for Friends – specifically “Show Up” – thought here is that a big part of friendship is showing up and making the time!

“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me”

Since my fellow bloggers have been raving about Mindy Kaling’s show (which I haven’t yet watched), I thought I would give her book a try.  It was truly hilarious and I found it similar to Tina Fey’s book with the personal stories and insights into her life growing up.  A definite recommended good read and I knew I would like it when on page 5 she writes, “I would like to be friends with Beyonce Knowles” because I also would like to be friends with Beyonce and Pink.

I really enjoyed the chapter on Karaoke though – I’ve included a my favorite quote below cause it’s so true and it reminds me of when we had a karaoke machine in our Gilman house that one summer:

“When I pick songs for karaoke, I have 3 concerns; (1) What will this song say about me? (2) How will I sound singing it? and (3) How will it make people feel?  The Key is that the third one matters the most, by a factor of a hundred.  When most people sing karaoke, they think of themselves as contestants on American Idol, and they sing and perform their hearts out.  But I really think people should be thinking of themselves more as temporary DJs for a party.  It’s kind of a responsibility.”

Bossypants

BossypantsLoved this book.  Was surprised at how much was related to women in the workplace and thought it had great advice.  Also, enjoyed reading about her days at Second City, living in Chicago, and being on SNL.  Would definitely recommend.  Go Tina Fey!

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

HullabalooJust finished reading this book.  It’s about a boy in India who tries to escape from society runs off to sit in a tree– only to find there is no escaping.  A funny book with great writing.  by Anita Desai.  Also, love the word “hullabaloo”.  Would definitely recommend.

The Help

The HelpI loved this book.  It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did, wanted to keep reading.  Had so many great underlying themes regarding race, gender, social class, friendships, abuse, politics, and decision making.  And told with a great sense of humor and hope.  Think Minnie was my favorite character.  Also, made me start fantasizing about writing a book and how great of a career that would be.  Debating whether I should watch the movie as I don’t want it to take away from the book.