A Year In Books- The Final Chapter.

Last week, I completed the final week in my Year of Books. For those of you who may be new to my blog, last January I made a resolution to read one book a week for every week of 2011. And guess what? I did it! For the first time in my life, I actually fulfilled my New Year’s resolution. It feels good y’all. Real good.

How To Be A Woman

The final book of my Year in Books was How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. And. It. Was. Mind. Blowing. I’m so completely bowled over by this book, I don’t even know if I have the words to convey what a hilarious and moving revelation it is. Every single woman reading this blog needs to buy it immediately (but it’s not out in the US yet so you have to order it from Amazon UK). Actually, every man reading this blog should buy this book as well. Sure, you may not be able to relate to some of the brilliant anecdotes but it would probably give you a lot of insight into what the hell is going on in your girlfriend/wife/sister/Mom/Aunt/Barista’s head.

This book was absolutely hilarious but it also made me reevaluate why I do some of the things I do and examine some of the reasons why certain things seem so intrinsic to being a woman. It also totally made me realize how ill prepared most of us are for being a woman. I mean, I learned all aboutΒ menstruationΒ and the changes that would happen to my body in school but that doesn’t even begin to cover all we need to know to be women. Moran asks those questions I never thought to ask but absolutely needed to know and had me literally laughing until I gave myself the hiccups. It was glorious.

I don’t even think I’m capable of praise high enough for this book. Moran was able to make me think critically about feminism, weddings, sex, shopping, and my body while also making me laugh hysterically. She also shares her stories of figuring out this thing called womanhood and what that really means and those stories are both moving and hilarious. I loved every single word in this book. Every. Single. Word. I don’t know what else to say except that I am so happy I was able to end my Year In Books with this book and that I think y’all should read it.

The End.

26 thoughts on “A Year In Books- The Final Chapter.

  1. RE: being a woman.

    Yeah, I don’t really know what it is either. I mean, if a girl has hairy armpits and a unibrow, does that mean she’s not feminine. What does it mean to be feminine?

    Can you answer these questions for me or do I have to read the book?

  2. A friend of mine gave me a book called “How To Be A Man” for Christmas. I’m looking forward to reading about how to land a jumbo jet (which is one of the subjects covered in the book), but I don’t know how much it will teach me about being a man.

    Maybe I’ll read “How To Be A Woman” and decide which one I prefer? Can I do that or am I stuck?

    Happy New Year by the way, I’m sure 2012 has plenty of awesomeness in store for you! πŸ™‚

    1. Let me know if you like “How To Be A Man”, I might need to check it out so no one can accuse me of bias. πŸ˜‰ Also, I think you can definitely read “How To Be A Woman” if you want.

      Happy New Year!!! I hope this year treats you sensationally!

  3. That sounds fabulous, and congratulations again on fulfilling a VERY impressive New Year’s Resolution! I finished both the Mindy Kaling book and Tina Fey’s over break, so I can turn to Alice Bliss! “Bossypants” was just perfect. LOVED it.

  4. So, I’m guessing you hated the book? LOL, I kid! But that’s great. Seriously, because of the reviews you’ve given for the books you read I have created a mental queue of sorts. Just need to finish grad school and I’ll hopefully be up to reading one book a week too!

  5. Gah! Not available until May 8th on Kindle. I should bookmark this so I don’t lose it. You made me want to read it. I do hope you keep doing this. It helps me find books I would enjoy! πŸ˜€
    I’ll be eagerly drumming my fingers until this one comes out. I hope I don’t wind up with holes in my desk!

  6. Are you gonna keep doing this???
    Well well…
    what are the new resolutions for this year??
    I just finished reading Sarah’s Key.
    Its pretty good but I was depressed for a week.

  7. Well done on the completed journey. You must be on cloud nine now πŸ™‚
    Really amazing feeling when what we set out to is accompolished.

    So what’s next ? πŸ™‚

  8. First of all, congratulations on completing this goal. I’ve set a similar one for myself this year, one book every 10 days and I hope to stick to it, you have certainly given me inspiration to do so. Secondly I will be making this book one of my reads.


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