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.
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 about menstruation 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.