2021 was off to a slow start in terms of my New Years resolution to read more, as the big move abroad majorly derailed that goal. Finally landing in a country with a cold, cold climate resulted in spending copious time indoors and allowed me to catch up to my reading goals.
So many unread in my iBooks queue, I had a ton from which to pick.
This is what I read during January:
I started Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger last year while still pregnant with the Pamper Pirate. One winter night after returning from the hospital (I had the worst cold and paranoia got the best of me), I started reading this because I was unable to find her old MTV reality show streaming or on iTunes. A year later, I opted to finish it and am happy I did.
Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti made me laugh so hard that I nearly (uhhh definitely) peed myself several times while reading. I also woke up my husband with the late night laughter. It is less of a memoir and more of a series of essays. I recommend this book with utmost enthusiasm.
I bought Fake Plastic Love by Kimberley Tait after it was included in a roundup by blogger Dean Zacharias on one of his channels. Color me #influenced by the OG of proper. It takes place in the early days of blogging and features an antagonist who makes her living curating a pink-tinted facade.
Melania and Me by Stephanie Winston Wolford was a post-inauguration choice. With the 45 era in the rear view, I was curious what those (who were once) on the inside thought of the previous first family. I kept internally screaming at the author, “GET OUT OF THIS!” Now that I know that the former first family is irrelevant, I am prepared to never to think about them again.
Karen Dukess’ The Last Book Party was an easy read. Set in 1980s Manhattan and Cape Cod during the heyday of Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney, I was hoping to read about juicy drug use, alas it only gets as juicy as an age-inappropriate, illicit affair and a husband-as-a-beard. So, still super juicy.
My favorite book I read during January was All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir by former Go-Go bassist Kathy Valentine. I wanted juicy and hoo-boy! Did Ms. Valentine deliver! I don’t know that I haven’t read anything so salacious – and heartbreaking! – since reading Lips Unsealed by her bandmate Belinda Carlisle.