I did a lot of reading this month. I don’t know what got into me, but I couldn’t put down any books this month. Find out below was was on my list!
This is the story of Rachel Beer, heiress, philanthropist, and newspaper pioneer. The book captures the story and success of her and her husband’s family’s climb to the top. All of this taken place during the Victorian Era, it’s hard to believe that a woman accomplished so much. While holding musical salons and charitable events, Mrs. Beer was also able to take hold of “The Observer” and “The Sunday Times.” This was in a time where it was scoffed for women to work and let alone get paid for it. She held liberal, unpopular views, but ones that she was passionate about. She was a driven, liberated woman with wisdom and innovations well beyond her years. While her story wasn’t storybook, she lived with great intent and pride.
This book is currently not out and only available for pre-order. I would strongly suggest you get it now. I had many late nights staying up and reading this. It’s about the story of revenge, murder, and stalking in a small town. There are multiple crimes, many reasonable suspects, and a quest for justice. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, things will completely change and make you rethink the accomplice. As someone who has always secretly wanted to be a spy detective, this book is golden.
Do you know how long I’ve been waiting for this book? Probably the amount of time it took Jenny Lawson to write it. If you follow The Bloggess, you know of her infamous stories, her odd sense of reasoning, and her love of taxidermy (especially if it has a cute dress on). The book expands and gives a more in depth look at her childhood, her relationship with Victor, and her strange encounters with animals of all varieties. I promise that you won’t stop laughing.
This book is all about positive problem solving. It helps you get over the humps of blame, excuses, and negative thought. It’s a very fast read and more of a reference book on how to change the way you behave in the case of a problem of any sort. I was attracted to this book because I can be stubborn or get easily angry at morning (and evening) commuters. I think this is a great guide to assessing your problems and figuring out how to deal with them.
This is all about life and times of America’s favorite burlesque dancer, Gypsy Rose Lee. Growing up in the early 1900′s, she faced a life of struggle and strife, one that would lead to much fame and success. The book leads us through the roaring twenties, a time of speakeasies and Vaudeville and unfortunately, the Great Depression. We see behind the glitter and glamour, into a world of family conflicts, skimming the law, and doing anything it takes to get to the stage. While I will always love memoirs, I would particularly recommend this one just to grasp the personality of Gypsy Rose. She was a strong, bold woman that wasn’t ashamed or embarrassed by her lifestyle, and paved the way for American culture during a very trying time.
You can also read my review of “A Titanic Love Story” by June Hall McCash here if you missed it earlier!
What did you read this month?