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You can’t help but feel a sense of empowerment after reading #GirlBoss. Sophia Amoruso creates a stimulating sense of badass-ness and encouragement to follow your dreams… no matter the circumstances.
I came across a review in The Guardian written by Helen Lewis which made me sit up and wonder whether #GirlBoss is just a shallow book about some women’s lucky breaks in life:
“this book is as shallow as a teaspoon: God help today’s school-leavers if they need advice like “treat your LinkedIn profile like an online resume” and “spellcheck exists for a reason”. Oh, and this: “Don’t have sex with everyone in the world you work in. It’s a small world.”
To a certain extent I agree with Helen Lewis, yes it’s shallow and yes not every school drop out is going to become a millionaire but I’d like to quote a phrase from #GirlBoss itself to contradict Lewis’ above statement:
“You are about 1 in 400 trillion. (Yes, that’s 400 followed by 12 zeros.) This takes into account the chance of your parents meeting out of all the people on the planet, the chance of them reproducing, the chance of you being born at the exact moment that you were, and every other wildly improbably factor that goes into each individual person. The whole point of this crazy calculation is that we should take the sheer improbability of our own existence as a kick in the butt to get out of bed in the morning. If you hear this fact as discouraging – that you’re only one in billions – then flip the script. You are one in billions! Someone has to succeed, so it might as well be you.”
From a personal point of view I loved #GirlBoss, it was one of those books that I happened to read at exactly the right time in my life. Call it what you want, but for me, it kicked me in the butt and got me moving.
So my reading list for the month of February is rather dismal I’ll admit but in my defence I have been on back to back shoots for the past couple of weeks and I’ve signed up for my final year of my BBA studies so the assignments have started rolling in too.
I started off this past month reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and got about half way before I had to put it down. The book is incredibly draining and difficult to read. Has anyone else read it, if so what are your thoughts?
What I read this month:
THE STORY OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL BY RACHEL SIMONS:
After reading 150 pages of On the Road I felt like I needed an easy read and that’s exactly what The Story of a Beautiful Girl was. I wasn’t mad about this novel it was an okayish read. However I did find it rather interesting from the point of view of how disabled people were treated back in the sixties. If you looking for an easy read about a family of 3 that spend 40 years of their life trying to find one another this one’s for you. If you looking for a classic read I suggest something along the lines of The Catcher in the Rye.
PAPER TOWNS BY JOHN GREEN:
Yes I’m a 23 year old women who’s obsessed with John Green, I’ve read all 6 of his novels. There’s something interesting in the way he writes about morbid topics such as death or terminal illness yet keeps a light, dry sense of humour throughout the novel. If you ever find me reading a novel in public laughing out loud you’ll know I’m reading a John Green novel. Paper Towns is about a girl who goes missing and a boy who’s been in love with her for years and his quest to find her from the string of clues she leaves behind. I know it sounds cheesy but it’s a poignant and hilarious read. The film is going to be released on the 5th June 2015 and stars Cara Delevingne as the main character, Margo Roth Spiegelman.
As a kid growing up I was always an avid reader, by avid I mean I would read up to forty books a year. However, when I left school and bought my first laptop and discovered what wi-fi was my days of reading where over.
So when the new year came around it was time to make those damn new year resolutions I decided “Must read more” should top the list. There’s no way I have the time to read forty books a year anymore so I thought a mild, realistic amount of twelve books a year would be attainable.
January has now come and gone and I’m pride to say I’m three books in. Each book was an absolute delight to read and had been calling my name for ages.
This is what I read this month:
THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED THROUGH THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED BY JONAS JONASSON
The first book I decided to read this year was The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. The story of a reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over. A rather easy read for all ages and one cannot help but to laugh out loud at times.
The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. I read Hossenini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, about 8 years ago when it was first published and The Kite Runner has been on my must read list since then. A beautiful novel of betrayal and redemption that’s gripping and emotional. The story introduces one to the Afghan life of a war-torn Afghanistan. Fast paced with a surprise around every corner. A definite must read.
So apparently I’m going to kill someone now. For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about The Catcher in the Rye has a rather notorious reputation since several shootings have been associated with Salinger’s novel including the murder of John Lennon.
The novel didn’t really follow a major, riveting plot line yet somehow still kept me engrossed but I guess that’s because there was something rather perplexing about J.D. Salinger’s story about a troubled teenager and his own strange and wonderful thoughts while he roamed about New York City for a few days.
It saddens me to think that this book is still banned in so many American Schools.
Another favourite blue shade this season alongside placid blue is dazzling blue, or better known as royal blue. Seen on the runways this season of Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Pucci, Chloe and Vivienne Westwood. Why not grab some inspo from the runway this season and embrace this colour into you own wardrobe.
The fuzzy knit, a knit that is cozy and ever so stylish. Available is a wide range of colours and prints. Pair your fuzzy knit with sleek black trousers for an elegant look or with a skater skirt and stockings for a playful look like I’ve done so below.
p.s the books featured as some of my favourite novels 🙂
Photos by Justin Polkey