Welcome back as we celebrate all things bookish by recognizing the 12 days of Bookmas, that most wonderful time of the year. As a reminder, this year I’m going to profile a small selection of favourite things on a theme, based on what I’ve read and enjoyed in 2015. If you have suggestions or recommendations for topics, please leave them in the comments!
Today’s theme is Books To Give To Your BFF
There’s nothing like finding a Jennifer Weiner book all wrapped up from your BFF. For this year, I’d recommend Who Do You Love, a tale of two people who meet under unusual circumstances as children, and who keep circling back to each other throughout their lives. Rachel and Andy are destined to find each other again and again, but they have a lot of growing up to do in between, especially when it comes to figuring out who they are really meant to be. I loved the dual perspective and the angst , and it’s a perfect read to tug on the heartstrings.
Who Do You Love is published by Atria Books, and distributed by Simon & Schuster Canada. ISBN: 9781451617818, 400 pages.
We all have friends who have been through a rough year, and who need a little emotional propping up during the holiday season. My pick would be Cheryl Strayed’s collection of quotes, Brave Enough. This isn’t a novel, but rather a selection of quotes, paragraphs and interesting thoughts that Strayed has put together as “a mini-instruction book for the soul”. Some are reprints of writings from her previously published books, but others are aphorisms that have stuck with her for some reason. If you can’t be there for your BFF, then make sure this book in in his/her pocket instead.
Brave Enough is published by Knopf Canada, a division of Penguin Random House of Canada. ISBN: 9780345810878, 160 pages.
Everyone I know loves something that Shonda Rimes has created – she’s the source of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Off the Map, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and numerous movies. Rimes is considered a force of nature and a leader in the industry, and I’ve always admired the way she speaks her mind and doesn’t let Hollywood try to dictate to her what she should and and should not be putting on screen. The Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person is like having a personal conversation with Rimes herself. After so many years of saying “no” to things – speaking engagements, events, publicity activities – she was challenged to say “yes” instead, and the results transformed her life. Witty, brutally honest and often inspirational, the book is a cross between a memoir and a personal mantra that encourages readers to follow the path that works for them. Often that path may not meet the expectations of others, but Rimes assures the reader that that’s okay – you have do what is right for you at that time.
Year of Yes is published by Simon & Schuster Canada. ISBN: 9781476777092, 311 pages.
Aziz Ansari has shot to fame for his amazing comedic work on Parks & Rec, his insightful and very funny stand-up and most recently for “Master of None” on Netflix, an almost theatrical series of episodes that exposes some very realistic, very funny and often honest light on life, romance, friendships and relationships in general. His book, Modern Romance, Ansari surprised me in that it was a fascinating and well-researched look at how people get together and stay together over time and in different places. If your BFF is still looking for love, or is wondering how to make the love he/she has last, then this is a must read. I’d also recommend this book on audio, as Ansari reads it himself, and it cuts through some of the charts and statistics.
Modern Romance is published by Penguin Press, a division of Penguin Random House of Canada. ISBN: 9781594206276, 277 pages.
Finally, for that funny friend who makes every excursion into an adventure, there is no better gift than Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me This is book two by Kaling, but it reads as if she’s been writing forever (and when you consider her writing credits for TV, she has). While the first part of the book will entertain with some great anecdotes about Hollywood life, there are some fantastic essays in here about how Kaling has found her self-confidence and how she has developed into someone who can be more assertive about what she wants out of her professional and personal lives. Her insights on Hollywood beauty standards are funny as hell, but also incredibly observant and honest. This is the book to give that strong, funny friend as a reminder to never compromise.
Why Not Me? is published by Crown Archetype, a division of Penguin Random House. ISBN: 9780804138147, 240 pages.
What suggestions would you give as recommendations for your BFF?