While I was still working at the library, one of my favorite things about the job was seeing new books pass through our hands and on to the next reader. I found many wonderful books this way and miss that experience the library gave me. One wonderful book that had many of our regulars requesting was "How to Be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran. The cover had a quote that read "The British version of Tina Fey's Bossypants." and that was enough for me.
Besides being hilarious, she also made me feel like being a woman was a wonderful thing. More importantly that being a funny woman is a wonderful thing. A funny, smart, and poignant book was just what I needed to reclaim my role as a feminist.
This novel is auto-biographical and starts with her childhood where she grew up in a 3 bedroom house with 7 other siblings. While sharing her awkward childhood and adolescence, she also shares how she became moved by books and music. She started writing at 13 and won a couple of awards throughout her teenage years. She wrote a novel by 16 and hosted a TV show at 17 for two seasons. All the while she kept writing and discovering herself and her voice. She got married and had two children before she wrote this novel, which has been wildly successful. She has inspired me to be strong, confident, and do everything I can to make my dreams come true. Err, at least take a step in the right direction.
I love discovering new and inspiring women doing amazing things. She is truly an inspiration AND she is hilarious. My two favorite things. If that isn't enough to inspire me to chase after my dreams I don't know what is.
I'll just leave you with this;
Happy Tuesday to you!