In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham


2 out of 5

official blurb
In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. “Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you.” In her hilarious, relatable voice, Graham reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes us or what we’ve yet to achieve. Grounded and inspiring—and illustrated throughout with drawings by Graham herself—here is a comforting road map to a happy life.

my blurb!
A quick and random read that encourages you to not take things too seriously.
I should clearly state my bias here- I love Lauren Graham.  I am a Gilmore Girls junkie, have read her fiction and non fiction works, and would gladly stalk her if she were to ever come to Kansas City on a book tour.

what i liked
The book is 45 pages long and can be read quickly one evening.

what i didn't like
That being said- this book was a miss for me.  Her voice was there, but it was… well it was a pointless book.  I found myself  wondering if she had a book contract that demanded a publication.  Really, why does this book exist?

I have an inkling that the audiobook would be better because who doesn’t love to listen to Lauren Graham?  But I also have a strong hunch that you may listen and say to yourself… wow that was the book, huh?

when to read
Before or right after attending a graduation

while reading you should
Watch: Gilmore Girls
Listen to: Carole King
Drink: Coffee

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Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit by Meredith Sinclair

5 out of 5

official blurb
For children, playing comes naturally…or at least it used to. But today that kind of easy-going fun is harder to come by, for both kids and their parents. With hectic lifestyles and constant technology overload, families have simply forgotten how to play. The solution? Relearn how to integrate fun and creative play into our day-to-day lives.

my blurb!
A how- to guide that reminds me to enjoy life. Stop what you’re doing now and read this. Take breaks to enjoy your life and then pick this book up again for more reminders!

This is Required Reading for moms!

I don’t know where I heard about this book. Perhaps the Today show, but I swear it was the Hallmark Channel because that’s almost always the channel that’s on at my house. Anyways,  I saw someone talking about it on tv somewhere and I put it on hold at my library and woah am I glad I did.


what i liked
First of all let me say, Meredith’s writing style  (yes, we’re on a first name basis – you’ll feel like you’re friends with her too when you finish reading this book)… I loved it.  It’s conversational and witty. If she didn’t watch Gilmore Girls she should have because I read her cadence in a Stars Hollow fashion.

I loved all the sections in the book. The biggest sections appealed to everyone but I feel like especially Moms who are required to play with their day and are like- “ya, this sucks and I have too much to do.” But if I’ve lost you because you’re kidless, this book isn’t just for moms. There are sections on bringing playfulness to your mate, your friends and to yourself. They were all great but let’s talk about some of wording of the little subsections: “sitting is the new smoking,” “puppets could pretty much rule the world if they wanted to,” and “the tablecloth of awesome.” Just witty.

Here’s a little snippet of advice found in the book:
If you’re in the throes of falling in love as we speak, make sure you’re exploring your potential mate’s playful side along with their front side and backside! How someone handles a water balloon to the face is a pretty good indicator of how they’ll parent a toddler. You’ll send me flowers later for this little insight.

The overall best part of the book were the practical measures. Okay so I’m not gonna get a lake house where I can whisk away my family for tech- free vacations (stop rubbing my face in it, Meredith!), I CAN do so many things I’ve never thought of. Don’t you HATE reading a book that’s supposed to help you but it leaves you saying “ya, I agree, that’s why I’m reading this. But how?!” You won’t be saying that after you read this book.

if you would like to buy
I was tempted to make this a coffee table book (oh hello again – The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living) but I’m so glad I didn’t! I’ll be buying this to reference later. If you would like to buy this book click here. (A friendly reminder that you don’t get charged any more for this book from clicking this link – but I also get a little kick back when you do!)

while reading you should
Put your phone away.
Listen to: Girls Just wanna have fun
Eat: Pizza
Watch: the bubbles from a bubble machine blowing in your general direction

Slavery by Another Name by Douglas J. Blackmon

5 out of 5

What if I told you slavery in the United States didn’t end until 1951? You’d probably tell me I’m lying and that slavery ended with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 (or 1865 if you were so unfortunate as to live in Texas, where it took two years for word of the Proclamation to reach Texas slaves).

But the history we learn in school–that slavery ended with the Civil War and racism is a minor issue and only in the South–is wrong. Douglas J. Blackmon takes readers through, not an alternative history, but a forgotten history. A hidden history. A history of which even its direct descendants are sometimes unaware.

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Books They Tell You to Read: Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies

Here, in no particular order, are the memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies They tell you to read:

  • The Glass Castle–Jeannette Walls
  • The Story of My Life–Hellen Keller
  • Negroland: A Memoir–Margo Jefferson
  • What Comes Next and How To Like It–Abigail Thomas
  • The Story of My Experiments with Truth–Mahatma Gandhi
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X–Malcolm X
  • Eat, Pray, Love–Elizabeth Gilbert

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Books They Tell You to Read: Non-Fiction

Here is the list, in no particular order, of non-fiction books they generally agree we should read:

  • Night–Elie Wiesel
  • Citizen: An American Lyric–Claudia Rankine
  • This Changes Everything–Naomi Klein
  • Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy–Gabriella Coleman
  • The Last Act of Love–Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • The Sisters Are Alright–Tamara Winfrey Harris
  • A Brief History of Time–Stephen Hawking

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