Autobiography, Book Reviews, Inspirational, Memoir, Self Help

Book Review: Year of Yes

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 10th 2015
Genres: Memoir, Self Help
Format: Paperback
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On Thanksgiving Morning, Shonda Rhime’s watches big sister Delorse cook and relates all the glittering events she’s been invited to. When Delorse asks will she accept any of these invitations, Shonda says no, citing her busy life. Her sister’s response—you never say yes to anything—sets Shonda Rhimes on a year-long commitment to saying YES to everything that scares or challenges her, to finding the real Shonda hiding inside, and to changing her life.

As with a hella books I have, YES had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Waiting like a 19th-century spinster for a proposal. I’m a firm believer that we read books when we are meant to. I was super excited when I got this book, and actually started it, but 20 or so pages in, it hadn’t truly grabbed me.

Maybe I wasn’t ready, or I was tired. Maybe too much red wine. Or perhaps, a premonition it would challenge me.

WTFever. I put it down and didn’t pick it back up until a few days ago. This time, I was meant to read it. I mean can’t-go-to-sleep-meant-to-read-it. Where I went, it went…kind of like childhood readaholic Shonda Rhimes sticking books in the back of her pants as a kid. I devoured this book. So many aspects of it I like.

Perhaps, I should have known I’d like her voice because I’m in love with her shows. She’s funny, animated, passionate, quirky, honest, and down-to-earth. Reading this felt like a fireside chat with my best friend and a bottle of wine. Red, of course. A friend who finally admits even though she has it all, she’s rather miserable. Shonda Rhimes tackles every aspect of her life: work, motherhood, love, health, inner and outer demons. It was so chatty (but with an important purpose), I felt like I knew her.

She also gives a sort of blueprint of working through her issues. Not just saying yes, but digging deep to the root of each problem. Then, setting an appropriate course of action. This part was especially helpful for anyone thinking of a Year of Yes for themselves.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Fun to read and full of inspiration.

Coming Post: Liza’s Year of Yes

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