Literary Ladies Book Review: Year of Yes

Hey guys! 

Long time no see - or hear - or blog. I think I just need to accept that life is busy and while my blog isn't going anywhere (and neither am I), in this busy (and good) season it's just taken more of a back seat. I hope to have that change soon though, not the "good" part but the "back seat" part.

That said .... The book of month for Literary Ladies was a good one and I'm here to review it

Year of Yes book review
Shonda Rhimes

I think it's safe to say (and its really not secret a around this blog) that I love Shonda Rhimes. I've mentioned numerous times how much I love Scandal. She basically makes my Thursday nights. It is therefore a given that I think she is an exceptional writer and I put my hopes for this book waaaay up. She delivered. There were the cliche parts, the classic Shonda-writing, the this-line-could-have-come-from-Olivia-Pope's-mouth parts and the slow parts but ... she delivered.

If its possible, I think I did an injustice to this book by not sitting down and giving it a good, long, one-day, full immersion into words kinda read. It deserved that. I didnt give it that, but I promise on my next read (and I will read it again), I will.

There were parts of this book that got me emotional. As you all know I lost my sister in March 2014 (last month was the anniversary of her death - another reason I disappeared) and for a minute after she passed I was a shell of myself. Reading Shonda's book I was able to connect to her "down" moments and rejoice in her successes.

I may be inspired to ensure this year is my year of yes.

Listen guys, after having a chat with Kris and Kari yesterday, I thought really long and hard about this book and I came to the conclusion that if three women from different upbringings, raised in different cultures and countries can agree that this book moved them in some way ... then its a GREAT book! 

Go get you a copy!

I leave you with this quote:
"There is no list of rules. There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actially are instead of who you think you are supposed to be. Being traditional is not traditional anymore. It's funny that we still think of it that way. Normalize your lives, people. You dont want a baby? Don't have one. I dont want to get married? I wont. You want to live alone? Enjoy it. You want to love someone? Love someone. Dont apologize. Don't explain. Dont ever feel less than. When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean. And rewrite it, No fairy tales. Be your own narrator. And go for a happy ending. One foot in front of the other. You will make it."

On 3rd May we will review:
Emily Henry the love that split the world

Also, Literary Ladies is pleased to announce that our May book will be Exposure to a Billionaire by Ann Menke (so the book after The Love that Split the World).

From Goodreads: Exposure to a Billionaire is a fictional account based on author Ann Menke's twenty-five-year-plus career as a corporate flight attendant. She takes readers on an adventure spanning the globe and gives them an inside look into the world of flying the rich and famous. Get ready for the heroine, Anna St. James, to take off on a fast-paced journey into the exclusive club of private airplanes, yachts, exotic travel, and greed, while trying to stay true to herself. 
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  1. oh Kay I love your review. Seriously. you are so right. if all 3 of us got the same thing out of the book, it's a good book. I do think if people go into it expecting more about her career or whatever, they'd be disappointed, but i loved what it was, and that quote you shared. i hope you make this your year of yes, that is awesome!!

  2. So jazzed to read this! I told Kristen, but I didn't get it on my ipad from the library until last week! Ugh, so no time to read it yet. It's locked on now, and hopefully I can read it sometime soon! We travel next week, reading on planes is the best! :) So glad that you loved it so much! I am so excited to read it! :) XO - Alexandra

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  3. oooh now I need to read some SHonda-- I'll see if they have it in my library!

  4. Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!! I love, love the quote you posted. It is SO relatable (hello, 30s and starting over and all that ha!). I definitely want to check it out. Big hug and YES to this is your year of yes ;)

  5. Hey girl, hey!!! I love Shonda and Scandal!!! I want to walk around saying things like "it's handled" all day Olivia Pope style! I really like that you and Kristen said some of the same things about this book. It really wasn't on my radar until I read both of your reviews. I am super excited about the free book and am totally in on that!!!!

  6. Your review of this book + Kristen's review just made me add this book to my "to read" list. I love positive, empowering books like that!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  7. I love this review. There are certain books that when I've read them, I don't want to put them too far away on my shelf because I just know I want to go back in for a second read. I have a few books like that which i return to often. I haven't read Year of Yes yet but when I saw the title, I wondered if Shonda reads my blog because I had dubbed 2015 the year of yes too. Her book is on my TBR list.


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