Getting out of a reading rut - I Feel Bad About My Neck (REVIEW)


During the semester, I generally expect my reading to wane. With all the reading I need to do for my courses, I tend to opt for other activities during my down time (knitting, TV binging, etc.). So it's no surprise that my reading slowed during this past semester. The only problem is that my reading more than slowed. It came to a screeching halt. I was on a roll and actually completed my very conservative reading goal for the year, and then BAM! Nada, zip, zilch.

So as soon as I wrapped up for the semester, I wanted to dive into a book to try and get back into the swing of things. I find that sometimes, when I stop reading it can become a challenge to pick it back up again. I am a huge book nerd. I love to read. But when I get into a rut, it can be difficult to get out of it. But I did it, I picked up a book and I got going again and I instantly felt better. I was reminded why I love reading as much as I do and it felt like the perfect reward to finishing another semester.

If you're struggling to pick up a book again like I was, I suggest starting with a small, light read. I got out of my rut by picking up Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck. It's a easy read of about 140 pages and it's also funny which kept me engaged. It was a book I was able to read in one day which also helped to get me back into the swing of things. If you're feeling stuck, I strongly urge you to go for a short and sweet book. I find YA novels or humorous books are the best when you feel like you've lost your reading mojo. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Source: Huffington Post

Now, on to the book. I am a HUGE, and I mean HUGE fan of Nora Ephron and her work. You've Got Mail is my favorite movie without question, and I will never tire of watching it. This is the first time I have ever read any of her books, and I will certainly be reading more in the future! This book wasn't merely a book to get me back into the groove, it was genuinely enjoyable.

"I'd moved to New York, two historic events had occurred: 
the birth control pill had been invented, and the first Julia Child cookbook was published. 
As a result, everyone was having sex, and when the sex was over, you cooked something."

I Feel Bad About My Neck is a collection of stories all centered around being a woman. Nora Ephron shares her thoughts and advice on the subject, that she has amassed over the years. Beyond her sage insight, there are personal stories as well which if you are a fan of hers to any degree, will make the book beyond satisfying.

Reading I Feel Bad About My Neck left me wanting to know more about this magical woman who held the key to the perfect romantic comedy. Her dry sarcastic sense of humor had me cracking up many times throughout the book, which I'm sure made me appear 100% sane.

I also enjoyed how despite her fame, she had a similar mind as any of us. She touches on relationship problems, aging (and the influence society has on how we do so), and of course, financial challenges, in her case spouting from living in one of the most expensive cities in the world; New York. She rationalizes the astronomical amount of money she spent on moving into a particular apartment in much the same way I might rationalize a big (but in my case, a FAR cheaper/less exciting purchase!) expenditure.

"I should point out that I don't normally use the word "amortize" unless I'm trying to prove something I can't really afford is not just a bargain but practically free. This usually involves dividing the cost of an item I can't afford by the number of years I'm planning to use it, and if that doesn't work, by the number of days or hours or minutes, until I get to a number that is less than the cost of a cup of cappuccino."

 🙌 🙌 🙌 Yep, I totally do this all the time. I enjoyed that while reading I Feel Bad About My Neck, she became just like anyone else I know. Trust me, if you enjoy her movies even the slightest, you should give this book a try. If you're currently in a reading rut, you should give this book a try. If you're a woman. Hell, if you're a human, you should give this book a try. Looking for a summer book? This one should fit the bill! ;) 

The only trouble now will be trying to decide which Nora Ephron book comes next! 

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