This year I will be reading a book of my choice each month. In an effort to work through my “Want to Read” list, I figured I would share with you guys what I read for the previous month and what I liked about each book. Here goes our first book of 2016…
January Book: My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem
I started 2016 by reading Gloria Steinem’s My Life on The Road. I’ve admired her since college when I found out she went undercover as a Playboy Bunny in New York to write A Bunny’s Tale, an exposing piece about the Bunnies’ working conditions. When I found out she was releasing a book about her life on the road, I was ecstatic! My Life on The Road is filled with stories throughout her travels in organizing and activism.
Biographies have always held a special place in my heart and My Life on The Road proved to be an exceptional read. She started off her story with early childhood travels courtesy of her father who couldn’t stay in one place for too long. Similar to him, Gloria preferred life on the road and all it has to offer.
I had many favorite parts of this book but one chapter captured my interest. It was about talking circles. It’s amazing what you can learn when you get a group of people together to discuss any topic and her stories from talking circles around the world truly inspired. These talking circles in turn helped with her own efforts of activism.
I had chills reading about her experience in Huston at the first National Women’s Political Caucus convention in 1971. The time and effort she put into the convention paid off big time and inspired woman of all ages and races to participate in their government. Gloria was a trail blazer who helped give women their voice in politics. Even if she felt scared about something she still went with it and conquered her fears.
I found myself highlighting quotes throughout the book. As a writer, Gloria has a way with words that encourage. I folded over a few of my favorite parts of this book so I could reference it later. Gloria is an incredible role model especially to young women looking to do something bigger than themselves. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration and encouragement to go after something they love.
On the docket for February: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson: I am so excited to start this book by a fellow blogger or should I say “Blogess!” Look forward to this review the first week of March.
What are you reading this month? Share with us!