What I Read This February (2021)

Hello friends!👋🏽 Welcome to my new book series called “The Marizé Reads“! *whoop whoop* Every last Thursday of the month I will be posting a book review and book recommendations slash new releases. 🙂

Book Review:

“Talking As Fast As I Can” by Lauren Graham

This week I will be covering beloved Lauren Graham‘sTalking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls“.

I’ve been meaning to read this book every since the Gilmore Girls revival was produced but Netflix back in 2016, but somehow I only managed to read it this month. (you can thank Covid-19 lockdown for that).

Firstly, here’s a little overview of the book from Goodreads.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” . She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Overall rating ★★★

This book was an easy read. I liked that the chapters flowed smoothly and of course, I loved the chapters about Gilmore Girls. It was very interesting getting an insight into Lauren’s life and the hardships of being an actor in the early 90s. To be honest, I had never researched much about her, even though Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite shows.🙈

The one criticism I do have, is that sometimes it felt like Lauren was writing for the sake of writing and filling the pages required. Some chapters and details felt unnecessary and a bit boring.

But overall, I do recommend this book, it’s a fun read! You will especially enjoy it if you loved Gilmore Girls, and you will get an insider’s view on what it was like filming the revival. 😍

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!✌🏼

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Monthly Book Recommendations

Last but not least, join me in reading the books from this month’s must read book list! 🙃📚

The Beekeper’s Promise” by Fiona Valpy

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer—and her life.

In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll’s Novel with Its Many Hidden Meanings Revealed” by David Day

In two continuous commentaries, woven around the complete text of the novel for ease of cross-reference on every page, David Day reveals the many layers of teaching, concealed by manipulation of language, that are carried so lightly in the beguiling form of a fairy tale. These layers relate directly to Carroll’s interest in philosophy, history, mathematics, classics, poetry, spiritualism and even to his love of music -both sacred and profane. His novel is a memory palace, given to Alice as the great gift of an education. It was delivered in coded form because in that age, it was a gift no girl would be permitted to receive in any other way.

More book posts:

What I Read This April

What I Read This March

The Misinterpretation Of Tara Jupp” by Eva Rice

Country girl Tara is whisked off to Sixties London to become a pop star; there she is dressed, she is shown off at Chelsea parties, photographed by the best. She meets songwriters, singers, designers, and records her song, and falls in love.

But behind the buzz and excitement of her success, concern about her beautiful, wild sister Lucy and the bitter relationship with their friend Matilda haunts Tara. Their past friendship is broken, and among the deceptions and the strangeness of both their marriages, the buried secrets keep on reappearing.

The brilliant new world of fashion and music, of mini skirts and rock ‘n’ roll, of the Marquee Club and The Palladium, is also one of love and heartache.

Tell me what books YOU are reading this month in the comments! Do you have any good book recommendations? ? ? 📖

Stay safe and happy readings! ! ! 👍🏽

Love, M. 💋

*Featured image by Goodreads