#75 – Pick a famous woman that is admirable and read her biography (Yes, Please)

When I made up this goal almost 3 years ago, I did not think I would choose the biography (really, autobiography… memoir… whatever) of Amy Poehler.

Funny? Yes. Entertaining? Definitely. Admirable? I wasn’t so sure.

But after reading Yes, Please, I feel like I couldn’t have chosen a better lady to spend time getting to know through her own stories and hilarious anecdotes. Was some of it raunchy? Yes. Did I cringe at the awkwardness of some of her real-life encounters? Of course. But I also came to see that Amy is just a gal. A gal who loves comedy and making people smile and has a really good perspective on not taking herself too seriously.

My favorite quote for the book said this:

Yes Please

Amy mentioned that it should be every girl’s mantra, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s so easy to look at all the great things other gals are doing and become envious of what they have or get judgmental because it’s not a part of your plan… But it shouldn’t matter! I want to live with an attitude that is genuinely excited for the women around me and the exciting things happening in their lives while still staying true to my dreams and desires.

Good for her, not for me. So simple. So meaningful.

I had a lot of fun reading Yes, Please. (Woohoo! It was my first book off of my 2015 Book List!) Plenty of funny things to keep me entertained. What woman’s memoir/ autobiography/ biography would you like to read?

My 2015 Book List

A new year is quickly approaching, and there’s so much I want to learn!! Check out these 20 books that I’m hoping to gain a little something from in the upcoming year!

The Encouraging Ones:

  • Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott
  • Longing for More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life by Timothy Willard
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

The Mysterious Ones:

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

The Giggly Ones:

  • Yes, Please by Amy Pohler
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
  • The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
  • Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele

The Action-Packed Ones:

  • The Heist by Daniel Silva
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Creative Ones:

  • The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking by Kate Payne
  • The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
  • Just My Type by Simon Garfield
  • Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
  • The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the US & Canada (edited by Barbara Ireland)

What do you think?? Any more titles that I should add to my list? See any on my list that you’d like to add to yours? I’m super excited to get my hands on the first one and begin this journey. If I want to read them all this year, I’m going to need to get started right away! Happy reading!