I love my bookclub. Partly because I seem to have been designated club leader, which suits my extroverted personality, partly because we tend to read amazing non fiction works by amazing women.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is a little different from all of the other positivity manuals currently flooding the markets. Most obviously because Shonda isn’t a skinny white woman in her early 30s.
While this book could fall under a similar category as the books by Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey, it does sit on its own. I really enjoyed getting inside the head of such an amazing writer, one who is introverted but doesn’t oversell the Bridget Jones factor. (I love Bridget Jones, both film and book. But I have started to realise I label myself too much as a real life Jones, and it upsets me.)
Shonda is without a doubt a brilliant storyteller. Could the book have down with some better real life examples of saying “yes” other than to things only a few of us will experience? Yes. Does she sometimes only skim over the real grit of the issues, instead focusing on the glitter and “laying track”? Yes. But I really enjoyed reading this book.
I think the one part that really resonated with me was when she discovered she had being saying yes to being overweight. It was so much easier to say yes to curling up on the couch with cookies than to say yes to watching what she ate. So she made herself a promise – either she started to say no to fat or she had to then stop whining about feeling bad, about getting breathless walking, about not fitting into clothes. Of course she highlights it’s not as easy as saying yes or no, but it does speak volumes about the importance of mind-set.
One unseen side effect of this book is that I am now desperate to watch Grey’s Anatomy. I downloaded season 1 on iTunes last night and gosh how I have missed this show.