Recently Read // Funny Girl.

Recently Read // Funny Girl.

Finding the time to read for pleasure is a perennial New Year resolution of mine. This month, I finally crossed one more book off my ever-growing “to-read” list with Nick Hornby’s “Funny Girl.” Set in 1964, the book tells the story of Barbara Parker, a young woman from Blackpool, England who wants to see herself in a role women of her time scarcely played — comedic television. She moves to London with hardly an inkling of a plan for what comes next. After landing a job at a cosmetics counter, she meets a series of men — all teetering on the peripheries of show business — who somehow turn her into a national star.

This is not a book about love, nor about the hardships of being a woman in a world made for men (though these themes do, of course, play a role in Barbara’s adaptation to her new life). The book instead explores self-discovery, the pursuit of passion, and the lifelong aftermath of making your dreams come true.

It’s a light-hearted, chuckle-out-loud book that leaves readers inspired to try everything once and ignore the critics who say they shouldn’t.

What have you read recently? 

  • Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg

    I read it so long ago! It is such a great book!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  • I will have to check this one out. I just finished Lunch in Paris. It was ok. I am now reading Remember Me This Way and it’s really good so far!

  • A Book Lover’s Adventures

    Always fabulous to get a book recommendation! I’ve not heard of this one, so I’ll check it out. I just finished a book called Juniper by Tom & Kelley French. Incredible memoir of a couple whose baby was born at 23 weeks and this is their story of their baby’s struggle for survival.

  • Caroline Writes

    I read this book last year. It speaks volume today! I’m currently reading “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. If you haven’t read the Kite Runner, it’s a must-read :)

  • This sounds like a good read! One of my goals for 2017 was to read more books for pleasure too!