Long time no see, internet people! I took a hiatus from blogging during my last year of my MFA program for a few reasons. One, because I didn’t need anything extra on my plate and two, because I wasn’t making a lot of time for reading anything except my thesis and the books I hoped would help me with my thesis.
Launching straight into working a job (then two jobs, then finally one job while teaching 2 classes on the side) didn’t leave much time for pleasure reading either, even over the summer. But, hopefully, I’m getting into the flow of work-life balance and should be bringing you more content this year as I work towards actually achieving a Goodreads reading goal for the first time in years!
My first book of 2019 was Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup. I first found out about this book when Mindy Kaling posted a photo on Instagram. The book is a positively gorgeous object to behold–a lovely hardcover part memoir-part cookbook-part lifestyle guide in glossy full color. Though I’ve never been quite as Reese Witherspoon obsessed as some, the book called to me. But I had a suspicion I’d never get around to buying it for myself.
Cue Christmas–a friend gifted the book to me, and once I had it in my hands, I couldn’t wait to read it. I curled up on the couch during the holidays and proceeded to read it in the span of two days. Recently, I’ve been reading slowly, so this was truly an accomplishment.
Reese’s book wrapped me up in a warm cardigan and let me daydream about what my life could be. The recipes were decadent and delicious, evoking warm summer days in the South while I shivered in the Pittsburgh chill. I wanted to take Reese’s advice and host a gorgeous dinner party for a group of friends, and even though I can’t do that (I lack both the critical mass of friends living in the same city and enough space to host), the book still left me feeling happier than when I first encountered it.
I love having this book on my shelf and it helped me realize that one thing missing from my happiness was picturing my life like it could be something beautiful, even in the mundane reality of being a 20-something in her first full-time job, still living in the cheap apartment she leased as a grad student. In the coming year, I hope to revisit some of the recipes and tips in its glossy pages. If you’re looking for a delightful read and some gorgeous photos, I definitely recommend this book.