Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tremain's Book Corner: "Year of Yes" by: Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
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Author: Shonda Rhimes
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4.5 Stars

Book Summary: With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived.  Hollywood party?  No.  Speaking engagement?  No.  Media appearances?  No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda's sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say Yes to the unexpected invitations that come your way.  Shonda reluctantly agreed - and the result was nothing short of transformative.  In this book, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life - and how we can all change our lives with one little word.  Yes.

Personal Review: Not going to lie.  The main reason I picked up this book was because it was by Rhimes and her shows give me life...yes.  Any show she puts out there will one that I want to watch and that's not something that happens often.  So with a title like this, I was going to have to say YES to picking up this book and reading.

I could be biased, due to being an uber-fan, but I loved this book for the very promise of being challenged to say "yes" to those things you would normally say no too, in order to challenge yourself to delve into the unknown.  As for myself, I tend to say yes to a lot of things, which is why I always have my hands in so many pots, so I could stand to turn this into a Year of No for myself, haha.  But that's another story.

What's not to love about this book?  First off, it was interesting to note just how introverted Rhimes was/is through this book.  For those of you who have seen her shows, her characters are usually powerful, strong, and confident, so you wouldn't have put the two together per se.  She goes on to describe how the characters she created were the ones that saved her and stated that the best part of writing is writing the hero you need to have.

This is a book that's not only about speaking your truth, but living in it as well, and regardless if if you know what your purpose is or not, anyone can find inspiration through this book.  The author exposes much of herself, while also using the same wit and humor we've grown to love, which even led me to reading it out loud as it seemed to flow better when put to a little rhythm.

Plus, the overall message is inspiring to all, whether you're a man or a woman.  I think more people in the world could benefit from adopting more changes in their lives to help them become a better person, to be a little less judgmental, to be a bit more accepting of others, and to (most importantly) be accepting of yourself.  And she's able to do all of this without coming across "preachy."  I found myself nodding and agreeing to much of what she said, and I'm certain you would too.

So if you're looking for a little inspiration, from a woman who is dominating must-see-TV, then say YES to this book and check it out from your Abilene Public Library.  You'll be glad you did.

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