Books were a very early indulgence of mine. From the young age of 5, I have been voraciously devouring fictional chapter books, many that were on topics way too advanced for me. I was a regular patron at my local “bookmobile” when it was parked in my neighbourhood every Thursday, and I would bring home a shopping bag full of new books to read until the following week when I could trade them in for a new bag full.
I was the type of kid that my parents had to coax to put down the books and go outside to play and get fresh air. After much nagging, I would finally just take my books with me outside… fresh air and reading together, so they couldn’t complain!

Today, as an adult with responsibilities such as a full-time job, a household and a child, my precious reading has had to take a backseat to many other duties.  Even if I try to do a little reading as I crawl into bed each night before turning off my lamp, I still find myself too exhausted and quickly start nodding off just a few pages in.  Lately the only time I’ve managed to find enough free-time to read any novels has only been when I’m actually on vacation.  There’s lots of time for reading while waiting at an airport or while on a 7 hour flight!

However, this has meant that I’m very behind on reading many books that I’ve seen out there, and my “to read” list is getting way too long.  My goal is to find more time to read by turning off the reality TV shows that are taking away my precious reading time and killing my brain cells.  (Well maybe not all reality TV… I mean, I have to know how all of the Real Housewives end up right?)

Hence, my book for this month:  “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer, award-winning comedian, writer and actress.  I’ve always been a fan of her humour, however crass and blunt it can be.  But behind all the “naughty” comments, I find her stories and skits on her show Inside Amy Schumer have a real and honest message, whether it’s about gender inequality or sexual assault.

This book is really well written, easy to read and enjoy, and I personally love when an author I recognize writes the way they speak.  I can really see Amy telling these stories the way she has written them.

The book is comprised of a series of essays on various topics and experiences that have come up in Amy’s life, and her take on them, whether comedic or serious.  Many of these can make her seem very relatable and at times I was agreeing aloud with many of her hilarious notations.

Although I have a few chapters left to go, I can already confidently recommend this book to any of Amy Schumer’s fans or anyone who likes a good chuckle, especially when reading someone else’s straight-up no-bullsh*# views on life.