Book Reviews / by Deborah Clague

Year of Yes
Written by Shonda Rhimes

After reading this book, I feel that Shonda Rhimes and I could be best friends. We are similar in a number of ways: type A, obsessive, workaholic, control freaks who value independence and recognition for our achievements. We also share similar outlook in regards to topics like patriarchy and marriage ("[It] is a financial partnership. Marriage has nothing to do with love. Love is a choice we make every day."). And, over the course of a year, after having an epiphany, both of us decided to refocus and walk a different path. For Shonda, the revelation came after someone commented on how she never said yes to anything, choosing instead to burrow herself in her career while her personal affairs collected dust. This book details how the simple act of opening one's self up to possibility has an echo effect on the universe that can reverberate for a lifetime. 

'Year of Yes' is a well-written, highly engaging piece that I recommend. 

Favourite line: "I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart. I am talented. I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don't call me lucky. Call me a badass."


Here
Written and illustrated by Richard McGuire

'Here' is a graphic novel with a truly original, genius concept: its pages tell the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. It's truly fascinating and afterwards I couldn't help but wonder about the narrative of life that has occurred in my own periphery.