I read… wait for it… one book in December.
Instead of reading, I painted many, many handmade ornaments for TB Outdoor Supply Co., made many, many trips to the post office, and wrapped many, many presents. Additionally, I dealt with my son’s COVID-19 scare, binged Christmas movies (and Christmas cookies) with Dave, and generally had the month fly by. I am really looking forward to having time to read again, and am going to make it a priority for 2021!
Here’s the one and only book I read this month:
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb – I read this as a therapy graduate considering whether they should go back to therapy (but then I realize, it’s 2020, and we should all be in therapy). Honestly, this is a book that I might recommend to someone considering if they should see a therapist; it humanizes therapists and normalizes talk therapy. It actually took me a minute to realize that the book isn’t fiction… maybe I’m just not the most observant person in the world, but I didn’t immediately realize that “Lori” the “character” was “Lori Gottlieb, the author” The dilemmas presented in the book are universal, too — loss, grief, addiction, betrayal, depression, change — and the stories are very, very human… because they’re not stories at all, but real cases of Gottlieb’s, with her patient’s identities obscured. If I were to criticize this book, it’s that it doesn’t really… have a point. There’s not a clear “plot” and it reads more like a very, very polished diary (which, in a way, it is). Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a good book, but it’s not entertainment — it might have been more successful if Gottlieb took more creative license and framed it as informed fiction.
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