Talking As Fast As I Can
Author: Lauren Graham
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Favorite Quote: But life doesn’t often spell things out for you or give you what you want exactly when you want it, otherwise it wouldn’t be called life, it would be called vending machine.
Try If You Liked: Scrappy Little Nobody (Anna Kendrick) or Gilmore Girls/Parenthood.
I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. Like. Huge. I also loved Parenthood & Lauren Graham’s novel Someday, Someday Maybe… So, it perhaps goes without saying that I was looking forward to reading Graham’s memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls. I don’t buy many books these days, but I am a frequent flier at our public library and use the Overdrive for digital books all the time. I was on the waiting list for the new Lauren Graham book for a little while, but it was finally my turn for the audiobook READ BY THE AUTHOR!
(Note, I love author-read audiobooks, because you can hear the tone/inflection they intended when writing; it’s like talking on the phone with someone rather than a text message).
WHAT I LIKED
Many parts of this book totally lived up to my expectations- the sections of the book where Lauren talks about her time on Parenthood & Gilmore Girls (particularly Gilmore Girls) were especially enjoyable. Although, I imagine this is only enjoyable if you are a fan of those things. My favorite part was when she rewatched the entire 9 season run of GG in one weekend, and then provided a season-by-season analysis. These sections alone make the book a worthwhile read.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
As much as I loved the GG/Parenthood talk, I didn’t find myself enjoying the other parts of the book. I think it was because I had just listened to Anna Kendrick’s memoir “Scrappy Little Nobody,” that I just wasn’t into it? Both books have a similar vein through them: “even though I am a (relatively) well-known actress, see how relatable I am!” I think in both cases, it felt like the author was trying too hard to get the readers to like her.
A GREAT TAKEAWAY
There was a surprising takeaway from the book though; Lauren shared a writing technique she had learned from another writer (I can’t remember who this is, and I have since returned the book… if someone has access, please let me know!). The strategy is to “make an appointment” with yourself to write each day. It doesn’t have to be a long span of time, in fact, it is better to have a 20-minute block every day rather than a 2-hour block occasionally. The only thing you have to do? Keep your appointment. Open up whatever writing project you are working on & a journal. And sit there. If you want? Write in your journal. If you are inspired? Write for your project. If you just want to sit there and daydream without writing at all? Completely acceptable. It doesn’t matter if words don’t make it to the page/screen or if what does is just a bunch of rambling. Just keep your appointment.
I’ve been doing that for a couple of weeks, and it’s helped me get back into the habit of writing. So? WIN!?
Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone who loves GG or Parenthood; otherwise, I would say stick to her novel Someday, Someday Maybe.
What have you been reading lately? I’m always looking to add to my “to-read” list!
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