Recent Read-Year of Yes

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

My rating ✰4✰

Picture and quote from Goodreads

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

I finished this book in March. This was part of a color coded TBR project I was working on, but have since given up on. I still plan to read all of the books though.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes was a book I picked up for the Boho Berry Bookclub in September 2018. I made it 78 pages in and set it down until March 2019. I’m not sure why I set it down, but was glad to pick it back up when I did. It was a great inspiring book about the Year Shonda Rhimes stopped saying no and started saying yes to the things that scare her. Each chapter was a new lesson she learned through her journey or a new experience she said yes to. Most of her life doesn’t relate to my life, but I still gained a lot of advice and things to think about from this book. The two major takeaways for me from this book were 1) saying yes when my child asks me to play. It leaves us both less frustrated if I just take the time when she asks instead of pushing her off until later when I feel like the timing is better for me. 2) Not arguing with a compliment. Just say thanks, smile, and them be quiet. Her experience with accepting her first compliment in this way had me laughing out loud. It was good read with lots of humor and heart and good advice.

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