I’ve been a part of the NovelTea Book Club for a bit over a year now and while I’m not always the best book club member I love this little community that I’m a part of and I’ve met such amazing people through it! This month we switched it up a little bit and did a free reading month!
My choice: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
My goal for the year, aside from my number goal of reading 50 books, is reading more Non-Fiction so this was the perfect excuse to kick off that goal! I picked the book up when I saw Amanda live in summer of 2015 and it’s been on my shelf since then. I knew I would love it, I knew that it was more of an autobiography than it was a self-help/how to kind of book, and yet it still just sat on the shelf like so many other great books in my life.
Let me start this mini-review by saying: Oh. My. God. I loved this book. I cried four times in the first forty pages and I lost count after that. I mean, I love Amanda and she is most definitely my #problematicfave so it may seem obvious that I am so deeply in love with this book but I really think she created a narrative that is applicable to every audience. No matter if you’re a lifelong fan like I am or if you only heard of her because I’m telling you to read this book right now, I think you’ll get it, you’ll get her, and you’ll get her message. You’ll also probably cry a lot.
Amanda is a super public human being, which she addresses at length in this book, so I think the thing that surprised me the most is that while this may seem like a book about how to ask people for support in public, it’s mostly a book about how to ask for help and how to communicate need in the most intimate relationships in your life. If anything this is a book about communication and growth. It’s not a book about how you should ask people for money or couches to sleep on even though she does talk about how to do that when you’re an artist, it’s a book about asking your partner to care for you when you’re sick. It’s a book about asking yourself to be open to your faults. It’s a book about asking everyone for forgiveness and space and time to grow. It’s a book about asking yourself to be kind to yourself. And I loved it.
If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and read it now. It’s worth it. I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook too which I hear is absolutely amazing.