So…I only read one book this month. Now, that may seem terrible, especially when you consider the fact that I read ten books in September and received twenty-three books in the mail this past month, but there’s a very good reason for it.
Okay, granted, I may have spend too much time watching Netflix. After all, I only splurge on a one-month subscription a few times a year, so there’s always a lot of catching up to do when I have it. BUT, most of time I normally would have spent reading I actually spent working on a new project that I am not yet ready to announce.
Did you enjoy all that build up to nothing?
Fortunately, the one book I finished this month was amazing, though I also DNFed a book for the first time in five years.
So, without further ado, here’s what I read in October. And, as always, I use the Goodreads rating system.
Five stars – It was amazing.
Four stars – I loved it.
Three stars – I liked it.
Two stars – It was okay.
One star – I didn’t like it.
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Believe Me is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid’s memoir of her journey with chronic Lyme disease. In it, she chronicles the many twists, turns, and dead-ends that she encountered while searching for a cure.
I’ve never actually watched Real Housewives. I’m familiar with Yolanda because of her advocacy work on behalf of Lyme disease patients. But I admit that when I first heard of Yolanda I was skeptical–not that she actually had the disease (Lord knows enough Lyme patients are dismissed and maligned because they “don’t look sick”). I was skeptical that a reality television star could be a good spokesperson for the Lyme community. To be honest, I’ve always side-eyed the whole reality TV phenomenon and the people who participate in it.
My concerns turned out to be unfounded. I remember the first time I heard Yolanda spread awareness on some afternoon talk show. (I think it may have been Doctor Oz, but I can’t be sure.) I was impressed by her calm but firm statement of the facts. It takes guts to be so open about living with a disease like Lyme, which has been unfairly politicized.
After reading Believe Me, I have even more respect for Yolanda. In the book, she provides the nitty gritty details of the many treatments she endured in her search for wellness. Chronic Lyme patients often have to go outside the box of conventional Western medicine to find healing and I appreciate her openness in describing these treatments–which ones worked and which ones were a total waste of time and money.
While Yolanda’s book can raise awareness among people who don’t know much about Lyme, it’s a book best suited to people already living with the disease (or their friends and family). It’s a book that says, “Hey, I get you. You’re not alone.”
Pamela Weintraub’s Cure Unknown is still the first book I would recommend to people who don’t have any personal experience with chronic Lyme disease but I will definitely be recommending Yolanda’s book to my fellow Lymies.
I also read more than half of The Power by Naomi Alderman last month, but I DNFed it because I had such a difficult time connecting with the characters. After slogging through it for a couple weeks, I finally gave up.
Tell me about the books you read last month in the comments below!