Feel Good Friday | My Girl Crush on Tina Fey

Liz Lemon

This lady… man, do I like her.

Have you read Tina Fey’s bestselling book Bossypants - or better yet, listened to Tina narrate Bossypants in audiobook form? I’ll be honest, my opinion is nowhere near ‘unbiased’ – I’ve been obsessed with 30 Rock and all-things-Tina for, oh, ever. But you guys … this book is a game-changer.

Around this time last year, I was in a big time reading funk. On top of not being much of a bookworm to begin with, the last book I’d read (The Time Traveler’s Wife … don’t judge me) had been so indulgent and mesmerizing that nothing since had managed to hold my attention. My dad brilliantly suggested that I switch gears entirely, away from fiction and instead toward something light and entertaining.

Bossypants

I opted to go the audio book route with Bossypants, and I’d highly recommend you do the same – Tina’s expert delivery really does take the already-genius writing to a whole new level. This book quickly became the thing that kept me sane on the roads during those long weekend afternoons of getting my Christmas shopping done last year. Sure, I may have wasted hours sitting in parking lots, waiting for the end of a chapter and trying to hide the fact that I was creepy-silently-shaky-laughing alone in my car like a crazy person… but that’s not the point.

Did I learn some valuable lessons, including Tina’s Twelve Tenants for Looking Amazing Forever and how not to blow an interview with Lorne Michaels? Absolutely. But even better than that? Every time I re-listen to even a snippet of that book, Tina makes me proud to be a woman.

She knows who she is – a Greek, flat footed badass with razor sharp wit, limitless ambition, an arsenal of awkward teenage stories, and a big ol’ heart – and she’s not sorry about it. And because of that, Bossypants has sort of become my Bad Day Bible. Sure, it goes great with Sunday mornings, a worn in tee shirt, an over-sized blanket, and a giant cup of coffee… but above all, it’s hard to read a book like this without feeling as though her strength and confidence are contagious. Plus, the hysterical laughter that comes with it is a nice little bonus.

Do you have go-to books on your bad days? I’d love to hear about them.

Happy weekend!

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Comments

  1. I have a friend that writes a hilarious blog and she wrote a post about her secret valentine to Tina Fey, thought you might like to check it out since you also like Tina Fey! http://www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com/2012/02/for-my-secret-valentine.html

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, especially since I just started my blog on Oct 1st due to the Nester challenge. You really seem to have your thoughts together when you write each post. I look forward to seeing the direction your blog goes that is true to you.

    • That letter is spectacular! So glad I’m not alone in my admiration for Ms. Fey. Thanks so much for the lovely feedback, Ronda, and congratulations on starting your blog! You’re clearly miles ahead of me when it comes to this ‘writing every day’ thing. :) Here’s to keeping at it.

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