Read a Girl #47: “Managing Expectations”, Minnie Driver

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Hello old friend,

First things first: Happy New Year! I know it’s been a while since we last touched base, but 2022 was not an easy ride for me. I got my heart shattered and buried myself in work to distract myself from heartache. Needless to say, it did no good to my physical and mental health and, as a result, left me no time to focus on other projects such as this lovely newsletter and community I worked so hard to build. And for that, I am sorry.

With the new year, I am hoping to get myself back on track with the monthly newsletters. Here’s to hoping for the best (and trying not to expect the worst!)! With this in mind, the first book I’d like to recommend for 2023 is Minnie Driver’s “Managing Expectations”, a collection of essays on the pivotal moments in the actor’s life.

I particularly like the book’s title because I think it’s one of the keys to being happy. Maybe if we were able to manage our expectations of life, love, and people we wouldn’t set ourselves up for disappointment so often. 

With everything going on in my personal life, I did not read many books in 2022, but Minnie’s was one of the few I managed to finish not only because it was so well written, but also because it was so relatable. Like real life, it was also sad, yet funny. Here’s to finding light and humour even in the darkest places.

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My name is Renata and I am the Founder and Editor of Read a Girl, a platform aimed at promoting the work of women writers. My background is in journalism and I spent most of my career covering foreign affairs and travelling around looking for good stories to tell. I love reading and my favourite authors are Elena Ferrante, J.D. Salinger, Julian Barnes and Sylvia Plath.
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