Monday, October 10, 2016

I'm Judging You

While each month we share what we've read in our Book Club posts, some books just deserve their own post. I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual by fellow blogger Luvvie Ajayi definitely falls into that category.

Some of you might know Luvvie Ajayi already as the voice behind the blog Awesomely Luvvie. Luvvie little antidotes about her life and dishes on all things pop culture with a humorous twist. 

Luvvie is actually a new find for us, but even after taking just a few peeks into her blog I knew we had stumbled upon something good. After I collected myself and wiped away my tears from laughing so hard, I instantly saw why Luvvie was honored as the 2016 Influencer of the Year at the Iris awards, and Oprah named her in the inaugural Supersoul 100 list. 

Listen, does it really get any bigger than Oprah? 

When Luvvie isn't gracing us with her hilarious words of wisdom, she helps run The Red Pump Project - a non-profit that she helped co-found in 2009 with the goal of bringing support and awareness to women whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. 

"With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog,, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives―from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook.
With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual."

I'm Judging You captured me from the first chapter. Luvvie's wit is evident from the get go and her book reflects her online style of humor. I caught myself a time or two (or fifty) laughing out loud. And you definitely need a good sense of humor to bring light to some of the topics she touches in the book - or they will make you cry. 

I love that Luvvie named her book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. As I read her collection of essays on Life, Culture, Social Media and Fame, I realized that "you" is a term she both relegates to our society as a whole as well as herself. The book is a reflection on how our society in America needs to take a major etiquette lesson in behavior. From Facebook to dinner with your friends to dealing with hot political topics she covers it all - or uncovers if you want to get cheeky since she mentions Kim Kardashian a time or two. 

My favorite essay was her one on social media. I died laughing, and she hits the nail on the head of so many violations we see every day. 

(Did someone really selfie themselves at a funeral? Did this go viral and I miss is? Why? WHY?) 

At the ripe old age of 33, I can remember the days when getting five minutes of library time to play The Oregon Trail was the highlight of our electronic days. Now I carry around my own mini computer with me everyday, and can play Oregon Trail all day every day if I want. And post about it on Facebook. With its own custom hashtag. #OnTheTrail #DONTHAVETIMEFORDYSENTERY

Luvvie is giving me some major side eye for even typing that. 

Point being, I've grown up seeing our culture go from having very little electronic involvement to now getting an almost instant update on everything going on in the world within seconds. I can appreciate her humor on our constant need to share information. I laugh in my head thinking of what our kids will one day think of mommy's Instagram-ing, and also fear of what might be included in theirs. 

Many of the topics she covered in her book I agree with, and her ultimate message is one that we can all take to heart - that we can all take a moment, look how we are contributing to life around us, and ask, "How can I do better?"

To learn more about Luvvie Ajayi and her novel I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual you can visit HERE

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