Monday Words: Living With It + Read This Book!

Sweetbitter Quote from Stephanie Danler's book  |  The Fresh Exchange

Over the break, I made a point to stop scrolling and start reading more. I spent a little time digging around on iBooks and read some previews of a few books. Eventually, I landed on Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Since then, I have been devouring this book, which is saying a lot because I very rarely find a book I feel this way about. This year I am spending much more time reading than ever before in hopes to continue pursuing quality within my own writing.

Danler’s book is a wonderfully witty and raw account of the experience of being young and working in the New York restaurant life. She writes excerpts and pieces of bits of lessons and moments alongside bits of definitions of restaurant culture. These short pieces compliment each other to beautifully elaborate on moments, lessons, and experiences while simplifying down to the point. It is a rare reading experience I am trying to savor just like a great meal.

Though I am only half through the first section of the book, I have highlighted so many portions of the book. The one that continually stands out is the above quote from the book. As I have been working on slowing down in order to produce more quality in my life, I am learning this very lesson couldn’t be truer of the importance of living with something to learn it. This is applicable in nearly every place in life from choosing a college degree, to choosing who you will marry, to knowing if a sweater is right for you, to choosing a place to live, and the list goes on. Everything in life needs time to settle and find its place in order to know if it is right or wrong or just something half way in-between.

Lately, there are a lot of things I am living in order to learn them. Though I am a big believer in your gut and that sometimes the first experience is the best way to know if something is right or not, there are many times that allowing something to hangĀ around can also be the perfect way to learn as well.

So what are the things you are living with in order to learn them? Is it a career? Is it a person? Is it a place? I would love to hear.

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  1. I read sweetbitter over the summer and fell in love with the writing. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more connected to characters before. they were so alive, so much more than words on the page. I’m so glad you read and loved it, too!

    if you’re looking for another great, somewhat coming-of-age story that also delves into friendship and mother-daughter relationships, I recommend ‘swing time’ by zadie smith. I read it last November and loved it so much!

  2. i absolutely love this post, megan! Thanks for sharing. I was determined to read more in 2015 and i did it! I managed to read 57 books by the end of 2015. last January, I made a list of 100 books I wanted to read by the end of 2016, shared the list on the blog, and crossed them off as I went along. i found this really helped keep me motivated. i read 82 books by december 31st.

    You Can Do it!

    i shared my favourite fiction and non-fiction reads of 2016 on the blog if you’re interested in recommendations!

    food and the city by ina yalof was one of my favourite reads last year! Yalof gives us a behind-the-scenes look at new york city’s food scene from the perspective of professional chefs, restaurant owners, line chefs, and food vendors. it`s packed with So many fascinating tidbits and i learned a lot!

    happy reading!!

  3. I freakin love your entries, I swEar we’re in the same season of gratitude and patience. You write beautifully, so gifted. Thank you for being so transparent about your feelings. Im in The process of opening my own Business, and im being challenged to truly embrace all that i feel is wrong with me and use that vs tRying to toss it. Oxox

  4. I want to improve my writing this year too. I usually lean towards fiction, but lately have been reading more books about leadership and personal growth because I also want to invite more positivity into my life. A practice that I continually struggle with implementing is writing every single day. I write down my things from what happened each day, but just giving myself an hour or more of time to just sit and write freely is something I crave, but haven’t had a chance to make time for. I want to live writing and reading more. Thank you for sharing these inspiring thoughts and great book recommendation!