Reading Pretty: Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

Did you miss my book posts? I missed writing them. It doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted to write about books, but life got in the way. Well no more. I am happy to be bringing back one of my other favorite loves – books. So look for more book reviews in the next few months. If you love books as much as I do, friend me on

I always expect books to transport me, but I didn’t think Saturday Night Widows would jolt me. I can sometimes be a cynic when it comes to certain books. I love a good romantic comedy, but only in movie form. I still consider myself a newlywed two and half years later, but the thought of becoming a widow now would devastate me. I had to put this book down a few times, because my mind just couldn’t handle it. I normally can pick a book apart – the prose is bad, the sequencing is off, etc. I couldn’t do it with this one because it touched me so much.

The discussion of death in the book took me back to all the major deaths in my life and how you never get over them. You learn to cope. It also took me back to why I came to yoga. It was because of my brother’s death. Instead of my usually super sadness for January I focused on what yoga brought me through his death. Yoga is my constant teacher. It teaches me to settle my mind that seems to never stop, it teaches me to breathe better, it helps me be better, and every day it teaches me something different. I am not talking just the poses, but the other aspects of yoga that I sometime forget.

I recommend Saturday Night Widows. It might be hard at first to keep up with the characters, but once you find your reading rhythm, you won’t want to put the book down. I advise reading it with a box of tissues. For a quick preview read the Q&A with From Left to Write members.

This post was inspired by Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman. After being kicked out of her widow support group for being too young, Becky creates her own support group with an unusual twist. Join From Left to Write on February 14 as we discuss Saturday Night Widows. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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1 Comment on Reading Pretty: Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

  1. Jennifer Wolfe
    February 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, reading can transport us to so many places and times in our lives; I did cry at several spots in this book, too!


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