What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: sexual relations, profanity.

Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars


It’s been a while since I vicariously traveled through a memoir, so when I saw Newman’s audiobook pop up on a suggested read list, I thought it sounded like the perfect adventure.

As a comedy sitcom writer, Newman has had enough success in her career to afford extravagant trips all over the world, but also a crazy, unpredictable schedule that allows her to take the time to make these trips. In her twenties, she thought she had it all- a great job writing script for That 70’s Show (one of my favorites!) and a boyfriend that she was sure would be her husband. Yet as she got into her thirties, Newman started to feel like there was something missing in her relationship, and it’s downfall led her to her first worldly tour. Though many of her trips were amidst an emotional crisis over a man, eventually she realized that she was a woman who craved adventure and foreign romance over marriage and children- and there was nothing wrong with it. From there, traveling became her therapy, muse, and way to recharge.

Argentina, Brazil, Paris, Amsterdam, Russia… where hasn’t Newman gone? Listening to her describe her trips, I was not only green with envy, but seriously considering how I too could be traveling internationally by the time I get to my thirties (which is not as far off as I would like). Newman occasionally comes off as a privileged and braggish, but her stories are so comedic and blatantly honest that you can’t hold it against her. If I had the life she had, I’d tell everyone too.

Overall, it’s a fun, high spirited read that gives me a lot of fodder for my wanderlust self, as well as person I could relate to in terms of wanting to see the world, having great adventures and romance, and doing everything I ever dreamed of before settling down.

Published: May 20, 2014

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

TL/DR: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman is a memoir about a woman who decided to pursue her career and travel instead of settling into a traditional, domestic role.

Read it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes, especially for fans of memoirs, audiobooks, and travel reads.

Buy it? I don’t think I would buy a physical copy of this one, but I would highly recommend getting your hands on an audiobook version.

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