After binge watching Parks & Rec on Netflix I knew I wanted to read Amy Poehler's book. I love her sense of humor and straight-up honesty in her bAfter binge watching Parks & Rec on Netflix I knew I wanted to read Amy Poehler's book. I love her sense of humor and straight-up honesty in her book, Yes Please. She talks about when she was working in Chicago, to her time at SNL, Parks & Rec days and her personal life.
I listened to the audiobook and followed along in the physical copy. I highly recommend listening to it! This was my first audiobook and I think I'll consistently listen to memoirs from now on. Amy is the narrator, she is just so funny and I felt like listening to Amy tell her own story added a whole other level to the book.
A little towards the middle, it got a little bit slow for me, but the first part of the book was awesome. There's a lot of funny parts, some bits of insight and a much appreciated look into Amy's past days in comedy.
I loved Amy's voice (both literary speaking and literally speaking) it stood out and made it seem like I was sitting down and talking with her. She's so likable and doesn't hesitate to bring up times when she wasn't the best person she could have been, which is awesome to see someone acknowledge their mistakes and it's inspiring too.
Overall, Yes Please is a wonderfully hilarious book with some serious bits mixed in. I loved learning more about Amy's Parks & Rec days and falling in love with her kick ass attitude.
If you've read and enjoyed Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) then I definitely recommend you pick up Yes Please, they both have that honest yet hilarious feel to them....more
You know you're buying an awesome book when the cashier goes "Oh! I've been wanting to read this one!" I loved The Miniaturist, it was just so interesYou know you're buying an awesome book when the cashier goes "Oh! I've been wanting to read this one!" I loved The Miniaturist, it was just so interesting! The setting was perfect and the overall haunting feeling of the book is beautifully mysterious. I love books that are so much more than words on a page and I felt like with The Miniaturist there was meaning between the lines.
The Miniaturist is set in 17th century Amsterdam and follows a young bride named Nella who just moved to a new city to live with her older and secretive husband, Johannes. Their marriage was quick so Nella really had no idea what she was getting into, like how his sister would be living with them and that he would rarely be around. Everyone in the house is very closed off and Nella wants to know the secrets of the house and the people that live there.
I was sucked back in time so easily. Burton had a way of describing Nella's surroundings in a way that didn't feel forced. Since most of the time Nella is experiencing places for the first time while your reading, it makes the descriptions that much more enjoyable.
All of the characters play an important role and are so well-developed. I really enjoyed watching Nella grow and take responsibility for her life. I found her to be a really interesting character and I loved reading about her story.
I loved the mystery that was the miniaturist. It added an eerie feeling to the story that I couldn't resist.
I've been struggling with trying to comprehend my thoughts for this book because the overall feeling is indescribable. The perfect mix of mystery, suspense, 17th century Netherlands and Nella's odd situation was just so addictive. I felt like The Miniaturist took me fully into Nella's world with Burton's lyrical writing and suspenseful plot....more
Shadow Scale is a lot of book. It's right around 600 pages and for me, it felt long. For the amount of writing there was, not a whole lot happened. LiShadow Scale is a lot of book. It's right around 600 pages and for me, it felt long. For the amount of writing there was, not a whole lot happened. Like in the first book there's lots of descriptions and imagery, which is great, but sometimes it felt a bit much. I just wanted to get to the action and adventure instead of feeling almost weighed down by the constant descriptions.
In some parts I felt like we lost some of the characters and their personalities. I had some trouble understanding their decisions and truly caring what was going to happen to next. It's like some parts were so great and then there were other parts that felt long and just alright. The plot was a little iffy for me too, it was like everything either happened all at once or nothing seemed to be happen for a while.
I was absolutely not a fan of the ending. I can't say much without spoiling it, but I just feel so let down by it.
I was really looking forward to Seraphina's sequel, Shadow Scale, but I was unfortunately let down a bit. This might be due to my high expectations after enjoying the first book so much, but I just really wanted more for our beloved Seraphina! I'm usually a fan of description, but there was so much of it that I felt like it lost the story in some places. Although I might not have loved this book, I enjoyed the world Hartman created and still adore the Seraphina from the first book.
**I received this book for review from Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own....more
I absolutely loved this book! I'm usually not a fan of paranormal historical fiction, but I adored Soulless. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti, isI absolutely loved this book! I'm usually not a fan of paranormal historical fiction, but I adored Soulless. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti, is witty, independent and a total badass. Her awesome sense of humor is one of my favorite parts of the book. I usually get so put off by how women were treated in the past (marry, have kids, stay quiet) that I don't read books in this genre, but Alexia's witty remarks and free thinking was a breath of fresh air.
This world perfectly mixes Victorian London with the paranormal in a steampunk sort of way. I enjoyed how the existence of vampires and werewolves weren't kept a secret. They were part of London's society, just not looked at as highly as humans.
There was also mystery in the book with trying to figure out why supernaturals were suddenly disappearing. I loved how it offered suspense and also showed how well Alexia and Lord Maccon worked together. Lord Maccon, by the way, is a total babe!
I usually find the first book in a series to be a bit overkill with all the descriptions, but I thought Soulless had the perfect amount of world building without losing focus of the story. I seriously cannot wait to read the rest of the books in The Parasol Protectorate series! ...more