#imomsohard is a popular web series started on YouTube by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley. They're women, wives, and moms that talk about mostly hilar#imomsohard is a popular web series started on YouTube by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley. They're women, wives, and moms that talk about mostly hilarious women's and motherhood issues in pure, unfiltered honesty. They show the good, the bad, and the ugly, and make themselves look ridiculous on purpose so their viewers can know they're not alone on those hard days. A friend of mine introduced me to their style of entertainment when the swimsuit segment went live and I was immediately intrigued.
The book #IMomSoHard is a mixture of memoir, behind-the-scenes information, and more laughs coauthored by both Kristin and Jen. It discusses the isolation of motherhood, the importance of having mom friends, the benefits of laughing, struggling with body image, practicing self-care, and remembering how every stage of motherhood felt so that we can lend a hand as needed (with and without being asked). I hope more empowering women follow in Kristin and Jen's footsteps to bring encouragement, perspective, and laughs to the world. Check it out.
My favorite quote: “Self-care is really hard as a mother. Somewhere along the way, there was some shitty Hallmark card that told us that if we give all of our time to our kids and husbands, they will be better people. It's so untrue. Mothers who sacrifice everything gain nothing. Before we were mothers, we were women, and we still are. We gain nothing by missing a gyno appointment to make it to our kid's volleyball game. We gain nothing by skipping our one night with the girls to organize the garage. And we gain nothing by struggling in darkness without a few rays of light. We work this hard out of love but we've got to shine that lovelight on ourselves once in a while. It makes us better people. It makes us happier moms. It makes us healthier women.”
Audiobook self-narrated by Kristin and Jen. ...more
If you took a poll in the USA, I would guess Paris would likely make the top 10 list for dream vacation destinations. Paris resident John Von Sothen rIf you took a poll in the USA, I would guess Paris would likely make the top 10 list for dream vacation destinations. Paris resident John Von Sothen remembers what it was like to wonder about, experience for the first time, and now be completely immersed in what was once literally foreign to him. He somewhat humorously gathers stereotypes and assumptions which he both breaks and confirms by sharing his personal observations/experiences. It does feel at times quite opinionated, borderline judgmental, if I'm being honest but if I came across a similar book floating around about Florida's heavy populated tourist destinations, I'd probably laugh my @ss off. It's all about what you know. I'm glad he found a place to call home.
Josh Em and Hazel Bradford knew each other back in college and managed to collect some awkward memories before graduation led them to adulthood. But lJosh Em and Hazel Bradford knew each other back in college and managed to collect some awkward memories before graduation led them to adulthood. But life has a way of helping people cross paths again when they're meant to. And Josh and Hazel? ...they were definitely meant to. First you need to know that Hazel is strange but in an incredibly endearing kind of way. She is absolutely and unapologetically herself with the carefree attitude we all wish we had. Josh gets her. They are best friends, they have never dated, and the fact that he knows her so well pretty much ensures that they never will. But, spending all their time together has its down side. They are sexual beings after all. So Josh and Hazel agree to set each other up on what becomes a series of hilarious and unsuccessful blind dates. When it comes down to it, they have the best sort of fun with each other and no one else will do.
Writing duo Christina Lauren have knocked it out of the park with this one in terms of comedy. I have read almost all their books and this one is by far my favorite to date. In my opinion, the first sixty percent is quite funny, but as if on cue, the book shifts gears with less humor and more of a serious tone. It adds some internal conflict and emotion, but with low drama which was A-OK with me. It was diverse with the inclusion of Josh's Korean culture, the storyline made room for family and friends, it gave me an entirely new perspective on the movie Aliens (you just have to read it), and it stresses that no matter how “undatable” you may think you are, being yourself is enough. You are enough. Check it out.
My favorite quote: “Do you have a comfort movie? … For me, it's Aliens. Not the first one, Alien, but the second, with Vasquez, and Hicks, and Hudson. Sigourney Weaver is so badass. She's a warrior, and a quasi–foster mother, and a soldier, and a sexy beast. I would do her so fast. It's the first movie I saw where a woman demonstrates how easily we can do it all.”...more
Cute, relatable, and short, Big Mushy Happy Lump is the second installment in Sarah Andersen's comic series of personal essays titled: Sarah's ScribblCute, relatable, and short, Big Mushy Happy Lump is the second installment in Sarah Andersen's comic series of personal essays titled: Sarah's Scribbles. Although I've seen shots from this book on the internet every now and then, this is the first time I've actually opened the cover of Andersen's work. Overall, I liked it. Many people can relate to the life issues threaded throughout these nonfiction comics. I think since the internet tends to showcase mass favorites I just assumed the whole book would be of the same smile-enducing quality. To be clear, there are plenty of smiles to be had in Big Mushy Happy Lump. Absolutely no regrets in spending the hour it took to consume this book front to back.
Rich People Problems is the third installment in Kevin Kwan's humorous series titled Crazy Rich Asians. This one was less funny and more emotional butRich People Problems is the third installment in Kevin Kwan's humorous series titled Crazy Rich Asians. This one was less funny and more emotional but it was still an amazing read just in a different way. Lots of resolution, some things coming full-circle, plenty of surprises for both the reader and certainly for the characters. It was an excellent addition (and ending, I think) to the series. Note: This series must absolutely be read in order. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Scientists talk about how we inherit health issues from our parents through our genes, but we also inherit this entire lineage of fear and pain—generations of it.” ...more
★★★★ I think I liked this one better than the first and you've gotta admit that's rare for sequels. Laugh-out-loud funny, educational in an urban dicti★★★★½ I think I liked this one better than the first and you've gotta admit that's rare for sequels. Laugh-out-loud funny, educational in an urban dictionary kind of way, tons of drama, romance, and even a little bit of suspense/mystery this time around. It was amazing!
My favorite quote: “People are messy. Life gets messy. Things are not always going to work out perfectly just because you want them to.”...more
"So we have an apparent contradiction: On the one hand, the national consensus is that Florida is a stupid weird insane dysfunctional hellhole that
"So we have an apparent contradiction: On the one hand, the national consensus is that Florida is a stupid weird insane dysfunctional hellhole that is also – I forgot to mention this earlier – a hurricane zone that is soon going to be largely submerged when global climate change causes the seas to rise to the point where vast heards of lobsters roam what is now Interstate 95. On the other hand, people keep coming here. And most of them – even the non-stupid ones – decide to stay here. The question is: Why?
I choose anonymity here on goodreads, but I can share that I have experience with living in the state of Florida. When some friends mentioned how funny this author was, I knew this particular title was for me. Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland is self-deprecating, informational, and flat out hilarious. It pokes fun at absurd but true headlines that go viral throughout our nation and reveals some behind-the-scenes craziness witnessed first hand by the author himself. It also thoroughly discusses the very question raised in the above quote. The "defending" part consists of the fact that most of the perpetrators of said craziness are not native to Florida. Florida is indeed a melting pot that attracts a lot of good, bad...and yes, crazy, but you'll find some long-term loyalty for sure. From experience, the theme parks are overrated, the #floridaman hashtag is underrated, and the beaches are spot on. Check out this book...and Florida. It's the perfect winter for some sunshine!
My favorite quote: "...wherever you live in Florida, you have easy access to the number one family theme resort in the world. My family can get into our car in Miami and, in just three and a half hours, we can be in the Magic Kingdom, standing in a four-hour line to get into Space Mountain. You cannot put a price tag on a family theme experience like that."...more
Someone I greatly admire in the book world was very excited to receive The Gun Seller as a Christmas gift which I pretty much took as an ultra-crediblSomeone I greatly admire in the book world was very excited to receive The Gun Seller as a Christmas gift which I pretty much took as an ultra-credible recommendation. The audio was at my library and I snapped it up. I didn't pay any attention to the author's name...and I'm glad I didn't because I likely wouldn't have read it. If you have never heard of this book, then don't research the author either. Just read it blind! I'm so glad I did. Obviously, after I finished this darkly hilarious piece of arms trafficking/international conspiracy action thriller, I had to find out who this author was! Admittedly, it is very unfair of me to say I was disappointed...until I learned that this person originally used a pseudonym when looking for publication opportunities. Then I finally looked beyond his name myself. Because in the end, all that matters is the book. And this book is laugh-out-loud witty, brilliantly outrageous, and a five-star read in my opinion. Take this recommendation from someone who has never been a fan of the author except for now and only in the context of The Gun Seller (and any other piece of fiction he may write). Check it out and be prepared to smirk, smile, laugh, eyeroll, chuckle, eyebrow raise and all the other involuntary reactions that happen when you read something that takes you by surprise. I absolutely loved it!
My favorite quote: “There once was a man who went to see a psychiatrist, crippled by a fear of flying. His phobia was based on the belief that there would be a bomb on any plane he boarded. The psychiatrist tried to shift the phobia but couldn’t, so he sent his patient to a statistician. The statistician prodded a calculator and informed the man that the odds against there being a bomb on board the next flight he took were half a million to one. The man still wasn’t happy, and sat there convinced that he’d be on that one plane out of half a million. So the statistician prodded the calculator again and said ‘all right, would you feel safer if the odds were ten million to one against?’ The man said, yes, of course he would. So the statistician said ‘the odds against there being two, separate, unrelated bombs on board your next flight are exactly ten million to one against.’ The man looked puzzled, and said ‘that’s all well and good, but how does it help me?’ The statistician replied: ‘It’s very simple. You take a bomb on board with you.”...more
Yes!! I loved this! I was hooked immediately and what a fun ride it was! The Hating Game is Sally Thorne’s debut novel and it’s a winner. Lots of humoYes!! I loved this! I was hooked immediately and what a fun ride it was! The Hating Game is Sally Thorne’s debut novel and it’s a winner. Lots of humor and emotion with a strong heroine and a surprisingly complicated hero. This is going on my re-read list ASAP! Seriously check it out!
My favorite quote: “He sits on the edge of the couch, his hair damp and ruffled in every direction. I turn the page and unfortunately a lurid diagram of an erect penis glares up at me. “I am trying to be a bit more normal.” He looks at the page. “How’s it working out so far?” “I’m glad this isn’t a pop-up book.”...more
Crazy Rich Asians is part satire, part romance, part family drama, part Mean Girls, and 100% entertaining. When it comes down to it, the lesson learneCrazy Rich Asians is part satire, part romance, part family drama, part Mean Girls, and 100% entertaining. When it comes down to it, the lesson learned is that every parent wants their child to be set up for success in the best possible way, even though the method may seem maddening. It is the first installment in a series by the same name and I am excited to continue. Check it out!!
My favorite quote: "There is nothing in the world that good food cannot fix."...more
Living through the childhoods of my son, his friends, and countless nieces and nephews, I have read all of Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give... booksLiving through the childhoods of my son, his friends, and countless nieces and nephews, I have read all of Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give... books. They're just great books that make you smile. When I saw this title on netgalley for adults, I grabbed it immediately. Unfortunately, If You Give a Man a Cookie: A Parody didn't work for me. I found it stereotypical and frankly a bit mean. It felt like a disgruntled wife needed to get some frustration out, and if this was the case, there will be other women in similar emotional states that may eat this book up. I'm just not one of them. To be fair, it is clear that the very small storyline means no harm. It's meant to prompt laughter and like with much comedy in the world, it will only succeed if it meets the right reader. The illustrations are well-done and consistent in the whimsical and beautiful quality as the other If You Give... books. Take this review with a grain of salt as I was not the right reader for this parody.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of If You Give a Man a Cookie. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Genres: Humor Pub Date: 10 Oct 2017...more
Anytime I'm in the humor section of a bookstore, my eyes scan for Matthew Inman - aka The Oatmeal because I know I'm going to laugh. I jumped at the oAnytime I'm in the humor section of a bookstore, my eyes scan for Matthew Inman - aka The Oatmeal because I know I'm going to laugh. I jumped at the opportunity to read If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men because A) I have a dog that can be psycho at times B) The whole 'I love Matthew Inman/The Oatmeal' thing.
While If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men did give me smiles and exactly one chuckle, it's far from the humor I generally see in Inman's collection of graphic novels. I liked that it gave English-speaking dialogue to funny dog behavior that every dog-owner will be able to relate to, and my dog loved that the reading experience made me want to play with him directly after. So overall, it was definitely worth the minutes it took me to read it. If you're a fan of this cartoonist, then consider checking it out!
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Authors: The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Pub Date: 26 Sep 2017...more
If you've ever been cheated on, undervalued, passed over, or been left behind in a different sense, you will LOVE this book. If you haven't then justIf you've ever been cheated on, undervalued, passed over, or been left behind in a different sense, you will LOVE this book. If you haven't then just count yourself as lucky...and still read this book, you're going to love it too. Kristan Higgins knows what it feels like. For real. The internalization, the questioning, the frustration, the trust, the trying, the anger, the hope, the resentment, the confusion, the decisions, the blame, the shut-up-and-smile, the unfairness of it all, THE GRIEF. On and on it goes and Higgins has captured it all with delicate emotion and a surprising hilarity that I didn't expect.
If You Only Knew alternates perspectives between two sisters with two very different personalities who each are coping with their own set of relationship stressors. They remember their shared past in varying ways which impacts how they move forward (or stay standing). It is emotional, very real, and damn funny. How have I never read this author before??? Seems I have a lot of catching up to do. Yay me!! There is so much more to these alternating storylines than what I have noted but I don't want to spoil anything further. Read it, you'll love it. I will definitely be doing a re-read soon! Check it out!
Note: In an online interview located HERE, I found the following piece of information about the author which might explain how she can describe and show emotional responses so well:
"Kristan often tells stories of loss and does so with verisimilitude. This is in part due, perhaps, to her personal history. Her father was killed by a drunk driver when he was 47 and Kristan was 23. Her mother never remarried and the theme of losing a great love and being afraid to risk such heartbreak again permeates many of Kristan’s books."
My favorite quote: “The one thing I hate about the wedding industry is that it focuses so much on the one day. People become obsessed with details, enraged with those they love, worn out from planning a few hours of a day that may not mean that much in the grand scheme of things. Even as I’m designing a dress that will cost thousands and thousands of dollars, I’ve always tried to work that message in. Don’t forget that after this day comes thousands of other days. Be careful. Cherish each other. Don’t blow it.”
4/6/17: OMG, I loved it!!!!! RTC when I get off cloud freakin' nine ♥️...more
Kinsella is hands down my favorite chick-lit writer but Lindsey Kelk arrives at a dangerously close second. I was overjoyed to see she had a fresh staKinsella is hands down my favorite chick-lit writer but Lindsey Kelk arrives at a dangerously close second. I was overjoyed to see she had a fresh standalone available that detoured away from her two existing series. We Were On a Break was a little bit annoying but mostly very funny. Let me break it down by the goods and the bads annoyings based on my opinion.
Goods: -Alternating POV's of the female lead Olivia and male lead Adam. I've not yet read a Kelk book that offered a male perspective. -I adored all of the characters on Olivia's side. Loved DC and David the most!! -The humor!! God, there were some funny parts. (view spoiler)[Chucking Jane's keys was my fav! (hide spoiler)] -Kelk's ability to make the unlikable characters not so horrendous by the end of the book...even Chris. -Olivia's personal growth/assertiveness. -A few great quotes and strong life lessons. -Feel good sigh at the end despite the annoying bits. I really did smile and say "Awwww" after the last line :)
Annoyings: -Alternating POV's had no indicator that the POV was shifting. A heading or chapter number change or something really is necessary. -Basically all the characters on Adam's side, including Adam for the main portion of the book. -Adam's role of victim for about the first 80% made me sick since he was the one who's childlike behavior started it all. (Yes, I realize I am sounding childlike now.) -(view spoiler)[Jane as Adam's backup plan. Really? He is such a child and this continued thought process (and kissing and sleepovers and the record-setting semi's) made it hard to support Adam and Olivia getting back together. Obviously though, all the regret and punishment he endured by the end allowed me to forgive him. (hide spoiler)]
So, the "Goods" list outweighs the "Annoyings" list. Overall, I truly enjoyed this as the chick-lit that it was. If you need a light, fluffy read for yourself, then check it out!
My favorite quote: "There’s a lot to be said for someone who understands who you are and where you’re from –don’t underestimate how much those things matter. It’s a lot more important to find someone who appreciates the things that made you who you are today than someone with a nice bum and a Ferrari."
Note: I'm not sure if Ross's infamous line in Friends had anything to do with this title or Ms. Kelk's overall inspiration but I included one of the many available gifs for memory's sake. Doesn't it make you want to go back and watch that episode!! Season 3, episode 15 to be exact. Don't worry, I googled it, I totally didn't know that off the top of my head ;) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is photographer and essayist: Rachel Hulin's debut novel in fiction. The story follows the dysfunctional, codependent relationsHey Harry, Hey Matilda is photographer and essayist: Rachel Hulin's debut novel in fiction. The story follows the dysfunctional, codependent relationship between two fraternal twins. This novel I think was intended to be a mixture of comedy and indecency, creating something that would fall into a witty type of humor category. While the dialogue was in fact very clever most of the time and even the characters' various situations made me internally chuckle, I didn't find the "indecent" parts very funny at all. I'm not a prude and I'm certainly one that can see satire when it is presented to me, but in my opinion, Ms. Hulin jumped the shark so to speak with her slow integration of (view spoiler)[sibling love, aka incest is never actually spelled out but it's pretty clear... (hide spoiler)]. Secrets were revealed that might end up making this element OK for some readers but unfortunately not for me. The ending is left open but based on how these characters' familial relationship ebbed and flowed throughout the story, it is easy to presume a certain future for these two that honestly made me regret my reading involvement. On a positive note, I did like that this novel is a series of correspondence. This writing style has never failed to entertain me (ie: Love, Rosie, Attachments, Illuminae, Gemina...). They have all excelled at engaging, palpable storytelling by nothing more than organizing dialogue in a thread of documents presented to the reader. Hey Harry, Hey Matilda succeeded in this respect as well. My only complaint related to the audio experience is that having each letter begin with "Hey Harry" or "Hey Matilda" became annoyingly redundant after a while. However, I saw that the print book offers some visuals that may be worth a peek. The author has an instragram account located here dedicated to these characters with visuals (obviously). Since I listened instead of viewed, I don't know if the instagram visuals are the same as in the book but it was still nice to browse through and gave me an idea of how talented a photographer Ms. Hulin is.
Hey Harry, Hey Matilda ended up being an OK read for me (2 stars). There were positives and negatives based on my personal reading experience. In summary, read the synopsis and various positive and negative book reviews then proceed at your own risk. I should note that Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a short reading experience so there's that.
My favorite quote: "Family's what you make it, you know what I mean? There's much more plasticity in families than people really want to believe. People should just choose who they want to be their family, and that should be the end of it."...more
Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line is a short-story written by author Karin Slaughter. I read this as part of her short-story collection titled: Three TwisRemmy Rothstein Toes the Line is a short-story written by author Karin Slaughter. I read this as part of her short-story collection titled: Three Twisted Stories but this one in particular brought out some chuckles from me. Ms. Slaughter writes this dark comedy using only email messages to tell the story. I know some readers hate the correspondence style of writing but I tend to consistently love this type of storytelling and it totally worked for this piece. The storyline had so many very original but strange factors that I couldn't help but stay incredibly engaged. I get annoyed when I have to read accents off the page (just a pet peeve of mine) so I'm so glad I listened to this one via audiobook - the narration for the rural bayou family was fantastic. I loved Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line and couldn't help but shake my head and giggle at the end.
Ms. Slaughter, I saw some pretty critical reviews concerning your comedy skills but I am a fan for sure. Please keep at it!!!!...more
Maternity Leave is a women's fiction/humor novel written by middle-school librarian Julie Halpern. As the title suggests, this novel is about a woman'Maternity Leave is a women's fiction/humor novel written by middle-school librarian Julie Halpern. As the title suggests, this novel is about a woman's maternity leave after giving birth to her first child. Guess what? The character: Annie is a middle school teacher...very similar to the author. According to an interview with Ms. Halpern at the end of the audiobook, that is not where the similarities end. She actually incorporated many of her personal motherhood experiences for these fictional characters and it created a real and relatable story.
Ms. Halpern's honesty is painfully hilarious! She shows that giving birth, adjusting to your post-baby body, breastfeeding, considering sex again, keeping some normalcy in your marriage, and figuring out this parenting thing isn't always all it's cracked up to be. This novel is written in a series of journal entries that does not feel like fiction at all except for the generous dose of comedy on every page. Motherhood is such a blessing, no but's about it. It's also hard, uncertain, and has parents second guessing themselves at almost every turn. I applaud Ms. Halpern for commenting on all the craziness and cushioning it with a "love it or hate it" style of comedy. Her approach worked for me - she wrote all the things I felt ungrateful for thinking when I was a new mom. I think Ms. Halpern's novel will validate so many mothers who feel like they are literally going crazy. Yes, it all pays off in the end but you've got to admit, even "supermom" has her days.
My favorite quote: "I tried running again this morning. Things went well for maybe a minute but then it felt like the bottom was about to drop again. What a bizarre sensation. I envision my vaginal area looking something like a hellmouth from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and if I shake it up too much, everything: demons, vampires, Fallopian tubes is going to start flying out into the new dimension I opened. Not to mention the extra sixty pounds of boob I feel like I'm toting around. I don't know if I can run even if I manage to stop up my giant nether chasm. Best walk instead."...more
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a collection of contemplative but humorous autobiographical essays written by humorist/ comedian/ author/ radio coLet's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a collection of contemplative but humorous autobiographical essays written by humorist/ comedian/ author/ radio contributor: David Sedaris. Before reading this book, I was not familiar with Mr. Sedaris, but I gotta say I kind of like him! He offers the reader material that stirs both thought and emotion...it's not just an easy laugh. That will take some getting used to for me personally because when I think of comedy, my brain automatically takes a backseat and I ready myself for effortless entertainment. This isn't your typical comedy but it's good stuff. I like this author and am definitely interested in exploring some more of his work.
Factoid: The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. I listened to it and it really is a great collection of both live and studio performances. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “States vote to take away my marriage rights, and even though I don't want to get married, it tends to hurt my feelings. I guess what bugs me is that it was put to a vote in the first place. If you don't want to marry a homosexual, then don't. But what gives you the right to weigh in on your neighbor's options? It's like voting whether or not redheads should be allowed to celebrate Christmas.”
David Sedaris has authored the following books as of July 2015. They are not considered a series to my knowledge, but they are similar in regards to being collections of personal essays. ...more
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a standalone contemporary/young-adult novel written by author Jesse Andrews. You may read some reviews that referencMe and Earl and the Dying Girl is a standalone contemporary/young-adult novel written by author Jesse Andrews. You may read some reviews that reference this as a "cancer book", but it's not. Yes, one of the characters suffers from leukemia (I'm not spoiling anything - it's right there in the synopsis), but this book focuses on the characters and not just the circumstance, and I love that!
One of the main aspects of this book is crude, laugh-out-loud humor. I think the dialogue does a descent job of representing the minds of adolescent boys and it's pretty great. However, if you are easily put off by spoken hormone-influenced thoughts, you may want to just wait for the movie to come out on DVD so you can fast-forward. Personally, I'm glad I read it and I would recommend it. It's awkward, interpersonal, and funny. On the surface, it seems somewhat meaningless and random...but on a deeper level it is anything but. These characters learn about life, struggle, and death...but I laughed like crazy and didn't cry once.
It's not a cancer book.
My favorite quote: “This book probably makes it seem like I hate myself and everything I do. But that's not totally true. I mostly just hate every person I've ever been. I'm actually fine with myself right now.”...more
This perfectly represents the tone of this book. It was pretty funny, but it is also what moms need to hear sometimes. We need an un-guilt trip. Parenting is a huge responsibility - I think we all know that, but the added pressure to be perfect is just too much sometimes. All the research studies and judgmental mothers who think everyone should follow their lead is enough to cause even the most centered person to feel crazy anxiety and guilt. But Ms. Wilder-Taylor uses her opinionated and blunt comedy to put things in perspective. She also shares her personal parenting style, and while it may seem unnecessary or TMI to some readers, I felt she was using this as way to again let readers know that you don't have to be perfect to find success at this parenting thing. Some days we will feel like superstars and some days we will feel like failures...but life goes on and we continue to learn.
I could relate to so many topics in this book which helped me feel incredibly invested. Her story never really made me laugh out loud but I did find it quite humorous much of the time. Most importantly, I felt encouraged. I would recommend Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic to any mother who isn't easily offended by jabs at trending parenting opinions. Mothers won't ever be perfect but we can be good if we just trust our instincts and ensure that our children feel safe and loved. Let's just say this book is exactly what I needed today :)
My favorite quote: "You just need to put it in perspective. You aren't that pageant mom who allegedly gave her eight-year-old daughter botox so she wouldn't get wrinkles. Feel better about your parenting now? Or what about the human barbie lady who gifted her seven year old with a voucher for a boob job that she can use when she turns sixteen. Or how about the drunkie dad who made an eight year old drive on the freeway so he could sleep it off while his four year old was unbelted in the backseat. Look those people up and then throw yourself a parade. Compared to these people, you are doing fantastic. OK, at least you aren't newsworthy. And some days, you just gotta take not newsworthy as a win."
I love, love, love Amy Poehler! She is a great entertainer with an extensive filmography, but I am most familiar with her through my favorite SNL decaI love, love, love Amy Poehler! She is a great entertainer with an extensive filmography, but I am most familiar with her through my favorite SNL decade along with one of my absolute favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation. She's amazing on screen and I was so excited to hear she had written a book! Yes Please is a memoir full of humor, insightful advice, and heartfelt moments. Though I was surprised at how much content was about her work and behind-the-scenes information about the industry. After some thought, I realize most readers identify with Amy through her work so I guess it makes sense. It gives readers a glimpse into the parts of her life she is willing to share and I respect that.
I ended up really liking Yes Please and would recommend it to fans of Amy Poehler. If you're not too familiar with her as an entertainer, don't dismiss this book quite yet! There are many moments of insight and perspective that will likely speak to every woman's heart. Her trip to Haiti was particularly touching, and through her shared experience we can all be reminded to look at the big picture when complaining about our little first world problems. That in itself was worth the read.
Note: I listened to the audio version of Yes Please which was excellent. Amy Poehler narrates, along with vocal cameos by a variety of other well-known voices. It felt incredibly intimate to listen to Amy herself tell listeners about her life and career. A few parts brought out her own laugh and I loved that she seemed so laid back during the recording. I would highly recommend it.
My favorite quote: “People are very bad and very good. A little love goes a long way.”
Chat Love is a humorous women's fiction/chick-lit novel written by author Justine Faeth. Whether you are single or in a relationship, most women willChat Love is a humorous women's fiction/chick-lit novel written by author Justine Faeth. Whether you are single or in a relationship, most women will be able to relate to the heroine: Lucia Pia and her struggles in the dating world. This book started out with a scene that had me rolling with laughter, and Lucia's continuous online dating disasters kept the laughs coming. This element was my favorite part of the book. I also really enjoyed all the secondary characters written into this story. Their dating lives were just as fun to watch!
Ms. Faeth's writing was almost satirical in regards to the online dating scene and the incredibly strong expectations some cultures and societies place on women to marry and make babies "before it's too late". The latter was my least favorite part of the book but I can acknowledge that these pressures on women have been around forever and will likely continue for quite some time.
Although some elements in Chat Love sadly affected my overall enjoyment (see spoiler), I can honestly say I liked this book and devoured the humor-filled parts along with the sexual tension that comes along with adult romantic interest. If you enjoy hopelessly romantic chick-lit books and feel strongly about supporting independent authors, check out Chat Love!
In an effort to provide an honest review, I must note a few things that affected my overall enjoyment, thus prompting 3 stars versus 4 or 5 stars. (view spoiler)[In my review, I used the phrase "almost satirical" because most of the events in this book were so over-the-top. The elements that genuinely added humor of course I didn't mind because is just offered that many more laughs - I would read an entire book written by Ms. Faeth of these crazy online dating encounters! But the main characters' indecisiveness towards one another was like watching a tennis match on steroids and at times their actions and communication didn't quite make sense to me as a reader. Also, there was an identity mystery similar to the one in the movie You've Got Mail that was so blatantly obvious I felt a bit insulted as a reader. However, after assuring myself that this couldn't have been meant to be a real surprise to readers themselves, I just continued reading and tried to enjoy watching the characters be surprised. Frankly, I couldn't believe that they didn't figure it out themselves but it's all good. I guess it added to that stressful climax that is often included in your typical romantic comedy. My last note is just one of personal preference: I am not a woman who could be described as a hopeless romantic, and the theme/moral of this story is very much for those who live for true love and fairytales. I can't fault the author for this though - the world definitely needs some more positive energy in it! (hide spoiler)]
My favorite quote: "Your heart knows what to do; all you need to do is stop and listen to what it's saying."
*Many thanks to Justine Faeth for her generous offer to give me a free ebook copy of Chat Love to read and rate/review.
I couldn't help myself and added some sarcastic images related to online dating. These cracked me up and hopefully they will give someone else a laugh or two as well. No offense is intended.
Sh*t My Dad Says is a nonfiction, comedic, memoir of sorts written by Justin Halpern. Mr. Halpern thought to dedicate a twitter account to the crazy sSh*t My Dad Says is a nonfiction, comedic, memoir of sorts written by Justin Halpern. Mr. Halpern thought to dedicate a twitter account to the crazy stuff that comes out of his dad’s mouth in response to various topics and situations, and fellow tweeters rapidly followed by the masses. Shortly after, Mr. Halpern was offered a variety of adaptations of his popular twitter feed, including this book.
Reading Sh*t My Dad Says was like watching those funny home video shows...you know the ones that show some guy getting hit in the balls and you can’t help but laugh hysterically? Mr. Halpern’s father is so direct and rude with his son, and even though readers should probably be cringing, snort-worthy laughter consistently wins out. I laughed out loud so many times while listening to the audio version of this book. I loved the audio by the way- the voice for the father is so gruff; it just added to the hilarity. But among all the incidents of insensitivity, there are moments that shine through this father’s very blunt parenting style. Reviews for Sh*t My Dad Says are somewhat mixed, but based on my reading experience, it deserves five stars! Both the father’s unintentional humor and the meaningful father/son moments make this a great read. Check it out! ...but don’t listen to the audio at work like I did, unless of course you don’t mind covering up all your laughing with fits of pretend coughing. On the other hand, at least you will have a believable reason to call in sick the next day!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes life leaves a hundred-dollar bill on your dresser, and you don't realize until later it's because it f*cked you.”...more
I knew that Youth in Revolt is a movie but I didn't realize it was based on a book until I saw the audiobook available at my library. I have never watI knew that Youth in Revolt is a movie but I didn't realize it was based on a book until I saw the audiobook available at my library. I have never watched the movie but was excited to try a slightly different book than I'm used to. I have to say I really enjoyed it! The book is a collection of journal entries written by the lead character Nick Twisp. I thought this book was pretty hilarious even though the entries written by a hormone-crazed, fourteen-year-old boy were a little over the top. But who knows, maybe this is really how some teenage boys think! Regardless, that aspect added to the hilarity, as crude as it was at times. Nick, who was once a confused and innocent young teen ends the story as a rebellious young man on a mission. He is in "open revolt" as referenced in the title. Family, high school, and virginity issues can apparently have that effect...go figure.
My favorite quote: “Consider, if you will, the morning boner. What a metaphor of hope and renewal! How can anyone give way to despair when one’s groin greets each day with such a gala spectacle of physical optimism?”...more
Invisible Ellen is such a good book! It's funny, witty, adventurous, heartfelt, a little sad, but very real. Ellen Homes lives on the sidelines and shInvisible Ellen is such a good book! It's funny, witty, adventurous, heartfelt, a little sad, but very real. Ellen Homes lives on the sidelines and she does so on purpose. It helps her stay invisible. If people don't notice her, they can't hurt her. But an impulsive decision to do a good deed one day changes everything. For a few minutes, Ellen was a participant in life and she "felt" something. I am not going to say anything more about the storyline because I refuse to spoil the fun, but this was such fun to read. Invisible Ellen is the first book I have ever read by the author, Shari Shattuck, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. Something in every chapter made me laugh and put a smile on my face. If you are in the mood for a character-driven, feel-good book then please give Invisible Ellen a try.
My favorite quote: You don't have to be blind to make a complete fool of yourself, and anyway, who cares?
While reviewing the 2013 Goodreads Choice award winners, I saw this book and decided to check it out. I see photos from this book turned in to memes aWhile reviewing the 2013 Goodreads Choice award winners, I saw this book and decided to check it out. I see photos from this book turned in to memes all over the internet and they are pretty interesting. After finishing, I can honestly say that I love this collection of hilarious short-stories. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened is written by and based on the life of author Allie Brosh. There are a total of eighteen stories and I enjoyed some stories more than others but they all were thoroughly entertaining. My favorites were: The Party The God of Cake The Simple Dog The Helper Dog is an Asshole Depression Part One Depression Part Two
Regarding the two stories on depression, I admire Ms. Brosh's ability to describe this condition so realistically but also with an honest and respectful humor that lifts any shame or stigma associated with it. I hope Ms. Brosh writes additional books! ...more
Heaven, Texas is the second installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's Chicago Stars series. I enjoyed this book even better than the first. It seems aHeaven, Texas is the second installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's Chicago Stars series. I enjoyed this book even better than the first. It seems all the books in this series can be read as standalone novels and do not have to be read in order; however, I’m choosing to go in order anyway. Heaven, Texas is about football legend Bobby Tom Denton who was forced into retirement after an injury ended his playing days. Now that he is not playing ball, he is bored out of his mind and is looking for a new path while he deals with his adjustment to a calmer life. He flippantly signs a contract to star in a movie as he feels it will be a fun experience but appears to be less than serious about actually showing up when filming is set to begin. The production head sends Gracie Snow to remind Bobby Tom of the seriousness of the situation and retrieve him. Gracie has never really “lived life” and she wants to succeed at this assignment so she can prove herself and work her way up in an exciting new career. The lengths she goes through to get Bobby Tom to where he needs to be is so crazy. The dialogue between Gracie and Bobby Tom is hilarious and I was laughing out loud during most of this book! Gracie is exremely conservative given her very limited experience in the world and she and Bobby Tom cracked me up during their times together. Bobby Tom finds uses for her both personally and professionally. During the story's climax, I found myself quite frustrated with Bobby Tom's character and thought he truly had experienced one too many concusions in his lifetime to act as clueless, stupid, and inconsiderate as he was. But he redeems himself...eventually. A side romance develops between two other characters in the book that brings some other types of emotions to the story and this couple moved me a great deal. I loved the characters, except for Bobby Tom at times, and I felt fully engaged in the story. I'm looking forward to reading more of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's books!
My Favorite Quotes: “Anything worth having is worth fighting for.”
“I never thought I'd have to give you-a former Sunday School teacher-a lecture on ethics." "Former Sunday School teachers don't go around without their underwear." "You show me where it says that in the Bible.”...more
What a Dragon Should Know is the third installment in G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series. This is the first book I have read from this author or in this sWhat a Dragon Should Know is the third installment in G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series. This is the first book I have read from this author or in this series, and I read What a Dragon Should Know as a standalone novel and enjoyed it as such. If you're planning on reading the entire series, I would suggest starting at the beginning. There were parts of the book that indicate there was a backstory but it didn't negatively affect my reading experience. This book falls in the paranormal romance genre and features shapeshifter dragons, political turmoil, clever strategy, epic battles, and love, all set in a medieval fantasy setting. This book had me rolling with laughter and then later had me on the edge of my seat in suspense. For most of this book, there is witty and hilarious dialogue between the lead characters Dagmar Reinholdt and Gwenvael the Handsome and I enjoyed watching their interactions with each other shift as the story progressed. I have never read books that feature dragons before, but as a newbie I think I found a great set of books to start with!
My favorite quotes: "'Go on,' he offered magnanimously. 'Feel free to piss on yourselves and cower helplessly.' Gods, sometimes his generosity overwhelmed him."
“I already explained this. I don’t like you. True, I don’t like most people, but I especially dislike you. I could start my own religion based on how much I dislike you.”...more
I loved Tangled. This is the first book in author Emma Chase's Tangled series. As noted in the book's synopsis, Tangled features lead character Drew EI loved Tangled. This is the first book in author Emma Chase's Tangled series. As noted in the book's synopsis, Tangled features lead character Drew Evans who has never been in a romantic relationship that lasts for more than one night and he likes it that way. That is until he meets Kate Brooks. This spoiled boy starts to learn he can't always have everything he wants.
I read my fair share of books in the contempory romance genre and my favorites are the stories with plenty of humor. Tangled had such an interesting writing style, and its honest male point of view made it very funny. There were many scenes that made me laugh out loud and I can see this book easily adapted to film...and I would watch it in a heartbeat!
My favorite quote: “No man wants to f*** a skeleton - and nibbling crackers and water like a prisoner of war at dinner isn’t attractive. It just makes us think about what a cranky b**** you’re going to be later on because you’re starving. If a guy’s into you? A cheeseburger deluxe is not going to scare him away. And if he’s not? Ingesting all the greens on Peter Cottontail’s farm isn’t going to change that, trust me.”...more