Book Reviews

Book Reviews And What I’m Reading

When I launched this site in January I had big plans to do book reviews, weekly posts, finish my own book, write for other blogs and somehow find time to take a shower. Some of it has happened (not usually the showers) and some of it hasn’t. Like the book reviews. Initially I wanted to read really shitty books in order to write possibly funny, irreverent book reviews where I would tear the book apart and virtually stab the author in the heart. Then I started getting serious about my book and realized that, like ugly children, even bad books have a parent that loves them. Also, I have no interest in reading bad books. Usually I can’t make it through the first 50 pages of bad writing, let alone 300 pages. And really, who has time for that?

So, if interest prevails, I will be writing real reviews on the books that I do read and giving you a list of the books I am in the process of devouring. Whether it makes sense or not, I am usually reading three or four books at the same time. My attention span is short and unless a book hooks me like a good shot of heroin, I like to move back and forth between a few reads at time. This also means that it takes me quite awhile to finish long novels and a few never have the chance. (I started The Winter of Our Discontent four years ago and yeah….that may never come to completion.) That’s what you will find here. Me starting a book, never finishing it and you wondering if it was good. You’ll have to get over it. Today you get a review of a book I actually finished in two days (vacation, people, look it up) and really liked.

I would love to know what you are reading, so comment with your summer reading list or a book you would like to have me review. If I make it through the first few pages, it may have a chance of getting reviewed right here on this blog where my mom may be the only one to see it. But like most things in my life, I can’t give a money back guarantee on that one. Mostly because I have no money. Happy reading!

(Note: I’ve gone the extra mile and made every title a link to Amazon, so you can pick up your own copy of every book you see on here. You’re welcome.)

I took Gina on vacation with me to St. Thomas

I took Gina on vacation with me to St. Thomas

My most recent nonfiction humor read was It’s Not That I’m Bitter….Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World by Gina Barreca. I’m going to to say up front that there is really only one reason I bought this book at the Erma Bombeck Writing Conference back in April; because I met Gina in person and I loved her more than a bowl full of pasta. That’s a lot of love. We met on the back porch a few times during the conference and while I knew she was a faculty member, I didn’t know what a well known writer she was. She’s kind of a big deal. When I put all the pieces together, I felt a bit shameful for not kissing her toes and pledging my undying love. Next time for sure.

I brought this book with me on my last vacation and once I delved in, I couldn’t get out. Like a laughing hyena trapped in small cage who can read and has opposable thumbs. I’m the hyena and the cage is an airplane. Placed precariously between two complete male strangers, I giggled and snorted to the point of exhaustion. So yeah….it’s fucking hilarious. Gina’s book covers everything from how women are perceived in society to the fact that we may be getting a bit too excited over being nostalgic. On the being a woman front GIna writes “We (women) all believe we’re too bitchy, too judgmental, too jealous, too loud, too easy, too much, too crazy, too messy, too greedy, too passive. Some of these I would like to change, but mostly I just want to look at them. Mostly I just want to point and laugh.” This book is a quick read, perfect for summer afternoons and a must for any woman who has ever felt just a little outside the norm. The chapter titles don’t disappoint either; ‘Why Do They Call It A Glass Ceiling When It Is Just A Thick Layer Of Men’ or my personal favorite ‘Why Do I Make Myself Miserable For Paying Another Woman To Clean My House.’ You may as well be sitting on your back porch, wine glass in hand, talking to Gina herself because it’s exactly like reading this book. Trust me, I’ve done both. This book is filled with humor, witty comebacks and tales of functioning in society when you are of the female persuasion.

If I haven’t convinced you to become a Gina fan yet, let these two lines be the catalyst to you jumping into this book head first. “I think that, in fact, if women stopped apologizing for everything we do and everything we think, we could have a lot more time in our lives. We could reorganize the government. Write books.” Gina Barreca for President and yes please…..more books.

Proof that my story holds up. Gina, me and the patio.

Proof that my story holds up. Gina, me and the patio.

Currently reading:

At Wit’s End by Erma Bombeck

Ketchup Is A Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O’Bryant

The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

APE: Author, Publisher, Entreprenuer by Guy Kawasaki