Hi! I have some book reviews for you. I'm not going to talk about anything but a few books. I'm not even going to tell you what I'm not specifically going to talk about. I need a little break, how about you? Here are my recent finished books:
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
I love Jim Gaffigan, and the more of him I read and see, the more I like him. He's just laugh out loud funny - not trying to push the envelope, not trying to get some sort of shock-value laugh - just hilarious. He tells the kinds of jokes you can repeat to your kids or your grandma but are still legit funny. This is the first of his books that I have read, and focuses on his role as a dad and his relationships with his kids. Plus, at the time of his writing of this book, he was living with his wife and five kids in a two-bedroom New York City apartment, which is just mind-boggling to me. Fun read. Really good for right now.
Followers by Megan Angelo
This book toggles back and forth between a modern-day plotline and one thirty years in the future. The actual plot was fairly decent I suppose, but more enjoyable was the take on our society's current fascination with online notoriety and what that might look like in the future. We might have people who live their entire lives online (practically the case already, I feel) and we might have those who have had enough and are ready to disconnect. This book explores what that might look like and throws a story on top of it. Too bad that the story doesn't have more likable characters and a little more oomph, then it would be an amazing book. As is, I found it to be interesting but overall just okay.
The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer
A former aspiring actor myself, and a big fan of The Office (before it got kinda crappy), I opted to make this my phone-book when it was for sale on Kindle last week. I was pleasantly surprised with how great it was! Lots of great information about the industry, as well as some fun insider scoop from The Office (although I also just started the Office Ladies podcast, which is nothing BUT insider scoop so that's fun!). Jenna is just awesome! She really worked her butt off to get where she is, and how she describes that overall process for working actors helped me feel a lot better about switching up my life plan when I was in my early 20's. I'm glad she didn't, though! Awesome book, highly recommend.
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers
Husband has anger issues. His crappy driving puts wife in coma. Does wife forgive him when she comes out of a coma? Does he sleep with his intern while she's laid up in the hospital?
Also, they have kids, and the 14 year old daughter sometimes acts like she's 8 and sometimes acts like she's 20. Although, as I type that, does sound about right. But while I was reading the book just came off as inconsistencies.
The author does a good job with the complexities of this particular husband and wife, but I will have forgotten everything about this book by next week. I've read ten others like it. And, too, do people really experience comas that much? Seems like a common theme.
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.