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review 2017-01-10 00:00
Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups
Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups - CearĂșil... Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups - CearĂșil Swords,Maria Eftimie,Joe Johnston What an interesting collection of short stories. From a woman who gets a day off from her job in the dungeon with an ogre and a troll, to a man whose fears of the impossible consume his life, these stories range from downright hilarious (in that wacky, absurdist style reminiscent of [b:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|11|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)|Douglas Adams|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327656754s/11.jpg|3078186]) to meaningful and touching.

My favorite story was definitely The Woman Who Needed to Sit. It's told using all of about 3 sentences, though one runs on so long, it quite accurately conveys the hectic life of a busy mom, while still remaining perfectly readable.

Each story begins with "Once upon a time," and ends with "And they all lived happily ever after," lending a fairytale feel. I love how the author takes the most mundane of ideas (a man who is running late and needs to tie his shoes, a woman whose parent's fear she doesn't have a good head on her shoulders), and gives it a fantasy twist (the shoes refuse to let him move, the woman takes her head off and tries on some others).

I'm not sure about the sample in the back, though. It rambled on in the most curious way, and I couldn't tell you what that story will be about. Don't blink. You might miss something. Though in his defense, the author did say that "Its process of construction resembled sending vowels and consonants downstream towards a waterfall and making a story out of the words formed by the letters that cling desperately to one another and to the driftwood as they fast approach the drop."

So I can't vouch for the end excerpt, but the rest of the book is fantastic. And you don't even have to be a grown up to enjoy it. :)
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review 2016-06-15 12:12
What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? - Virginie... What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? - Virginie Morgand

When I saw this book I knew I just had to have it, I saw excerpts/sneak peeks of it on Twitter and fell in love with the book. It finally came in 3 days ago, and yesterday I had a chance to read it.

This is a really fun, terrific book. Separated in various workplaces, from hospitals to theatres, you will see 8 people in each workplace and learn about their job, what the name of their job is, and also a short description of it. I really loved this, though at times I thought it was a bit too generalizing. I can imagine that they had to do it because otherwise the book would become too big but still I wished they had done it a bit differently.

I also loved the giant pictures before the job descriptions. You could see all the people at work and see what they were doing. I loved searching for the people and what they were doing, it really gives something extra to the book, instead of just a book about jobs, it is also a bit of a search puzzle.

There was however one thing that confused me, one thing that stood out and was weird. This book is about jobs, about workplaces, about what grown-ups do at such places. However, there were a few people who didn't do a job, unless these days those are jobs (in that case, I am all up for those). Things like a woman who is a shopper (just doing groceries), or a lady from the audience (in the theatre). Those are not jobs, and I think it is just odd that the author decided to add those. I can imagine it might be fun to add them and show that there is more to the workplaces than just work, but then don't promote the book as a book for kids to find out what they want to become later. Don't promote the book as being all about workplaces and jobs then.

The art was pretty awesome, though I (and this is not racist) wish they would have used a bit of a lighter colour for the people who were dark-coloured. Saying this as a style thing, I loved seeing the faces (since they had some nice expressions) of the characters, and the black and brown colours just ate each other and made it hard to see the character. It just became a bit of a blob, and that is a shame. I was delighted to see that they were doing characters in all colours (and shapes and also not letting gender determine the job), but I think this one should have been thought out more.
Other than that I can only have high praise for the art. Especially the big pictures before the jobs, those were just a delight. I loved the details, the colours, and the way the art was done.

All in all this was a terrific book and I am sure that kids will love this one a lot. It might confuse them, since not all characters do a job, but I am sure parents (or teachers) can explain. :) I would recommend this book to everyone.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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review 2015-12-20 23:59
Grace's Guide( The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up)[GRACES GD][Paperback] - GraceHelbig
A hilarious, fun-to-read book.

In the same way that Hannah Hart's My Drunk Kitchen is less of an actual cookbook and more of a fun-filled, joke-riddled, positive outlook on life, Grace Helbig's Grace's Guide is not a traditional self-help book, but is still a very fun and fulfilling read.

Much of the advice is a no-brainer, but is related in a funny way with plenty of humorous anecdotes. The text is sure to make you smile and brighten your day with its optimism even in not so good situations.

Reading this book is like talking to a good friend and is sure to make you feel a little bit better about life.

A lot of the book is just silly, complete with pictures, making for a nice, easy, feel-good read.
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review 2015-09-11 00:00
Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous
Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous - Alyson Walsh,Leo Greenfield A great read, if a little rough in the language area. Walsh puts it out there .. find your style, buy the best you can, and live your life. It's all about the big difference between fashion (as in what they show on the runway) and style (what you choose to wear).
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review 2015-08-28 17:03
Breaking up (with books) is hard to do
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley

That's right.  My särbo (Ahh, Swedish.  "Living apart together."  Couldn't have put it better myself.) John & I did not finish this book.  We gave it a shot, but in the end, we had to say our goodbyes.   

 

I'm fairly certain this is the first book I have ever not finished.  I've set things down for a time before eventually returning to them.  I've never started certain books, even books I've personally requested, because I was afraid I might not like it.  "Better to miss out on amazing than to admit you didn't like it," I thought.  I like an unblemished record when it comes to knowing myself.  I've pushed myself to the brink of insanity to finish every word of absolute mystery rather than admit defeat.  Gulliver's Travels.  15 years between us and it still puts me in a bad mood.  I am a reader, not a quitter.  I'm sure if I just give it another try, things will get better, right?  I have never not finished a book.       

But here we are.  2015.  Decades into my relationship with reading.  And I did not finish a book. Please allow yourself a moment to experience the gravitas of the situation.   

 

Now let's talk about why.  But first, an aside on audio books.  This was our first audio book together, so we really weren't sure what to expect of the experience.  Would it be able to hold our attention?  Would we get bored doing nothing but listening for hours on end?  What if we wanted to have a conversation?  Is that even allowed during the listening of an audio book?  Eek!  As you can tell, our nerves were already on edge.  Our verdict on audio books is almost in.  We think we like them.  It helped pass the time quickly, we were both able to stay focused enough to keep track of the plot, and he even drove the car without major incident!  A rule has been set in place that a book may be and must be paused in order to converse. We listened to several more over the course of the trip.  All in all, a hearty 3/4 thumbs up for audio books.  

 

Back to this one...It was an historical fiction murder mystery told from the point of view of an 11 year old chemistry enthusiast.  

 

The good parts:  Lots of clues sprinkled throughout the story that tie in nicely together.  They help keep you holding on through "one more chapter" and give reason for the large cast of characters.

 

The not-so-great parts:  Large cast of characters.  Not nearly enough action to move the story along and keep everyone straight.  Too much "chemistry" not enough "fizz boom bang."  We expected the chemistry to be a more integral part of the plot line.  It was an audio book.  Therefore, we couldn't skim quickly the way we could with an ink-and-paper publication.  It also very much sounded like it was being read by an 11 year old girl.  A narrator can really be the make-or-break factor in an audio book.  This one, for us, was a break.  It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't our favorite.                  

 

So, there you have it. I didn't finish a book.  One disc ended and we didn't put in the next.   And yet, my heart still beats.  I remember to breathe on a semi-regular basis.  I'm not even experiencing any crippling depression or guilt about the experience.  In fact, the whole thing has been rather liberating. 

 

I've decided a less-than-stellar book should be treated like a less-than-stellar significant other.  "Sorry.  It's not you.  I'm sure you'll make a wonderful book for the next person who checks you out."  I might even not finish another book soon!  Or two or three!  *deep breaths*  Golly, this is fun.  Look at all this new time I have to devote to books I'm truly connecting with. 

 

Best of luck with your own love/hate relationship with that book you aren't necessarily dying to return to.  Take my advice & don't be afraid to just walk away.  The sooner you do, the sooner you both can find your literary match. 

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