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review 2017-11-18 17:05
Funny and surprisingly wise
Bossypants - Tina Fey

So last week I embarked upon my cruise a little worried (unnecessarily as it turned out) that I might burn through all 1,400 pages of reading material that I had brought with me. Because of this, I decided to stop at the ship's cafe where they kept a small collection of titles left behind by other passengers (something i had done myself once before, and which I had planned to do but for the delay in receiving the book I had ordered to bring along). Three titles stood out; the one that looked the most appealing was Tina Fey's 2011 memoir, so I decided to give it a try.

 

Her book proved the perfect read for the trip. It was every bit as funny as I expected from a comedic writer of her caliber (30 Rock is easily one of the best sitcoms of the millennium), and its lightness was ideal for my mood. What I hadn't expected, though, was the vein of wisdom running through the book. Not only does Fey provide a humorous look at her life, but along the way she made observations and drew lessons subtly from it that I found very perceptive. The contrast here for me was with Amy Poehler's Yes, Please which I recall being funnier but less coherent as an account of her life. Fortunately, we live in a world where I can read and enjoy both books for what they have to offer.

 

Oh, and I should add that this is another excellent reason why I'm glad I don't have an e-reader, as not having one led me to seek out and read a book that I might not have otherwise picked up. Yet another way that print books make me a richer person!

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text 2016-10-29 02:09
Nonfiction November
Jeannie Out of the Bottle - Wendy Leigh;Barbara Eden
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Dad is Fat - Jim Gaffigan
Out of Sync: A Memoir - Lance Bass,Marc Eliot
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Christina Lamb,Malala Yousafzai
Bossypants - Tina Fey
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy - Sue Klebold,Andrew Solomon
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir - Ruth Wariner
The Girl with Seven Names - Hyeonseo Lee,John David Mann

I know it's a few days early, but I'm kicking off Nonfiction November with Barbara Eden's autobiography. Got it at the library because it just looked too interesting not to check out. I have high hopes for this month. Lots of good reads lined up. I have noticed most of my 5 star ratings are nonfiction.                  

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url 2016-09-13 13:30
Top Ten Favorite Women's Memoirs
Mighty be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War - Leymah Gbowee
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Malala Yousafzai, With Christina Lamb
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth - Sojourner Truth,Olive Gilbert
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog - Jen Lancaster
I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion - Gretchen Berg
Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I'm MEAN. But I like knowing people's definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?

My favorite genre is Science Fiction, but one could hardly ask me to pick favorites there. I decided instead to do my favorite of the memoirs that I've read. My full list of memoirs are here, with some biography and anthologies of women sprinkled in.

 

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review 2016-09-06 00:00
Bossypants
Bossypants - Tina Fey I read this book after some other comedy-memoirs recommended it. I did not feel any connection with her jokes and life story although her writing wasn't so bad.
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text 2016-07-30 23:49
July Reading Wrap Up
The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us - Michael Moss,Scott Brick
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini
Tea Cups and Carnage - Lynn Cahoon
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Bossypants - Tina Fey

Courtney Milan Challenge (100% completed - 3 months ahead of schedule!)

1. The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) - 3 stars

2. The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister #4) - 5 stars

3. Talk Sweetly to Me (Brothers Sinister #4.5) - 3 stars

 

Non-Fiction Challenge (29/50; 58% completed)

4. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - 3.5 stars

5. Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss - 5 stars

6. Easter 1916 by Charles Townshend - 3 stars

7. Troublemaker by Leah Remini - 4 stars

8. Bossypants by TIna Fey - 4 stars

9. Yes Please by Amy Poehler - 4.5 stars

10. 4,000 Years of Uppity Women by Vicki Leon - 2 stars

 

TBR Pile Down

11. Killer Run (Tourist Trap Mystery #5) by Lynn Cahoon - 3 stars

12. Murder on Wheels (Tourist Trap Mystery #6) by Lynn Cahoon - 3 stars

13. Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery #7) by Lynn Cahoon - 4.5 stars

14. At the Duke's Wedding (Anthology) by Various Authors - 3 stars

15. Killer Cupcakes (Lexy Baker Mysteries #1) by Leighann Dobbs - 1 star

16. Dying for Danish (Lexy Baker Mysteries #2) by Leighann Dobbs - 1 star

17. A Season for Love: Holiday Sparks/Mistletoe & Margaritas/Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey - .5 star for two stories, 3 stars to one story

18. Harlequin Holiday Collection by Various Authors - 4 stars to two stories, 1 star to one story, and 0 stars to one story

 

Reading Challenge: 108 out of 150 books (72% completed)

 

Events: 24in48 Readathon, COYER Challenge, DoD Library Summer Program

 

 

 

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