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review 2018-11-29 21:24
The acting bug
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know - Retta

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta is a memoir written in essay form (seems to be the popular format these days). [A/N: If you're unfamiliar with Retta, she played the character of Donna Meagle on Parks & Recreation.]  This book is written more like a friend talking than anything else. While I was reading, I kept wishing that I'd chosen to consume this in audiobook format instead because I think it suits that medium better. (Honestly, I found this book a bit tedious and I'd like to blame it on the written formatting.) Retta covers the gamut from her childhood and what it was like being raised as an immigrant to this country (her family is from Liberia) to her career as an actress being continually put into a box by Hollywood. After reading Amy Poehler's memoir it's impossible for me not to compare the two and this in no way comes close to the awesomeness of that book. It was funny and I especially enjoyed her views on what it's like being a plus sized woman of color working as an actress in Hollywood but it didn't blow me away like Yes, Please. A solid 5/10. 

 

What's Up Next: El Deafo by Cece Bell

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-10-31 19:54
Monthly Run Down - October 2018
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know - Retta
The Magic Misfits: The Second Story - Neil Patrick Harris
The Cad and the Co-Ed - L.H. Cosway,Penny Reid
Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - Dante Fabiero
How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - D.L. Hughley
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Whiskey Dick - Ryan Ringbloom
Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: Th... Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Life Style for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - Don Colbert
Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story - Shannon Hale
Ever After High: Hunter Huntsman's Story - Shannon Hale



Books I Read:

 

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know - 4 Stars - Retta is my cousin, she doesn’t know it but I’ve adopted her.

 

The Second Story: The Magic Misfits - 3.5 Stars - I like the way this series is going.

 

Ashlynn Ella’s Story - 3 Stars - Ugh what a sad story she is signing up for.

 

The Cad and the Co-ed - 4.5 Stars - I loved these characters.  

 

Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - 5 Stars - Super cute.

 

Hunter Huntsman’s Story - 3 Stars - A little ridiculous and a lot cute.

 

How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - 3.75 Stars - Gave me a ton of emotions and supported a conversation that needs to happen across the country no matter how unwanted.  

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 5 Stars - ReRead:  I had so much fun rediscovering this fabulous book.  It still stands as my favorite of the series

 

Whiskey Dick - 4.5 Stars - I really enjoyed getting to know this couple. Their story was funny and sexy.

 

Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Lifestyle for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - 4 Stars - Full of yummy easy recipies






DNF:

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Put on hold until I can get the audio version.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly…. still.

 

Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter - listening to the audiobook

 

Whiskey Chick - Ryan Ringbloom - Thanks to my sister’s KU

 

Snowbound with the Single Dad  - Cara Colter - Thank you Netgalley




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

October: 10 books

 

2018: 86 books

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review 2018-10-09 15:24
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don't Even Know
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know - Retta

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curious



If our backgrounds had been more similar I would be sure Retta and I are related. Her love for TV reminds me of 80% of my conversations with my cousin. What I wouldn’t give to have her sit in on a break down of Vampire Diaries or Grey’s Anatomy with us. And the time she spent talking about Hamilton, I agreed with every word! I sadly haven’t met Lin-Manuel, Daveed, Oke or Leslie nor seen the show multiple times so I’m hella jealous. And should I even bother to talk about the lazy club??? HA!

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I’ve already recommended to my like minded bookish real life friends. And this babbling review can serve as a recommendation to my virtual bookish friends. Read it! Or better yet listen to the audiobook. It was great.



The Random Thoughts:

SN: I’ve always wanted to go to a pro hockey game. Now I know I need to sit on the glass. ;-)

The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review 2017-10-04 06:26
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel (audiobook) by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, narrated by Cecil Baldwin, guest starring Dylan Marron, Retta, Thérèse Plummer, & Dan Bittner
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Jeffrey Cranor,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dylan Marron,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

I’ve been a fan of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for a while (although I’m woefully behind at the moment), so I was very excited when this book was first announced. I’ve owned it in two different formats since it first came out in 2015, but I kept putting off reading it because I couldn’t decide which format to start with, audio or paper. I finally settled on audio, figuring that something that started as a podcast would be better that way. Now that I’ve finished it, I feel like I made the right decision.

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel stars Jackie Fierro, a nineteen-year-old pawn shop owner, and Diane Crayton, a single mom with a shapeshifting teenage son named Josh. As far as Jackie knows, she’s been nineteen forever and has owned her pawn shop forever. She doesn’t really think too hard about any of that until a strange customer, the Man in the Tan Jacket, comes in and gives her a slip of paper she literally can’t put down. Whenever she tries to get rid of it, it ends up right back in her hand. All it says is “King City.” Even worse, Jackie suddenly can’t write anything except “King City,” making it impossible for her to do her job.

Meanwhile, Diane’s life seems perfectly normal until one of her coworkers disappears. No one but her even remembers he existed, and it’s a mystery she can’t bring herself to leave alone. Her situation is further complicated by her son’s sudden desire to talk to his father. Diane would rather never talk about Josh’s father. Unfortunately, she keeps seeing him everywhere she goes. It gradually becomes apparent that the solution to both Jackie and Diane’s problems lies in the mysterious and possibly unreachable King City.

I vaguely recall one of the announcements about this book stating that it was written to be Night Vale newbie-friendly. Although, according to the Welcome to Night Vale wiki, Jackie, Diane, and Josh had all previously been mentioned in the podcast, I didn’t remember a thing about them and was still able to follow their stories just fine. That said, I don’t agree that this book is newbie-friendly, and I’d advise newbies to listen to at least a few episodes of the podcast before giving the book a try.

I went into this expecting it to be more like a normal genre novel. Instead, what I got was something that felt exactly like the podcast, except without weather reports, separate narrators for all the characters, and Cecil Palmer keeping the whole thing anchored. It took a long time for the connection between Jackie and Diane’s stories to become apparent. If I felt somewhat adrift and confused, I can only imagine how newbies who knew nothing the Glow Cloud, Tamika Flynn, the ban on wheat and wheat by-products and other Night Vale characters and events felt. This isn’t the kind of book you could jump into cold, unless your tolerance for the strange and surreal is extremely high.

I could only take this book in small chunks, at first. It got better as Jackie and Diane’s paths crossed more, and in the end I’d call this a “must listen” for Night Vale fans, although I still think the podcast is way better. I loved the scene in the Night Vale Public Library, the creepy Night Vale community radio ads, and the various peeks at what daily life is like in Night Vale. After many podcast episodes worth of wondering, I finally got to find out the Man in the Tan Jacket’s identity and goals. I laughed when I realized how the Erikas had helped Jackie and Diane out, and I cringed in arachnophobic horror whenever the tarantula got an appearance (that said, I

hated the way it died).

(spoiler show)


When I saw that this was narrated by four different people, I assumed it would be like other audiobooks with multiple narrators: one narrator handling the narrative parts and the others doing the dialogue, or each narrator handling a different POV. Instead, it was primarily Cecil Baldwin, with the other three narrators coming in about three quarters into the book to voice Cecil Palmer’s special radio guests, Old Woman Josie and two of the Erikas.

So there you have it: it wasn’t exactly bad, but it also wasn’t nearly as good as I’d hoped it would be. I’m glad I listened to it because it gave me more of the overall Night Vale story and let me get a better look at more locations in the town. I’ll probably relisten to it at some point, because I enjoy Cecil Baldwin’s voice and might like the book better now that I know how long it takes for the multiple strange and seemingly separate storylines to come together. That said, I’d hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wasn’t already a big Welcome to Night Vale fan.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2017-09-15 19:02
Reading progress update: I've listened to 1 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Jeffrey Cranor,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dylan Marron,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

I've had this in paper and audio format ever since it came out, but I dragged my feet on it because I couldn't decide whether to start with the paper book or the audio. Looks like I've finally decided: I'm going with the audio. I only listen to audiobooks while at work, so if I really get into the story I could always continue on with my paper copy at home.

 

This might work for Halloween Bingo, but it's tough to know for sure until I've listened to it. I know that the Night Vale world in general has lots of things that could qualify it for various squares.

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