Genre: Humor

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

It’s been a really long time – almost a decade – since I’ve tried to decipher the hidden meanings behind a play.  But I’m going to try!  I’m pretty sure that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is about … death.  I suppose that shouldn’t be a revelation, since it’s in the title, but man I struggled with this one? Honestly, this play just made me feel stupid.  I feel like there must have been some exciting and deep conversation to be had about this play.  Maybe it’s the sort of thing that’s a bit lost in translation?  Maybe it’s better with group […]

Posted August 18, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

There’s a lot of revelling and a lot of chaos going on in Lords and Ladies.  The fourteenth book in the Discworld series and the fourth in the Witches storyline.  I’l pass on the warning that Terry Pratchett left on the first pages of this book – while most of the Discworld novels can be read independently, it’s highly recommended to read Witches Abroad before reading Lords and Ladies. I will say that the only witches book I’ve read is Carpe Jugulum, and I never felt lost reading this one?  But the author recommends maybe not picking this up independently so I thought I’d pass […]

Posted August 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Okay okay.  To dispel the elephant in the room first thing – I don’t necessarily agree with everything Caitlin Moran says.  Also, I think that labeling this as a “feminist manifesto” does both a great disservice to the book as a memoir, and to feminism.  Caitlin Moran is a feminist.  But this is a memoir filled with personal opinions and anecdotes.  It’s not her telling people how to be a feminist, at least not in my opinion.  It’s more like… her outlining her life using feminist themes to organize her life stories and personal opinions. While I’m not sure if Caitlin Moran […]

Posted August 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

It has been far too long since I’ve read a Discworld novel. I read Pratchett’s Dodger a couple years ago, but that one fell short for me – the humor and absurdity I love so much in Discworld was not there.  I’ve been meaning to read more of this universe for the last couple years… but The Light Fantastic in particular?  It’s been on my TBR since I read The Color of Magic in my senior English class.  It’s been on my TBR longer than I’ve had an official, trackable TBR.  So it’s about time I read it.  I’d like to take a […]

Posted July 26, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants by Tina Fey

You know when you pick up a memoir because you REALLY like a celebrity and you’ve REALLY enjoyed some piece of their work and you’re REALLY hoping that when they talk about their lives, you can relate because of how much you’ve related to their work? (Holy run-on sentence, Batman). This was how I felt about Bossypants. I love, love, LOVE 30 Rock.  Liz Lemon’s hot mess spoke to my soul.  And I was positively terrified to read her memoir because 50% of all the memoirs I’ve read have disappointed me.  Which is fine, but the way.  Memoirs do not exist to coddle […]

Posted June 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

They warned me this wasn’t as good as Lamb, but I didn’t listen. A Dirty Job has the same humor as I was expecting from Christopher Moore, but the pacing was a little more awkward here, and the jokes were much more abrasive.  In this book, Charlie Asher becomes a Death Merchant quite against his own will.  Death Merchants aren’t Grim Reapers… they’re more responsible for soul transference.  When someone dies, their soul is transferred into a beloved object, and it’s the job of people like Charlie to make sure these ascending souls get into the right hands. Of course, it’s all […]

Posted May 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //