Genre: Humor

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

After reading two of her books, I’ve decided that I both love and hate Maria Semple’s writing.  On one hand, I find that her plots just go around in circles without really getting anything done.  Her protagonists have a tendency to ramble, which is a bummer, and there are these whole side plots that don’t really seem to matter.  But at the end?  They all seem to come together.  They aren’t as rigidly structured as some other novels – I’d go as far as to say they’re messy.  But real life is messy, so on the other hand, that’s why I like […]

Posted January 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This books gets an awful lot of hype.  I’ve had it on hold for the audiobook at the library for almost a year, so I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people are still reading it.  I was excited when this finally became available because I was dying to see what all the hype was about. I gotta be honest, I didn’t love it? There were moments that is was alright.  I actually didn’t mind Bernadette as a character, and I thought some of her correspondences were interesting.  I particularly liked the email from Bernadette to her old […]

Posted November 29, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I am absolutely and unapologetically obsessed with Amy Schumer. Before reading The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, I appreciated and respected her.  I watch(ed) her show, I loved Trainwrecked, but I found her other movies just okay.  What I like about her was that she tells jokes I care about.  My husband loves comedians, but I can only take so many penis jokes.  Amy tells vagina jokes (and seriously, a lot of other clever jokes… but she’s sorta known for the vagina stuff), and also promotes against gun violence, and has a body that makes me feel like I am actually allowed to exist. […]

Posted October 14, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

“Explaining why you love something is one of the most important jobs on earth.” Well. Now because of this book I take an immense extra pleasure in discussing a good novel.  A good book wraps you up in a warm, cozy blanket and gives you magnificent hot cocoa and homemade chocolate cookies and says in that soft, familiar voice: “I love you.” How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran punches you in the face with a dildo and makes you listen to The Cure on repeat until either your brain explodes or you are in love.  It is not […]

Posted February 11, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

I had completely forgotten this book was on my TBR until it popped up as available on my Overdrive wishlist!  It turned out to be a really great surprise.  The Rosie Project is light, fun, and interesting all at once. 1.  Don Tillman is an excellent character.  His narrative voice is engaging, detailed, and keeps the pacing comfortable. 2.  I surprised myself by being on again, off again about Rosie.  Sometimes I like her, sometimes I didn’t.  That made her a highly engaging character, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted them to be in love, to be friends, or to […]

Posted January 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Joey and Mary Alice are being shipped off to their grandmother’s house. Every year during summer break, Joey and his little sister Mary Alice are packed off and set on a train to go visit their grandmother.  She lives in a small town a good ways off from the wild Chicago life that the kids are used to, and so it takes them a little while to adjust.  Every year, though, is a new adventure. From dead bodies to the oldest living settler, every summer is filled with surprises for the kids, who never quite know what their grandmother is […]

Posted December 7, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //