Genre: Humor

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

It’s complicated to review comic book like this because it really all comes down to someone’s sense of humor.  There’s no coherent plot, because it’s just a set of humorous strips.  Add to that the fact that Matthew Inman – aka The Oatmeal – is a web comic, then reading one of his books probably seems kind pointless, right?  Why bother with the book when at least 75% of the content is available for free online? I’ve been following The Oatmeal for a decade and his comics have always made me smile.  I’ve thought about acquiring one of his books for YEARS […]

Posted May 19, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne

Frank Banning is a nine-year-old aficionado of 1940s musicals with an eccentric writer mother.  When Alice comes to stay and keep an eye on Mimi whole she writes her new book, Frank is apprehensive of this stranger in his home.  But with time, patience, and trust, the two become fast friends. While it is never expressly discussed in the book, it’s clear to me that Frank Banning is somewhere on the autism scale.  He’s a sweet child and extraordinarily smart, spouting facts at every turn and requiring reminders for certain social queues.  His mother is ill-equipped to help him survive […]

Posted May 6, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

This book is hilarious.  It is also immensely sacrilegious.  Lamb looks at the story of Christ and acknowledges that there’s not a lot of conversation about the time between infancy and adulthood.  Have you ever noticed that nobody talks about that part of Jesus’s life? Levi-who-is-called-Biff takes the task into his own hands.  There’s swearing, a lot of sexual references, nods to other active religions from the time, and a lot of times that things surprised me into laughter. Anyway.  The thing to know about Lamb is that… if the idea of reading a humorous, crude, retelling of Jesus’s teenage-hood through the eyes […]

Posted March 7, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
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 //