52. Nick Offerman – Paddle Your Own Canoe

Whoa, sorry I haven’t posted in a while! It’s partly because my last book took me forever to get through, and also partly because I’m just lazy.

I read this last book partly over my Thanksgiving break (which was nice, it was sooo good to be home!) and then finished it last weekend. IMG_7680

The book was Paddle Your Own Canoe, a *sort-of* memoir by Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec.

I loved Parks and Rec, and if you’ve been with me for a while you know that I love reading memoirs by comedians.

However, I was disappointed with this book. It was just boring to me. Sure, there were some funny parts, but for me they were few and far between.

I was expecting more humor, but it kind of felt like it was full of too-big words.

He spent a lot of time telling the story of how he grew up to be a comedian (understandably), but those parts got pretty boring for me. I liked when he talked about his more recent years with his wife, but that was only a part of the book.

I think a lot of people think that Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman are one in the same, but of course they are not. They may have some similarities, but if you’re thinking of reading this book just because you love Ron Swanson, I would not recommend it.

I’m sure there are people who enjoy this book, but it just dragged on for me. I was mostly reading it just to get it over with, because I’m almost never a book quitter (there was one book I started reading this summer that was so bad I never finished it).

Anyway, I just don’t really have anything to say about this book. I had high hopes for it to at least entertain me but it barely even did that most of the time, sadly.

 

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45. Tina Fey – Bossypants

Heyo! I finished my latest book a few days ago, but I’ve been busy with not too much time to post about it. I actually just got back from a Mets game, which was super fun!

Anyway, the last book I read was Bossypants by Tina Fey. To be honest, this book has been on my list for a while, but I’ve always been a little skeptical about it. I feel like most memoirs (or similar books) by comedians tend to feel a bit heavy for me, which I find weird. For some reason, I also felt like this book might be a little bit too much about how Tina Fey dealt with being “in charge” and less about funny tidbits of her life.

Luckily, I was wrong. I’ll admit, this book did start out a little slow for me and took a while for me to get into it, but after that, I really enjoyed it.

Tina Fey - Bossypants (photo taken by me)
Tina Fey – Bossypants (photo taken by me)

It’s no surprise that Tina Fey is a funny lady, and her book is an extension of that. She shares stories of her life – from when she was young to (almost) present day (because it was written a few years ago).

She talks about her ascension into the comedy world, including Mean Girls, 30 Rock, and of course, playing Sarah Palin on SNL. I thought most, if not all, of her stories were funny, and once the book got going I could hardly put it down.

My one complaint would probably be that some of the chapters were really long, and as you all know, I like my chapters short. I just like to read any chance I get, and if that means reading for 5 minutes before class starts, I like to be able to stop at the end of a chapter and not just in the middle of a page.

However, that doesn’t change how much I liked this book, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Tina or her work. It’s a thumbs up from me.

44. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

Yikes! I keep forgetting to post on here! In my defense, I had a super busy weekend this past weekend going home for Oktoberfest (which was super fun)!

Anyway, I finished this book the weekend before last. I read it in just two days while I was at my grandparents’ house.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (photo taken by me)
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (photo taken by me)

It’s a Chelsea Handler book but it’s written by other people in her life, like her friends and family.

All the contributors tell stories that paint a picture of Chelsea in the reader’s head, so that by the end we really feel like we know her.

I used to always watch Chelsea Lately when I was in high school and I’ve previously read Chelsea’s book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. 

That being said, I had a pretty good picture of Chelsea in my head already, but since she’s so hilarious, I felt like this book was worth a read. I’m also still thinking of reading some of her other books in the future.

This book is really funny. Some parts are really inappropriate and kind of crude, but if you’re at all familiar with Chelsea Handler, that won’t surprise you. If you’re unfamiliar with these comedians, you may be a little shocked by the topics or wording, but if you know them and think they’re funny, than you’ll probably like the book.

39. Megan Amram – Science… for Her!

I first heard of Megan Amram a few years ago when I found her Twitter account. I thought she was hilarious, so I followed her. She also happened to be a writer for one of my favorite shows, Parks and Rec. She’s hilarious, and I recommend checking out her tweets, for starters.

Megan Amram - Science... for Her! (photo taken by me)
Megan Amram – Science… for Her! (photo taken by me)

I just finished Science… for Her!, a parody “textbook” that she wrote. It’s written in the form of a women’s magazine to provide women with (incorrect) science information in a way that they can understand. There’s not too much to explain about this book, since it’s not a story, but just a look at the cover will give you a good idea of what it’s like.

This book was hilarious and had me literally laughing out loud more than once. I’d definitely recommend it as a good humor read. In all honesty, it is a bit of a weird book to read, just because of its texbook/magazine style, but it’s seriously funny and worth the time.

The one downside I noticed was that I felt kind of weird reading this book in front of other people, because it does look like a textbook, but it made for some good, funny, light reading before bed.

If you’re at all familiar with Amram, you’ll love this book, and even if you’re not familiar with her, you’ll probably still love it.

25. Julie Klausner – I Don’t Care About Your Band

Wowza it’s been a while since I’ve written on here! Sorry about my hiatus, I’ve had a busy couple of weeks finishing up school with not too much time for reading. I’m back home now for the summer, so that means plenty of time to read outside!

Yesterday I finished up I Don’t Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner. I don’t remember how I heard about this book, I probably found it on Amazon and you all know how much I love memoirs, so I got it.

Julie Klausner - I Don't Care About Your Band (photo taken by me)
Julie Klausner – I Don’t Care About Your Band (photo taken by me)

This book is a memoir about Klausner’s (mostly failed) dating adventures. She tells story after story about guys she hooked up with or dated throughout her life, mostly her college years and her twenties. She shows her experiences with crazy guys, how some guys don’t live up to their hype, and how crazy the whole dating thing is.

The book is pretty funny but it was completely unrelatable for me. I’ve never really gone out on dates with someone I barely knew, and I’ve been out of the dating game for almost two years now, so I couldn’t really connect with it. That made the book seem more fictional for me, although I know those situations totally do happen.

Anyway, Klausner’s stories can kind of make you feel bad for all of her misfortune, but she tells them in a hilarious way and you can tell that she doesn’t have regrets about her life.

It took me a while to get through this book, which was kind of unusual. While I was reading it, it felt like I had been reading for a long time but hadn’t gotten through many pages, which I usually don’t like in a book, especially a memoir.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Although I couldn’t relate to her situations, Klausner certainly can tell a funny story. The one thing that I didn’t like so much was the way she casually mentioned some things that people could easily take offense to, such as self harm or eating disorders. She uses topics like those as the butt of a joke, so if you’re at all sensitive to something like that, you may not want to pick up this book.

9. Alida Nugent – Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse

After my last disappointing read, I was looking for something that I would really enjoy…and I certainly found that in Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent. The book is under 200 pages so I read the whole thing yesterday, but it was a great read.

Alida Nugent - Don't Worry, It Gets Worse (photo taken by me)
Alida Nugent – Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse (photo taken by me)

The book is sort of a memoir, as Nugent tells stories about her postgraduate life and its disappointments. After graduating college, she struggled to jump into a career immediately, as a lot of people have in the past few years and continue to do today.

I had a feeling I would like this book before I even started it, because even though I still have a little over a year until I graduate, I feel like I’m not going to have a plan once I do. It was nice to read a story from someone who didn’t have her whole life planned out when she graduated, and Nugent’s stories are funny.

She gained popularity on tumblr before she wrote this book, which is a website that I love. Nugent is funny and relatable, and I think this book is a great read for anyone who will be graduating college soon or has in the past couple of years, especially if you feel like you’re in over your head.

One thing that I really liked about this book was the ending. Throughout most of the book, you read about Nugent’s struggles in life – from having to move back in with her parents, to working retail even though she has a degree, to her unsuccessful love life. However, the book does not end on a sad or depressing note. I really like the way Nugent concludes the book, on an uplifting note describing her happy life in New York City. It gives the reader hope that even if your life isn’t going the way you imagined it would, there are always positives to life and things can always improve.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, interesting, easy to read, and left me feeling good. As I said, I would definitely recommend this book to people in their 20s whose lives may not be playing out as they had planned.

7. Rachel Dratch – Girl Walks Into a Bar

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. The past week was filled with spending as much time as I could with my boyfriend before I had to leave for school, moving back to school, settling in with my new roommate, and then dealing with the first week of classes. Moving back to school is always really hard for me so I’ve been feeling kind of down lately. Long distance relationships suck no matter how far the distance is, but I’m trying to be grateful that I’m only 4 hours away and I get to see my boyfriend at least once a month.

It’s been a hectic week to say the least, but since it’s the weekend now, I’ve finally had some downtime to read in between showing my new roommate around the town. I had started Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch before I left for school, but only got about 10 pages in, so I basically read the whole thing this weekend.

You probably know Rachel Dratch from SNL (she played Debbie Downer in one of the funniest skits I’ve ever seen) or maybe some small roles she’s had in a few Adam Sandler movies.

Her memoir goes through her college days, moving to Chicago to do improv shows, moving on to SNL, and she talks about her love life and experiences in dating. Basically the book is a log of her life told as a story.

Rachel Dratch - Girl Walks Into A Bar (photo taken by me)
Rachel Dratch – Girl Walks Into A Bar (photo taken by me)

I’m still not so sure how I feel about this book. Usually, I love memoirs, especially when they’re written by comedians. However, from the start, Girl Walks Into a Bar struggled to get me hooked. The story was pretty fun and interesting, everything I would expect a comedian’s memoir to be, but I just didn’t have a real interest in reading it. As I’ve mentioned in some of my other posts, a lot of books have me hooked and I don’t want to put them down, but this one I kind of just read through to get it over with.

One thing I did really like about this book was the ending. Dratch writes at the end that she wishes there was a way to package the story up with a nice bow and present it as the end of the story, but she can’t. However, I really felt like it was all tied together at the end and it had a really nice ending.

Her story is also a very happy one. At the beginning, you see Dratch struggling as a comedian and later in the story you hear about her troubles finding love. But by the end of the book, she’s in a happy place. Sure, she admits that she doesn’t actually have it all figured out and that she’s just taking life as it comes at her, but I like that. I like seeing that she has a happy and fulfilled life but that she isn’t always 100% sure of what she’s doing. It makes me feel like it’s okay not to know exactly what you’re doing or that maybe it’s okay to not have a set plan.

Although I struggled to stay interested in the book, at the end, it made me feel happy, and because of that, I liked it.