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.

33. Hilary Winston – My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me

Heyo! Trying to make up for lost time by reading a book quickly, how am I doing?!

My latest read was My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me, a collection of stories by Hilary Winston.

Hilary Winston - My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me
Hilary Winston – My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me (photo taken by me)

As you might have guessed by the title, the book starts out with Winston in a Barnes & Noble, discovering a book written by her ex-boyfriend. The book is supposedly fiction, but Winston finds word-for-word conversations she had in the book, with the narrator’s “fat-assed girlfriend”.

Understandably, Winston has a minor breakdown when she finds the book. Then, she is inspired to tell her story.

The ex-boyfriend who wrote the book, Kyle (as she calls him in this book), dated Winston for 5 years, and she thought at one point that he was the one. Obviously, that didn’t work out, and she uses this book to tell some of their stories, and storied of other guys in her life.

The setup of this book kind of reminded me of I Don’t Care About Your Band, because both are memoir-like and recall many sexual encounters, a lot of them with guys they didn’t really know (I’m certainly not passing any judgment here). I personally have no experience of hookups like this, but I love books like these.

Another factor that really made the book enjoyable was Winston’s tone. She was funny – she is, after all, a comedy writer – but also relatable. I felt like she was my friend telling me stories about her life. Also, I would like to point out that this book wasn’t only about hooking up with random guys. Winston uses this book to tell the story of her life after a really big breakup, and there is much more than sex in it.

I really enjoyed this book, which you might have guessed by the fact that I read the whole thing in under 24 hours. I was sad when I finished it, and not just because *SPOILER ALERT* in the epilogue she tells us that her cat, Emmett, who we read about all through the book, had died. Honestly, that part had me in tears (and I’m not even a cat person. But she did mention that everyone loved Emmett – even dog people). But it was a really good book.

I’m kind of tempted to read the book that “Kyle” wrote, even though I’m fairly certain I won’t like it. Not only is he portrayed as kind of a douche in this book, a quick Google search shows reviews of said book, and he seems like a douche in interviews, too. It seems like a book that is more meant for guys (although it seems to me that the kind of guys who would enjoy it aren’t typically the kind of guys to read books in their spare time), but I might still check it out. Might. In the future.

Anyway, I really liked this book. It’s funny, it’s truthful, and it’s a really easy read. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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.

1. (My first actual post!) David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice

First of all, Happy New Year to all reading this! I usually don’t really celebrate New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t even if I wanted to last night because I’ve been super sick since Christmas. 😦 But I hope you all had a wonderful night and I wish you all a great year. I’ve decided to do the “Photo A Day” challenge, so if anyone is interested in checking that out, it’s on my tumblr (www.drvnkfvck.tumblr.com).

Anyway, since I stayed in last night, I took the opportunity to read a new book, Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. I ordered this book on Amazon a few weeks before Christmas so I would have time to read it during the holiday season, but they sent me the wrong book! (Not Amazon themselves, it was one of the used books options.) So I had to contact them and they sent me the right book, which I just got the other day.

David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice (photo taken by me)
David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice
(photo taken by me)

The book is somewhere around 150 pages and is a collection of stories, which David Sedaris is known for. I’ve read one of his other books, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, this past summer. I really liked his style of short stories about his experiences that were presented in a comedic way, so I was expecting to love Holidays on Ice. It was a good read, but I didn’t necessarily love it, mainly because I was confused when stories would jump from his point of view to a fictional (I’m guessing) story. I just wish the fiction and nonfiction had been separated into two parts, maybe then I would have liked it more.

In terms of the stories themselves, I generally liked them. A few of the nonfiction stories were also in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim so I skipped over those ones, but the new ones were funny, as per usual.

Overall, this book was an easy read that I enjoyed. It’s not your typical happy lovey Christmas book, and I think that makes it fun to read around the holidays, just because it’s something different.