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.



3. Amy Poehler – Yes Please

Last night, I finished another book. Winter break is great for getting lots of reading done. I’m going to miss all this down time when I go back to school next week.Anyway, I finished Yes Please by Amy Poehler, which I read in three nights.

I love Amy Poehler. Absolutely love her. And this book only made me love her more. Prior to reading the book, I actually didn’t know that much about her as a person. You know how you come to love a character on a show, and then in your mind because you love that character so much, you start to associate all their traits with the actor themselves and just love the actor too even though you know next to nothing about them? Yeah, that’s how I was with Amy Poehler. Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows, and if you haven’t watched it already, I strongly suggest it. It’s hilarious.

I really like to read memoirs, particularly if they’re written by a comedian, because it is basically guaranteed to be a great and hilarious read. (I read Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling this past fall, and I’m still obsessed with it.) When I heard that Amy Poehler was coming out with a book, I immediately wanted it, so I asked my boyfriend to get it for me for Christmas.

Amy Poehler - Yes Please (photo taken by me)
Amy Poehler – Yes Please (photo taken by me)

I really liked Yes Please because it’s not just Poehler looking back on her life or telling story after story of things that happened in her life. This book is a mix of a memoir and advice and just things that are important to her. She writes in a very casual way and uses her book as an opportunity to be upfront about how hard the task of writing a book really is.

My favorite parts of the book were her stories about things that happened when she was working on Saturday Night Live and stories from the set of Parks and Recreation. Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows and I’ll be really sad when it ends after this next season. I almost cried while reading some of the things she wrote about Parks and Rec. 

Overall, this book was great. Her voice is funny when she tells stories of her past and nurturing when she gives advice. The book is setup in a way that makes it very easy to read, short little chapters split up with pictures and notes she wrote when she was younger. I would definitely recommend this book, and I have a new love for Amy Poehler now that I’ve read it.